Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Favourites

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Hey there!!  Thanks for joining our Paper Adventures team blog hop for October!

The theme for this hop is ‘favourites’.  I wanted the team to share some of their style and personality with you – so keep hopping to learn more about what makes stamping fun for them!

If you haven’t started here, then you may have hopped over from our guest designer – Angela Meiritz-Reid.  She is every bit as gorgeous in person as she is online and we are delighted she agreed to hop with us today.

Next up is the host with the most – Siobhan Fitzsimmons!  Click on ‘next’ at the end of the post to see her favourites!


Siobhan hosted us at her beautiful homestead in the Perth hills on Sunday.

We turned our regular team meeting into a whole day retreat.  It was a wonderful luxury to share craft time with an amazing group of ladies.

The creative part of the day was filled by shoebox swaps.  Every team member designed a project and brought everything they needed to complete the card – all in a small box.

The cards were beautiful, with a gorgeous variety.  You might see some of them tonight!

Here’s an action shot of the shoebox swaps.  Thanks to Siobhan for the excellent photography!

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This is what my swap looked like all packed into the box…

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And once it was made…

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

So, my favourite???

It’s new things!  There’s nothing more exciting to me than the privilege of owning new stamps, ink, paper & tools!

My card features two new products  – Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) and a cute new stamp set called Colour Me Happy.

Here’s my beautiful markers….

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

They are an absolute dream to colour with!  The easiest alcohol markers you’ll ever use.  And they match our existing colour range!!

My card features three of the marker duos – Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight & Pool Party.

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Demonstrators were lucky enough to have a special ordering period for the new Stampin – available for everyone to order.  If new things are your favourite too and you’d like to be able to order first (and at a discount!), you should join our Paper Adventures team. Click here for more info!

If being a demonstrator isn’t for you just now, the Stampin’ Blends will be available to purchase on 1st November 2017.

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

With 3 catalogues a year plus limited edition releases, there’s never shortage of new favourite products to own!!!

Next up on the journey of favourites is Siobhan Fitzsimmons – she has a favourites list as long as mine, so I can’t wait for her to narrow down just one favourite to blog about!!!

Thanks to my amazing team, and our fabulous guest designer, Angela, for sharing their favourites!  I always love seeing what others are swooning over!

I know my wish list will grow seeing all the fantastic projects!!!

Luckily, there’s always a stamping order just around the corner in my house!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

 

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In Love With the Merry Patterns Reindeer

It might be his sweater, but there’s something delightful about the reindeer stamp in the Merry Patterns stamp set.

Merry Patterns is an exclusive stamp set only available during September & OCtober this year – which means you have 13 shopping days left to earn him.

All orders of $450 or more will include this awesome stamp set in your box!

Orders can be just yours, or a combination of yours, your family &/or your friends.  Sweep those order together, email them to me and get your paws on this cute Christmas set!

Here’s a card we made at class earlier this month:

Merry Patterns Reindeer | kelly kent

I love Night of Navy, white & silver for a classically modern Christmas combination.

Merry Patterns Reindeer | kelly kent

And of course, snowflakes again! {swoon}

To place an order, simply contact me direct or visit my online store.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Another Bronze Adventure!

The Paper Adventures team continues to soar to great heights.

The latest Adventurer to earn a promotion was Siobhan, now enjoying a 25% discount with her Bronze Elite status!

This is the bronze inspired card I made for Siobhan…

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Love the Foil Snowflake?  This one is heat embossed with Copper embossing powder!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

It looks scary, but it’s so easy to do!  Sponge your Versamark pad directly onto the snowflake, coat in embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.  If you missed any spots, you can go back with some more Versamark & powder and heat again.

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

The copper embossing looks great against the new Champagne foil!


Don’t tell my stamps, but I’ve been spending a bit of time lately with a different hobby – vinyl lettering.

It feels like everything that could be vinyled, has been!  Like any fun new hobby, it’s addictive.

I love being able to make custom creations that coordinate with the cards I made.

The bronze theme continued for an awesome mug for Siobhan.

We share a love of good quality teas!  And also a tendency to stay up too late stamping.

So, a vessel for some ‘late night stamping potion’ seems appropriate!

Vinyl | kelly kent

And then scissors on the back to keep with the craft theme…

Vinyl | kelly kent

Endless possibilities!!!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Nothing quite as special as a custom gift – which is why being a papercrafter brings me so much joy.  I love presents, but I love personalised presents more!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #150 | Favourite Holiday Catalogue Big Shot

As the weeks draw nearer to Christmas, I’m slowing building up my supply of cards & gifts for this festive season.

It’s another great Christmas theme at CASEing the Catty – Favourite Big Shot project from the Holiday Catalogue.

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There’s lots of great inspiration from the design team – so if you’re looking for some more Christmas ideas, make sure to hop around!

One of my very favourite Big Shot sets from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue is the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies.  Sewing is a popular hobby amongst my family & friends – so I’m excited for all the possibilities this set holds.

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This set of dies is part of the Quilted Christmas Suite.

There’s definitely something sweet about the patterns & colours of these products!

My inspiration for today’s CASEing the Catty project came from this photo on page 4 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I {LOVE} the concept of those cute little thread holder cards, but haven’t used them yet.  This was the perfect opportunity!

I used the patterns & theme of the sample card to create some mini cards (3″ square) with the thread card as the main embellishment.

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

The thread card was cut in Real Red cardstock and wrapped with Whisper White Baker’s Twine, finishing it off with a bow.

3″ cards are perfectly packaged in the super cute pizza boxes (also available in the Holiday Catalogue).

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

They come white but are easily coloured using your Stampin’ Spritzer.  Add 5-20 drops of the reinker colour you want (number of drops depends on the intensity you want) and fill to the top with Isocol (alcohol solution available at Coles, Woolworths & pharmacies).

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

Sets of cards make fantastic gifts.  It’s fabulous to have beautiful packaging options – I hope those pizza boxes stay around past this current catalogue!

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

You can fit quite a few cards in the box, but with the spool of thread on each notecard, they ended up being a thicker than usual.

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

They do still, however, fit in the cute little 3″ envelopes.(another Holiday Catalogue must have!).


If you have time this week, or have been inspired by this theme, please join us in the CASEing the Catty challenge.  Entries are via our Facebook challenge group – click here to join.

For more amazing inspiration, visit my beautiful & talented friend Angela Meiritz-Reid and her classically beautiful creation….

Thank you for joining me and the CASEing th Catty Design Crew.

We appreciate your support!

#celebrating150challenges

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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A DSP Journey…

With the great DSP special on during October, I got inspired to go back to a favourite card design of mine where the DSP is the highlight!

I ended up going on a ‘paper adventure’ with some gorgeous patterns.

And some favourite stamp sets – Happy Birthday Gorgeous & Painted Harvest.

The colour journey started with this pretty design from the “Whole Lot of Lovely” DSP…

DSP | kelly kent

And then realised that this retired pattern from the Birthday Bouquet DSP (recently on the Clearance Rack) was a very similar pattern with a pink influence…

DSP | kelly kent

Which then reminded me of the delightful patterns in the Daisy Delight DSP…

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And this one too…

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So, all up in an afternoon of pottering about at my craft table, I was able to create a stack of pretty cards using gorgeous DSP.

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Some of these cards will be sent to my friends having birthdays this month.

#imbringingbirthdaysback
#makeacardsendacard

Have you sent any cards this month?

It’s such a buzz to receive one – send a card and be the person to put a smile on someone’s face!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Do you need more DSP?  Here’s the designs available during the buy 3, get 1 free promotion running til 31st October 2017….

Foil Snowflakes – I just can’t get enough of them!

The absolute winner of the 2017 Holiday Catalogue for me hasn’t been a stamp set, new framelits or even the pretty paper.

The product I am absolutely in love with is….

Foil Snowflakes!

I can’t get enough of them {you can probably tell if you subscribe to my blog or social media!} – I’ve been using them on every project that crosses my craft table at the moment.

Many of the cards I’ve used the snowflakes on, haven’t actually been Christmas cards.  The Foil Snowflakes make amazing ‘doilies’.

We’ve still got just under 3 months left of guaranteed availability – and I am very hopeful that Stampin’ Up! will decide to keep them after that!

Have you ordered a pack?  Do you love them?


This is my latest ‘snowflake’ project – a kids birthday card!

Teepee Birthday | kelly kent

I also loved using the teepee stamp on this card.

Teepee Birthday | kelly kent

It comes from “Little One” – a stamp set designed for baby cards.  But it’s perfect for this fun 3rd birthday card.

Teepee Birthday | kelly kent

After blogging a few cards lately with Foil Snowflakes, I thought I’d look back and see all the ways I’ve used them so far…

Foil Snowflakes | kelly kent

1 baby card
1 anniversary card
3 birthday cards
3 Christmas cards

What occasion should I ‘snowflake’ next???

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #381 | Choose Two

Welcome to this week’s Just Add Ink Challenge.

It’s time for some fun & some choice!

Choose two from embossing paste, colouring & sequins.

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There’s a very small possibility that I didn’t choose – and that my card contains all three…. depending on how you look at it.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I was aiming for embossing paste and sequins, but when I look at my finished card, there’s that wonderful wash of ‘smooshed’ watercolour.

But I since I didn’t “colour” the ballerina, I’m not counting that for colouring.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

As term 4 begins, I’m getting an early start on the host of ‘end of year’ cards required for coaches, teachers and other important people!

This one was made with a dancing teacher in mind.  The baroque embossing mask reminded me of the elegance of a performance theatre.

And the Decorative Ribbon Border – the frill of the curtains!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

The ballerina is from Sugarplum Dreams.  I keep promising I’ll use the other stamps in the set, but so far the ballerina keeps getting all the ink!  To be honest, she is the sole reason I bought the set – so it seems fair.

The sentiment is from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set – because…. you know…. that font!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see all your entries for this challenge.- I know you’re going to come up with some amazing projects.

Join in over at the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also see all the sensational design team cards there too.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Colour INKspiration #19

Thanks for joining us for another Colour INKspiration challenge.

Can you believe we’re up to #19???  Your support has been amazing!

If you haven’t joined us yet over on Facebook, click here to be taken to our Facebook group.


Let me share the colours for challenge #19 with you – they are divine!!!

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Yellow, gray & white is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.

I admit, I don’t love the green in there (for the project I wanted to make) but the design team have used it as a wonderful contrast.

October happens to be an anniversary month for friends of mine.

And, by happy coincidence, their wedding colours were yellow & gray!

How amazing was the beautiful yellow bridesmaid dress I got to wear – total princess moment!

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So, I’ve used this challenge to make a sweet anniversary card…

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

As a striking background, I’ve used the silver snowflakes in a repeated pattern.

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

The anniversary sentiment is courtesy of the Number of Years stamp set.

‘Anniversary’ was too long for the Classic Label punch, so I had to improvise using a pencil & template!  It’s always fun to be creative with our cardmaking pieces!

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

As for Garden Green – I snuck it in for the ‘th’!

I would have been totally happy to leave it out – but the challenge rules made me hide it there!


This wasn’t the only anniversary card I needed to make for October.  It seems October is a popular month for weddings amongst my friends!

Another set of friends are celebrating one sweet year together.

This is their card….

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

I made it to match the colours & styling of their wedding card.

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The anniversary sentiment for this card came from the Milestone Moments stamp set.  I love that font!!

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Do you send anniversary cards to the couples whose weddings you’ve attended?

I’ve tried hard over the years, but since my record keeping system is scattered (and that’s a kind description!), they often sneak up on me!!!

A card in the mail is always wonderful, especially when it’s not expected.

#makeacardsendacard


That is all I have to share with you today!

Please continue the hop to see the fabulous project my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman has made using these colours…

Don’t forget, you can join in the challenge fun over on the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.

Thanks for hopping with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing a Coffee Card

I hit up the catalogue this week for a card using the Coffee Cafe stamp set.

Do you ever use your catalogue for inspiration?

CASEing refers to “Copy And Share Everything” or “Copy And Selectively Edit”.

When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, the Annual Catalogues were marketed as ‘ideas books’.  And it’s such a good description.

The pages are filled with ideas for colour combinations, layouts, techniques & other ways you can use your Stampin’ Up! supplies.

This gorgeous photo shows so many ideas for the Coffee Break Suite…

Coffee Break Designer Series Paper

Cards inspired from the catalogue can either be a direct copy of what you see, a mix of elements or a starting point for your own creation.

Coffee Break | kelly kent

My finished card used the layout at the right of the catalogue photo, the DSP background from the card above it and added some copper heat embossing & woodgrain textured embossing (which I have realise as I write this, is not longer current!).

Coffee Break | kelly kent

If you already love using the catalogue for inspiration, or if it’s a new concept to you, you might want to join our CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

Each week we select a catalogue category or theme and set a challenge for you to ‘CASE’ the catalogue.

I find my best creations often come out of challenges!

Be inspired!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #149 | Year of Cheer

And just like that, the school holidays are over!

Back to packed lunches, early starts and after school activities!!!

If you have kids, what kind of holiday parent are you?  Love the change up and find it hard to go back, or – at your limits and ready for someone else to entertain them for 7 hours of the day???

I’m a holiday loving mumma – but mostly for the sleep ins I think!!!

Staying up til 1am is a little easier when I know I don’t have to be up at 7am!


Because it’s Sunday, it’s time for another CASEing the Catty project.

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Today, we’re CASEing the Year of Cheer section of the Holiday catalogue.

Choose any element of what you see from pages 36 – 47.

I’ve chosen to CASE the colours & styling of this super cute treat bag on page 45…

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Although you probably don’t often think of black for baby cards, black and pink together make a cute modern twist on the traditional baby card colours!CTC #149 Hello Baby | kelly kentI’m pretty sure the original Stampin’ Up! project is Flirty Flamingo, but I softened it up a little by having Blushing Bride as the pink.

The DSP choice is the same, and I’ve kept the vellum heart {so much to love about the inspiration card!}.  The vellum is applied using a small amount of Fast Fuse.  It barely shows up through the vellum – perfect!  And even more perfect – buy a Fast Fuse during October and get 2 free refills!CTC #149 Hello Baby | kelly kentI’ve lost count of how many different types of cards I’ve used the Foil Snowflake on now.  They are definitely not just for Christmas!!

The ‘hello’ is from the Hello Friend stamp set – I’ve got a total crush on this stamp set at the moment!  To get the depth of colour I stamped it three times in Blushing Bride using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the placement.

The ‘baby’ is from Happy Celebrations (love that font!) in Basic Black Archival Ink.CTC #149 Hello Baby | kelly kent

And the final fun touches are Black Shimmer ribbon, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Pearl Jewels and some Shimmery White Hearts.

I’m not sure where the hearts are from in the inspiration card, but cut mine using the Window Box Thinlit.  There’s two sizes in one of the square patterns – just beautiful for accents!

I just love how this card turned out – and although I haven’t forgotten, it reminds the wonderful inspiration contained within those catalogue pages.

Please join us with what inspires you this week from pages 36-47 of the Holiday Catalogue.  And share your creation with us on our Facebook group.

Thanks for hopping!

See what the rest of the design team has created, hopping from here to Angela Meiritz-Reid with another gorgeously pinkly baby card….

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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