Just Add Ink #389 | Inspiration

It’s about this time of the year I start getting Snowflake Fatigue!  The timing of this week’s Just Add Ink challenge is perfect!

Everything in this picture says Australian Christmas to me from the colours to the gum leaves!

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You can use any element or theme of the inspiration picture to spur your creativity.  Upload your project to our blog to share with everyone.

You can also see the fabulous Just Add Ink team projects on the blog.

My card is inspired by an Australian Bush Christmas theme….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

Apart from the sentiment, all the elements are from the non-Christmas product range.  There’s no such thing as ‘just a birthday set’.

The wreath is from Hello Friend, the gumnuts are from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous and the Wood Textures DSP is part of the everyday DSP range.

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

The floral elements from the Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe – even work well for a quick spruce of the inside….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m sure there isn’t a child who attended Kindy in Australia that doesn’t remember spray painting gumnuts silver or gold to make Christmas decorations!  I wonder if they still do that?

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m not sure if the availability of Pinterest has made Kindy teaching easier or harder?  I take my hat off to all teachers – it’s a rollercoaster of a job!  An hour in a classroom and I’m exhausted!

Thanks for joining me today!  Hopefully your Christmas card creating is going well.  I have much more ambition than time, so there’s a chance I’ll be extending the Christmas spirit through til January.  Or maybe Feb!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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A Good Idea Should Be Shared!

I don’t get lots of time to spend on Pinterest or Instagram, but I still love the 5 minutes I’m able to grab here & there – it’s always such a wonderful source of inspiration!

Some I pin/save for the pure joy of seeing the project, some I store for ideas in the future and some are instant loves that I want to play with straight away.

A card I saw during the week by my gorgeous friend Holly Stene was an instant love!  You can see Holly’s card here.

I changed up a few things, but total credit goes to Holly for this design!  I love everything Holly shares – she’s amazing!

 

7th Birthday Card | kelly kent

Credit for the clever use of the ‘th’ from the Happy Birthday thinlit goes to Teneale Williams – another of my favourite designers.  You can see Teneale’s project here.

7th Birthday Card | kelly kent

The layout of this card is fun!  I almost never think to put things on an angle!  And repetitive stamping is awesome!!!

7th Birthday Card | kelly kent

There’s a bit of the old (retired Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set) and a bit of the new (upcoming SAB gift – Bubbles & Fizz DSP) and some fun current favourites including the Five for All stamp set with that great happy birthday sentiment!

Thanks to Holly & Teneale for taking the time to share their creativity!

Sometimes you just need that starting point!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamparatus | Reserve Yours…

Stamparatus - pre-order now for 2018 delivery | kelly kent

The first reservation window for the Stamparatus filled up in 15 mins!

So, you know this is going to be one amazing tool – which means you’ll want to have one on order!!!  They are only $85 – with so many features you’ll be wondering why they didn’t charge more.

See my previous post for all the details on what a Stamparatus is & how it work.

This is the final reservation window – starting 5am Perth time (8am Sydney time) tomorrow – 6th December 2017.

Stampin’ Up! will take unlimited orders until 31st December 2017 and ship them, in the order they were reserved, from 19th March 2018.

The closer to 5am on 6th December 2017 that you reserve your Stamparatus, the quicker you’ll be able to purchase it in 2018.

Once this reservation window closes, the next opportunity to buy it will be the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue (June 2018).

There’s a limit of 1 per customer.  You’ll need to login to your online account, click here to visit the shopping page, and follow the instructions from there – CLICK HERE.

You will not be charged for the Stamparatus until it becomes available and you process your shopping cart.  You are welcome to reserve now now and then change your mind next year.  But if you don’t reserve one, there isn’t another chance.

Got all that?  The key points….

  • Reserve a Stamparatus anytime between 5am (AWST) Wed 6th December and 3.50pm (AWST) 31st December 2017
  • Orders will ship from 19th March 2018 in the order they were reserved
  • No payment til your order is processed next year
  • Reserve now, option to change your mind next year
  • Limit of one reservation per customer
  • Reservations via my online store – CLICK HERE

Please let me know if you have any questions about the reservation process or if I can help you with reserving one.

I can’t wait to get my hands on a Stamparatus.

It’s going to be the stamping tool that we wondered how we ever stamped without it!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Stamp Review Crew | Wood Words

Can you believe we’re down to our final two Stamp Review Crew posts for 2017???

What an amazing year of projects it’s been.  You can revisit all my SRC projects by clicking here.

I love being part of this design team.  It’s filled with international demonstrators that are as lovely as they are talented!

You’re currently hopping with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Australia.  From here it’s back to the US to visit Stesha Bloodhart. Be sure to complete the blog hop by clicking through the next button at the end of each post.

Today’s theme takes us back to the Annual Catalogue and one of the sets we got to play with last April at the OnStage event – Wood Words.

It has coordinating framelits including a cute little wood crate.  You’re going to love the diversity on this hop!

My favourite part of this stamp set is the block lettered sentiments, the pretty floral stamp and the lined shapes.  There’s so much potential!

I started my Stamp Review Crew creations by using the floral stamp as a bottom ‘peekaboo’ layer for this Navy & white card.

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

It’s such a stylish colour combination that I kept the design clean & simple.  The flowers are stamped on a base layer, which is then partially covered up by a small strip at the bottom and a larger panel at the bottom.  This then creates a sense of the flowers being in a window or peekaboo panel.

Here’s what is looks like from a side view…

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

That ribbon just makes me smile – so luxurious!!!  This bow has three layers of ribbon all tied together in a bow and attached with a glue dot.

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent


My next project is for a friend who sells skincare with a direct sales company called Rodan + Fields.  They are newly launched in Australia and in the 3 months since launch, she has achieved wonderful success.

R+F uses lots of hearts in their imagery, so I thought the heart stamp in their range of colours would be a nice way to show her I’m thinking of her.

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

I actually have a number of customers who are direct sales consultants for companies like R+F, doTERRA, Jamberry, Tupperware Nature Direct & Scentsy and buy Stampin’ Up! supplies to use in their own business.  If you are a direct sales consultant in Australia, get in touch with me to find out how to bring your customer thanks yous, team recognition and packaging up to the next level!

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

The Sweetheart punch (currently on the Australian Clearance Rack) is perfect for R+F too!  Punches are so easy to use and are awesome for notecards, tags, envelope seals & packaging!


My final project for today (I know…3 creations in one blog post!) was inspired by the “Fresh Treats” sentiment.   And the choice of baked treat?  By the semi-circle stamp in the Wood Words set.  It makes awesome bananas if you stamp in yellow and then use the stamp edge in Soft Suede for the banana ends.

A banana theme is actually perfect, because who doesn’t love beautifully wrapped Banana Bread??

SNEAK PEEK ALERT…. I’ve combined the Wood Words stamp set for my packaging with some upcoming products from Occasions 2018.  The Tutti-Frutti DSP has bananas!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

These are my top secret tips for any kind of bake sale (or cake stall as they are called here in Australia).

  • Bake mini – these little loaf tins are the perfect size to increase the cute factor!
  • Disguise your cake as ‘bread’.  It sounds like a healthier choice but we all know it’s really not!
  • Wrap in wax paper for a cafe style look
  • Finish with a cute tag & patterned paper!

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

Want to try out my Banana Bread recipe?  Here it is:

In a bowl, combine 150g self-raising flour, 75g plain flour and 100-200g brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like it).  Add 125g melted butter, 2-3 mashed bananas (I like lots of banana) and 2 eggs.  Mix well.  Bake in mini loaf tins for 25 mins in 180 degree oven.

My recipe is based on this one from taste.com.au.

Yum!!!  It really is a crowd pleaser.  And a great recipe to use up all the bananas that enjoy visiting school but come home at the end of each day!


That’s all from me today!  Visit the gorgeous & talented Stesha Bloodhart next.

You can find the full list of all participants here.  Please accept our apologies for any links that may be not working shortly after the hop goes live.  Sometimes it takes a little time to fix the inevitable IT issues!

Thanks for joining us!  See you in 2 weeks for the final Stamp Review Crew post of 2017!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #157 | Case a Colour Combination

How’s your Christmas card prep going?

I’d like to say I’m organised, but Christmas is coming at me so fast…!

Thankfully, there’s challenges like CASEing the Catty to keep me inspired with new card designs each week.

This week at CASEing the Catty, we are finding inspiration from a colour combination within the pages of either the Annual Catalogue or Holiday Catalogue.

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Since I’m on a mission to get some Christmas cards created, I chose the colours from the Merry Little Christmas suite – pages 10-13 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I love the contrast of the Black & Old Olive . It’s not quite modern, not quite traditional!!

This is my card using an eclectic mix of some of my favourite Stampin’ Up! products…

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

I love mixing and matching the items in my collection – it means you’re always sure to get an interesting finish.

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

Here you can see…

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

I’m calling this one stylishly modern!

If you need a kick-start on the creative process, perhaps you’d like to choose a colour combination from one of the catalogues and join in our challenge.  You can find us on Facebook.  Click here to join the fun.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous from in NZ – Sandra Collett.

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Easel Calendar Instructions

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this Easel Calendar as part of my Stamp Review Crew project using Painted Harvest.  You can find the original post here.

It got such an amazing response – I am so humbled by your lovely comments.

Many people asked me for a tutorial.  I hadn’t planned on writing a tutorial, but here’s the measurements and some basic instructions on how I put it together.

Note: All measurements are design for Australian/European A4 cardstock.  If you are in the US, some adjustments may be required.

STEP 1

Make a normal card base by cutting an A4 sheet of cardstock lengthways and scoring at half way (cut at 4-1/8″ lengthways, score at 5-7/8″ across).

STEP 2

Make the easel fold component by cutting a piece of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 3-1/2″ and scoring across the short edge at 1/2″, 1-3/4″, 3″.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 3

Attach the easel component to the bottom of the card base with a strong adhesive – making it into a triangle with a foldable base.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 4

Make a pocket for the front of the card by cutting a piece of cardstock 6-1/8″ x  x 4-1/8″.

Score at 1/2″ & 1″ from both short edges and one long edge.  Cut the bottom score lines into the pattern below…

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 5

Fold the edges up to create a box shape (that doesn’t have a back).

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 6

Apply strong adhesive and attach it to your easel.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 7

Finished!  Decorate using whatever design you’d like to look at for the next 12 months!

The cardstock on the front is 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ for the bottom layer and 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ for the top layer.  Adhere them together and slide into place (they sit inside the pocket).

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

The pocket can hold whatever you need – pen & post-its, note paper, emergency chocolate!

The note paper I used came from a large paper cube from Kmart.

The calendars are from Craftie Cafe mounted on a piece of DSP measuring 3-7/8″ x 2-7/8″.

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

New Stampin’ Up! is just around the corner!

It’s the 1st December and that means… Occasions catalogue pre-order!!!

There’s thousands of eager demonstrators around the world pouring over their new catalogue and selecting the items they first want to own from the 2018 Occasions catalogue.

I can’t wait to be able to show you the inside pages of the catalogue!

But for now, it’ll just have to be sneak peeks of what I’m making!

The theme of the new catalogue for me is ‘pretty’.  There’s lots of florals, pretty colour combinations and sweet images….

Like the birds from the Flying Home stamp set!

Occasions 2018 Flying Home | kelly kent

We made this sweet card at a demo class last month so I could show my team this gorgeous set that I got as part of my CentreStage experience.

Occasions 2018 Flying Home | kelly kent

We coloured the bird houses with the Stampin’ Blends.  They glide on – making colouring a dream!

Occasions 2018 Flying Home | kelly kent

The pretty paper is from the Sweet Soiree DSP.  Each sweet contains silver detail – it’s gorgeous!!!   And the sentiment?  You’re going to love the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set!

You might be happy to wait until 3rd January 2018 for new supplies but if you can’t wait, then join our Paper Adventures team.  You can add Occasions catalogue items to your Starter Kit ($169 for $235 of products with free shipping)!  And then enjoy a 20% discount on all your favourite Stampin’ Up! all the way through Sale-A-Bration 2018.

Click here to join the fun!

I’m ordering catalogues today.  If you’ve shopped with me in the past 6 months, I’ll make sure you receive one.  If you live in Australia, don’t have a demonstrator and would like a catalogue, please let me know and I’ll send one your way.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Painted Wreath

How’s your Christmas card prep going?

I’d like to say I’m organised, but Christmas is coming at me so fast…!

I have some designs worked out and some time planned to create!  That’s a good start – yes??

Here’s one of my latest cards using the Painted Harvest flower as a wreath.

 

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I have no idea who to credit the original wreath adaptation to, but what a cool idea!  From sunflower to Christmas wreath!

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I coloured some pearls with the dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend to make textured berries on my wreath.

The wreath is stamped in Pear Pizzazz for the bottom/fuller layer and Garden Green for the top/smaller layer.

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I can’t wait to have my cards made and send some happy around the world.

And I’ll be checking my letterbox for happy mail of my own!  The joys of having stamping friends is knowing you’ll blessed with some handmade goodness.

#makeacardsendacard

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Twice As Nice with Color Me Happy

I’m going to start this post by saying my favourite words when it comes to shopping…

FREE SHIPPING!!!

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That’s right!  For all of today (Sydney time) – midnight until 11.59pm or 9pm Sunday until 8.59pm tonight, Stampin’ Up! is covering the shipping on your order.  You can order online (the host code is: K3RDKZAT) or you can contact me and I’ll place an order on you behalf.

You can add anything to your cart and the final cost will be just your product total.  How awesome is that???

There’s no minimum or maximum spend.   So it’s a great chance to get those things you keep forgetting to order, or go nuts on your wishlist.


If you’re looking for inspiration for things to add to that shopping cart, the Stampin’ Up! world is loving the new Stampin’ Blends. See more info about them in yesterday’s ESAD blog hop.

Today I’m sharing the kit they’ve released to coordinate with the Blends – 16 cards in 4 designs that are perfect for colouring, with deluxe matching envelopes!

The card kit and clear stamp set is only $66.50 (with free shipping today!).

Great value – yes??? Beautiful colours – yes!!!

This is one of my favourite kits ever!  And if something is your favourite, you want to see lots of it – yes?

Stampin’ Up!’s kits are made with premium materials including card bases that are printed all the way across.  Without altering them, this means you get colour on the front & the back of the card.

While this is beautiful, it got me thinking about how I could use the quality of the kit materials to my advantage…

So, I cut the based up, added them with some of the supplies I already have in my stash to create two cards instead of one for each design.  And since you get 4 of each card type, I ended up with 8 of each design and 36 cards in total.

Color Me Happy Kit | kelly kent

Of course, this adds a bit of cost to the overall supplies used – but really, it’s coloured cardstock bases, Whisper White for stamping and some scraps of other coordinating colours.  Essentially, the cards are now twice as economical.  And at just over $2.50 each, they weren’t that expensive to start with anyway!

Color Me Happy Kit | kelly kent

8 of these cards are the square design in the kit, but when I changed up those designs, I added the square card base I’d cut to a full size coloured base – giving me 8 more full size cards.

Color Me Happy Kit | kelly kent

You could make all the cards full size if you didn’t like square cards (but then you wouldn’t get to use the ah-may-zing envelopes!!!).

Color Me Happy Kit | kelly kent

If you’re tempted to add some (or all) of the Stampin’ Blends to your order, or anything else on your wishlist, today is the day!

Free shipping til 8.59pm WA time tonight (11.59pm – EDST / Sydney time).

Visit my online store by clicking here.  The host code is: K3RDKZAT.

Or contact me direct so I can place an order for you.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com