Social Stamping | Get Better Soon

Hello! Thank you for sharing in another Social Stamping Blog Host. The theme today is ‘get better soon’. You can read more about it, see the history of Social Stamping Blog Hosts and view the full participant list on the main blog host post by clicking here.

My projects for today started off as a solo card using another fancy fold I’ve had on my wishlist to try. I shared a Step Panel Card earlier in the week – it was so easy and so fun.

Today it’s a Peekaboo Flap Card using the animals from the Back On Your Feet stamp set. I think we’ll see this used at least a few times on this blog hop – because it’s a fabulous ‘get well’ type set.

This was the first card I made using the giraffe stamp in Bumblebee with patterned paper from the Playing with Patterns DSP.

A Peekaboo Flap card has the die cut in the same place through all layers so that you can see through to the image on the inside on the card.

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

The flap is held in place by sentiment on the left side, which then opens up to show the middle layer.

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

And then opens again to show the inside of the card and the whole giraffe…

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

And then it all folds back up again!

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

Once I’d made this version, I couldn’t resist using the same fold to make a sloth version using Pear Pizzazz and Forever Greenery DSP….

And a turtle version in Rich Razzleberry and Artistry Blooms DSP.

This stamp set was so much fun to play with, even if it’s not so nice to need to send a get better card.

The 15% off DSP sale finishes today, so if you haven’t stocked up yet, there’s still time. Click here to browse in my online store.

You’ll also want to see the rest of the projects on the blog, click on the next for great inspiration from Julia Quinn.

Thanks for hopping with us.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | Get Better Soon

Hello! Thank you for joining me and my stamping friends for another Social Stamping Blog Host. We’ve been hopping on the last Saturday of each month to a shared theme. Today’s theme is “Get Better Soon”.

The Social Stamping Blog Host started when COVID was first making its impact on life in Australia. Very unbelievably, it is still having a significant impact on life on the east coast of Australia – particularly our friends in Melbourne & Victoria. They have only just had restrictions eased after a second wave of the virus. We are in a bubble here on the west coast with restrictions in place that make travel into and out of the state almost impossible. Only time will tell what we can expect here in WA as the COVID journey continues.

This theme could take on so many meanings – from the literal of hoping someone feels better soon from an illness to supporting someone in a hard time where you hope their situation will get better. There’s also this meme that pops up on social media every now and again that always makes me smile at the clever use of language (it must be the Speech Pathologist humour in me!).

Whatever the sentiment behind the get better wishes, I always love seeing what my creative friends share during these hops.  There’s a full participant list below – in case of any broken links.  Please enjoy the creativity shared and we hope to inspired you to make something crafty this weekend.

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Participant List | get better soon

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Julia Quinn
  3. Elizabeth Gross
  4. Denise Buetler
  5. Sandra Collett
  6. Michelle Strazds
  7. Sheila Pybus
  8. Andrea Sargent

Trimming the Town | Step Panel Card

This style of card (Step Panel Card) has been on my to-make list for forever. It’s definitely in the category of super easy once you know how and looks amazing, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to try it out!

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The card has two hinged sections which sit into box shapes when the card is standing up and lay flat when folded. This means it can be displayed beautifully, but it can also fit into a standard size envelope.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

I followed instructions and measurements by Amanda Bates – you can see her post here.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The theme for this card started with wanting to have the cute little Christmas trees from the Home Together Dies on the front panel. I used the ink swiping technique to create the coloured cardstock for these. Using the edge of your inkpad, swipe the whole pad (at an angle) across a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I layered Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz to get some contrast in green. I used the same technique for the cardstock on the front of the card base.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The Trimming the Town DSP coordinated beautifully with my trees so I’ve used it on the back panel of the card. The front panel is Whisper White with embossing from the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The finishing touches were Gold Glitter Enamel Dots and a Christmas sentiment from the Peace & Joy stamp set.

You can see the card above all folded up and ready to go in the envelope. It’s the perfect level of fancy, fun and practical for Christmas cards you need to post this festive season.

If you need any more supplies for you stamping stash, my online store is open 24-7 and delivery starts at a very low $5.95 direct to your door. Click here to start adding to your shopping cart.

Happy shopping and stamping!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Ornamental Envelopes | Christmas Wishes

I must confess, I’m not much for extra detail decoration when I’m making cards. I don’t often stamp the inside of cards and I almost never decorate the envelope. But, I do love it when I see both of those things and give myself a crafting high five when I do it myself!

So when I saw the Ornamental Envelopes bundle in the catalogue, with beautifully detailed stamps and fabulous dies for making envelopes pretty, it was a good way to up my game on those extra touches!

There’s envelope liners to match a range of different envelope sizes, which makes it perfect for all the cards you want to make this festive season. It’s tried and tested for Australian (and European) A4 sizing. I’ve used the standard C6 size envelope.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

As well as lining the envelope with pretty DSP – I’ve used Snowflake Splendor DSP – you can also use the dies to create cute features such as the peekaboo feature on the flap of this envelope.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

The card for this project coordinates with the envelope – using the same DSP (Snowflake Splendor). I’ve stamped directly on the DSP in Gorgeous Grape, using the Stamparatus so I could get a great bold inking with 2 or 3 layers of ink.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

Ornamental Envelopes doesn’t contain any greetings – it’s designed to match with the stamp sets you already have. I’ve used ‘Christmas Wishes’ from the Banner Year stamp set – and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

The final touch for this card was Basic Pearl Jewels on the baubles. I love the subtle shimmer of these pearls and the elegance they bring to a project!

You’ll find all the products needed to make this card in my online store. Click here to visit. Snowflake Splendor DSP is on sale for 15% off during October 2020 (so, only a few more days!).

Where do you fit on the ‘extra mile’ scale? Just the card with no extra stamping on the inside or envelope? The whole hog with envelope liners, envelope stamping and inside stamping? Or somewhere in between?

Or are you like me and it really depends on the card, the day and the amount of time you have??? Take me to the world with endless time and plentiful crafty supplies to play with!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | A Merry Hello

A very merry hello to you! How’s your Christmas preparation going? With the current pandemic causing significant delays within the postal system, I’m thinking November is going to be the month to get Christmas cards in the mail. Otherwise, they might be a merry happy new year!!!

Luckily, the theme this term for Social Stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe is Christmas. 8 wonderful opportunities to make Christmas card to send to your favourites this festive season. We started last week and almost had a full house!!!

I’ve already shared one of the cards from last week in my Stamp Review Crew post on Monday. You can see it by clicking here.

The second card was inspired from the catalogue. I often use the catalogue to inspire layouts, colours or designs. It’s not just a book of products to buy, it’s a great resource for ways to use your new & previous purchases.

With a change in colour theme and using the Heartwarming Hugs DSP, this is what we made…

Heartwarming Hugs DSP is on special all month and is perfect for all the Christmas crafting you’ll want to do in November.

You’ll find the A Merry Hello stamp set in the Stampin’ Rewards section at the back of the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue. It’s specially priced and an exclusive set you can only purchase with Stampin’ Rewards. Rewards are earned on every order over $250. Click here to start shopping on my online store.

The next Social Stamping class is tomorrow and we’d love to have you join us.

DSP | Add to Cart in October

All through October 2020, Stampin’ Up! are offering a 15% discount on selected DSP patterns. You can see them all in my online store. Here’s a snapshot from the store, click to browse online.

I have many favourites, but one that has particularly caught my fancy this year is the Whale of a Time DSP from the Annual Catalogue. It’s part of a suite and has a range of coordinating products including a stamp and punch bundle called Whale Done.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The DSP is filled with beautiful marine life including seahorses, turtles, crabs, jellyfish and more.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The punch coordinates with the paper and punches out the whales. I love it when I can add a perfectly coloured image from the DSP to my card!

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The other DSP I’ve been really getting a lot of use from is the In Good Taste pack. It’s a large pack, with 2 sheets of 12 different designs – which are all double sided, so you get 24 different photographic textile patterns. I’ve kept half the sheets as 12×12″ size and I’m using them as backgrounds when I take photos of my cards. Here’s a snapshot of some of them in action from my Pinterest.

Whale Done is just $17 until the end of October and In Good Taste is only $31.45. Shop online and have it delivered to your door. And then create pretty cards with pretty paper until your heart is content. I can’t think of a better way to craft than with DSP!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #528 | Choose Two

Hello! Thanks for joining me for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week it’s a Choose Two theme; create any project using two of the options – sequins, ribbons or metallic foil.

I could have easily used all three of these fabulous crafting accessories and after some internal debate over which idea to go with, I ended up choosing metallic foil and sequins to make a Christmas shaker card.

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

The design for this card started with the ‘heartfelt Christmas’ sentiment from the A Merry Hello stamp set which led me to a heart themed layout!

Some of my stampers hadn’t noticed this super cute set at the back of the Aug-Dec Mini catalogue – have you? It’s available for free using Stampin’ Rewards, which you earn on orders over $250 (in Australia, other areas have different reward structures). Click here to shop in my online store, add your favourite products and earn “A Merry Hello” for free!

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

I love the hearts from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. Scallops and stitching – yes please!!! The different sizes allow for beautiful layering. I’ve used vellum in the middle for a different medium to create the shaker, and the Sequins for Everything mix in the middle. There’s 4 colour variations in the pack. I’ve used the green tones and the metallic tones to match the DSP.

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

I had originally planned to use a solid foil, but when choosing a DSP, I couldn’t resist the gold foiling in the Ornate Garden DSP. Of course we have a catalogue full of pretty Christmas DSPs, but after crafting with them for the last month, I felt the need to go with a different pattern. You’ll find the Ornate Garden DSP in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!

See the shaker in action…

I know you’ve all got sequins, ribbon and metallic foil in your crafting stash, so if you’re in need of some inspiration for a project over the next week, please use our theme and share your creation on our blog.

Have a great weekend,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Wrapped in Christmas

Hello!  It’s another week and another Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I always love Mondays when I get to hop with my international Stampin’ Up! friends.  Today we’re all creating using the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set.

It contains 10 fabulous sentiments that you can use for all your cards this festive season.

My cards today have the same basic layout and design using two of the sentiments from this set.  The first one features the NOEL stamp.  The stitching detail on this stamp is so pretty!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Just Jade, Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock.  I always love an ombre colour palette!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

You might be able to do the background stamping on a Stamparatus – but I just eyeball the position and go for it!  It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be!

If you’re joining me at Social Stamping this morning, this is one of the cards we are making.  If you live in the Bunbury area, we’d love to have you come along and craft with us.  Every Monday morning for the next 8 weeks – 9.30am at Taste of Dalyellup cafe.  All the event details are on my Facebook page.


The other card I’m sharing using the same background stamping technique using the ‘peace on earth’ stamp.

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Rococo Rose, Night of Navy and Smoky Slate.  Another favourite combination of mine!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The ‘peace on earth’ sentiment in the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set also appears in the Peace & Joy bundle.  What a perfect combination!  And for even more amazing coordination, I’ve added in the globe from the World Map Dies.  These products work so well together!


The hop continues for more Christmas inspiration with Cindy Elam

I hope your week is wonderful!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pointillism

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Paper Adventures Team Hop. I’m mildly spinning that it’s mid October already. This year has been such a mixed bag that it’s equally the longest year ever combined with the most rapid year ever! That level of contradiction suits 2020 perfectly!

We welcome Kayla McCreadie today as our guest designer and I can’t wait for you to see what she has created. She has a beautiful straight line design style with lots of layers and texture. You can visit Kayla’s blog by clicking on the next button at the end of this post.

The theme for today’s team hop – pointillism – was chosen by Narelle and is just wonderful for extending our creativity. Pointilism is creating an image or pattern using small dots. Because of this, it can sometimes be called ‘dot colouring’ or ‘dot painting’.

You may not have heard of pointillism before if you’re a Stampin’ Up! lover, you will have definitely seen it! There are several Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that use this style to create the artwork including the Whale Done stamp set from the current Annual Catalogue. The images are made using lots of tiny little dots!

Using the fabulous samples from the Annual Catalogue to inspired the design, I’ve recreated each card on page 96 using Stampin’ Blends and the no line stamping technique. This gave the style more detail and colour than if stamped in one ink.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

Have you tried no line stamping before? Ink up in a light neutral ink (I’ve used Smoky Slate but Sahara Sand also works well) and stamp on scrap paper to remove most of the ink before stamping on Whisper White. You should be able to faintly see the image – enough so to add colour.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

I followed the basic shading of the stamp in the light and dark version of the Blend colours. I must admit, wasn’t too careful or fussy about where the dots went or how far they are apart. If there was too much white space, I added in more dots.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

The bullet tip end of the Stampin’ Blend provides the perfect size and intensity of dot for this project.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

This is one of my all-time favourite DSP packs. If you don’t have some, you should buy some! And if you have some, you should stock up on some more while it’s 15% off. Just $17 until the end of October. Click here to view all the DSP patterns that are part of the DSP sale in my online store.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

As well as colouring the image, I also used blue tones for shading around the outside of the sea creatures. There’s differents ways of expressing the pointillism theme. You could also use a solid image and add the dots around the outside.

To see how the rest of our team and our guest designer, Kayla McCreadie have been inspired by the pointillism theme, keep hopping along. For a full list of participants see the bottom of this post.

Next up is Kayla’s blog.

Thanks for joining us. We hope this theme has inspired some creativity for you this weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PARTICIPANT LIST
Kelly Kent
Kayla McCreadie (Guest Designer)
Lisa Whitehead
Robyn Houston
Shannon Kissane
Mandy Depiazzi
Narelle Simm

Just Add Ink #526 | Photo Inspiration

Hello! If you get my blog by email you will have seen that we had a little family trip down south and the posts from the last couple of weeks were all scheduled to go live while I was ‘off the grid”. I’m back now and I think I’ve almost caught up on the washing – though isn’t that a never ending task!

Today’s blog post is for Just Add Ink – challenge number 526! It’s a gorgeous photo inspiration which I know will bring out amazing creations from both the design team and the crafters who share their projects in our gallery each week. You’ll find the linky tool on the Just Add Ink blog – click here to visit. We love seeing what you’ve been inspired to make!

I must admit, this photo threw me for a while, but then I was on my way once an idea clicked. I’ve really been enjoying crafting with blues lately. The blue tones and lines on the mushroom helped me with the layout for this card.

A Cup of Thanks | kelly kent

The sentiment and stamps for this card are from the Press On stamp set. Have you seen it in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue? It’s hiding at the back and is the epitome of a ‘hidden gem’. I love the quirky greetings and the beautiful artwork of the takeaway coffee cups.

A Cup of Thanks | kelly kent

I’ve used the paper piecing technique to make the coffee cups into pretty patterned ones. I don’t often get takeaway hot drinks (since I don’t drink coffee) but I always love it when I see a cafe with printed cups. They are almost too pretty to use!!! These patterns are from the Boho Indigo DSP which you can find in the Product Medley on page 9 of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.

A Cup of Thanks | kelly kent

What’s your favourite crafty colour at the moment? I’ve been in this blue phase for a while! I can see some red and green on the horizon with Christmas heading our way. The Mini Papercrafts have started the countdown to Christmas and are starting to discuss what is going on their Christmas lists. With a new catalogue being released to demonstrators in December, I think mine will be 99% new stamps!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com