Stamp Review Crew | Dragonfly Garden

Hey there Monday! Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew hop with my friends from around the world. Today we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. This was the make & take set – together with the coordinating Dragonflies punch – for last November’s Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. So, there’s plenty of samples out there and we’re excited to add even more ideas to the mix on how to use this great punch bundle.

I’ve made two cards to share with you today…

The first card uses the stamp set, punch and coordinating Dandy Garden DSP. The colours are Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry and Bumblebee.- guided as always by the colours used in the DSP. It’s a great way to put together colours without too much thought.

I’ve clear embossed the floral image on the Basic White circle (using the now sold out Stitched Shapes for the circle die cut). I love the subtle detail this adds to complement the delicate pattern of the DSP.

The sentiment for this card is just the ‘friend’ part of one of the sentiments in the stamp set. I’ve used partial greetings for both cards. It’s a good way to make the sentiments work for your style of card making.


The second card for today was inspired by a stunning card shared by Jan Clothier. The layout using the stitched triangles is great for creating a scene and perfect for the Dragonfly Garden stamp set!

I stamped the images from the stamp set across a piece of Basic White cardstock and then cut using three different sizes of triangles as per the layout. I then coloured them with Stampin’ Blends and layered over two solid coloured triangles (Bumblebee & Blackberry Bliss).

The final touches for this card were an Old Olive card base, Basic White mat layer embossed with the Painted Texture EF, a Rich Razzleberry stamped dragonfly and another partial sentiment.

I love that so many of the elements of this card were the same but the end result was so different.

To see more Dragonfly Garden creations, please keep hopping. The next blog is the wonderful Cindy Elam. You can see the full list of participants by visiting the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Party Puffins | make a wishlist

It’s almost new catalogue time and I’m excited to have copies of the gorgeous new book in my craft room. I have started to deliver them to my customers. If you are new to Stampin’ Up!, don’t have a demonstrator for the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue or expect to receive one from me and haven’t yet, please let me know and I’ll make sure to get a copy to you. You can get in touch with me by email, Facebook or Instagram (or leave a comment in the blog and I’ll contact you).

I like to add a few things with the catalogues I send to my amazing customers. This catalogue they have a sample of the new In Colors, catalogue tabs, wishlist paper and a handmade card.

Some of the catalogues went with the cards I shared last week using the Party Puffins. The rest have this punny card also using the Party Puffins.

I love a good pun! This layout is great for showing off all the new In Colors.

Do you have an emerging favourite from the new In Colors? Mine has been changing on a daily basis though those greens are definitely getting a workout! I love it when an In Color set looks amazing together. These colours complement each other nicely – in any order!

If I count right, it’s only 16 sleeps until the new catalogue releases!!! Start making that wishlist!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | photo inspiration

Hello! Welcome to the April hop for our Paper Adventures Team. The theme tonight is a fabulous photo inspiration.

The photo was taken by our resident team photographer Siobhan Fitzsimmons at her Hightrees property. She is surrounded by the most wonderful Australian native flora & fauna.

I didn’t feel I could do justice to these native mushrooms, so I’ve used the theme to create using the cutest craft mushrooms we have in the Stampin’ Up! Collection – the Snail Mail DSP!

Snail Mail is a whole pack of fun – mushrooms and snails as far as the eye can see. I’ve layered them on this super fun double slider card. Yep – two sliding snails!!!

I first made a card like this last Christmas at a class by Mandy Depiazzi. She saw the idea on Lisa Curcio’s blog and made this version (click here to see). I couldn’t decide which snail to make slide, so I added two tracks and attached a snail to each.

When you pull the tab on the right side of the card, the inner piece slides out and guess what? – another snail & mushroom combo!

It’s a little bit of fussy cutting for the pieces. The coordinating dies cut out some of the snails, but they can all be cut using your Stampin’ Snips.

The beautiful fonts of the birthday sentiment was the final touch for this card. You’ll find that cute happy birthday in the retiring Rustic Retreat stamp set. At the time of writing this, it was still available at an amazing 75% discount – jump online to see if it’s still available now.

You’ll also want to keep hopping and see what the rest of the Paper Adventurers have been inspired to create by Siobhan’s photo. The full participant list is below, but if click on the next button you’ll travel around all the blogs. From here it’s over to the wonderful Narelle Simm

Have a wonderful weekend!

Participant LIst
1. Kelly Kent
2. Narelle Simm
3. Lisa Whitehead
4. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
5. Shannon Kissane
6. Sana Arslan

Party Puffins + 2021-23 In Colors

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators were able to order new catalogue Stampin’ Up! supplies a couple of weeks ago and I was excited to have my box land on my doorstep early this week. Housework neglected, bedtime ignored – it was so much fun to unpack and play with the gorgeous products.

Most of my box contained an assortment of products in the brand new 2021-2023 In Colors. Introducing…

They are a such a pretty mix! Do you have an early favourite? I love how well they coordinate together – ready for a range of styles of stamping.

Another cute little new addition in my box was the Party Puffins stamp set. The black stamping of the puffins was the perfect contrast to show off the new In Color range.

Dancing their way into our hearts, these puffins are definitely stealing the show from the pre-order list.

EVENING EVERGREEN

PALE PAPAYA

POLISHED PINK

FRESH FREESIA

SOFT SUCCULENT

As well as the In Color cardstock used for the card bases, there’s also Stampin’ Blends in each colour, a stack of DSP in 4 different patterns and sweet little gems.

The top layer of the card base has been cut using a new die from a set you’re going to want to have called Basic Borders. It’s going to add a great textural finish to your projects in 2021.

If you love the idea of having early access to all your favourite Stampin’ Up! products, you’ll be excited to hear that all the items you see on these projects are available on preorder and can be added to a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit. $169 for your choice of $235 of products including free shipping and then a 20% discount on all the orders you place until October 2021. If this sounds like a deal you’d like to get on board with, click here to buy your Starter Kit. If you have any questions, please message me.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Treasured Medallion | step it up

The last time I shared a card made using the Tresured Medallion stamp set I had borrowed it from a friend. I loved it so much I bought my own! You can see the card that started my love affair by clicking here.

Searching through my DSP stash revealed the Fine Art Floral DSP has a fabulous tiled pattern that I thought was perfect for the mandala style of this stamp set.

I don’t often use Petal Pink – but it was a great contrast to the pretty pink of the DSP pattern.

The sentiment stamping is wonky on my card – whoops! Should have gotten out my Stamparatus! But actually, I’m ok with my stamping being a range of perfect!

After making this card I thought it would be so easy to step it up to a something a bit more fancy.

My pathway to stepping it up –

  • Add layers
  • Add embellishments
  • Change to a fancy fold

This is another great way to make a set of cards – one to send, one for your stash. Sometimes a simple card is perfect for the occasion, sometimes you want one with all the extras.

I always love adding stamp sets to my collection that add diversity. This set is available until the end of June 2021 and after that will enjoy being on my retired shelf to enjoy for many occasions to come.

You can buy all your long term favourites in my online store. Click here to browse. You can currently choose from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

Rustic Retreat & other retiring gems

When the annual catalogue gets released, there’s always products that form part of your maybe wishlist. Usually I put off buying them and regret it when I have the perfect idea for a stamp set or accessory that I don’t yet own! The ideal solution would be to buy the whole catalogue – but I haven’t been able to convince Mr Papercraft that’s a good idea (yet).

When the Last Chance Retirement List comes out, it can be a great opportunity to buy those products that you didn’t know you needed to have until they won’t be available anymore. Rustic Retreat was always on my list, but with the wintery imagery, it never quite made it into an order …. that is, until it appeared on the retirement list at an amazing 75% off retail price. That’s right – Rustic Retreat, with a pretty Happy Birthday sentiment, a gorgeous Christmas greeting and a great quote is in the online store for only $10.50.

This is the first card I made using Rustic Retreat when it arrived.

I’ve combined it with some other retiring favourites that I already own, and are my favourites that I’ll miss in the new catalogue. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of lovely new things to add to your wishlist. But, if you don’t own any of these on the list below, I recommend you add them to your order soon!

  • Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Neutrals DSP
  • Braided Linen Trim
  • 2020–2022 In Color Enamel Dots

I also used some annual catalogue products that have already sold out including Word of Good DSP, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder and Bumblebee Ribbon. The Tasteful Labels Dies are carrying over to the new annual catalogue.

You can order any current or retirement list item by visiting my online store.

If you’re impatient to get your hands on the upcoming annual catalogue products, you may like to join my Paper Adventures team and add items from the preorder list (including the 5 new In Colours) to your Starter Kit. Just $169 for $235 of your choice of products, free shipping and a 20% discount on everything you purchase between now and at least October 2021. You can also sell to family/friends or customers and earn yourself a commission to keep or invest in more Stampin’ Up! If you’d like to know more, please email, Facebook or Instagram me. If you’d like to jump right in and purchase a Starter Kit, please click here. (Note: this link will only work for Australian residents)

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope there is lots of craft and you still have Easter chocolate to munch on!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #549 | Choose Two

It’s a Choose Two theme for Just Add Ink this week, and you have me to thank – or curse – for the choices!

I love the boho look of flowers with feathers! I must admit there was a component of challenge in leaving the leaves out, so that I just had two of the choose two elements. In the end I worked around it by using the feathers as the foliage.

The featured stamp set for this card is Beautiful Friendship. This is currently on the Last Chance Retirement List and will retire on 3rd May 2021 – or when supplies run out in the warehouse. These flowers are so wonderfully whimsy!

The feathers are from two other stamp sets – Tasteful Touches and Positive Thoughts. They’ve been getting a bit of workout lately – I’ve been loving incorporating feathers into my designs.

The colours for this card are Sahara Sand for the base, Rococo Rose (from the Sand & Sea DSP) for the background and Basic White with Subtle Embossing for the panels. The florals are Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose, Pool Party and Highland Heather. The feathers are Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake. The accessories are White Polka Dot Ribbon, Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon and Elegant Faceted Gems.

I can’t wait to see all the floral entries for this challenge. I know there’ll be lots of petals and leaves, but I’m excited to see what leaves & feathers and petals & feathers creations you’ll share. To add your project to the gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog by clicking here. You can also see all the ways the design team used the leaves, feathers & petals.

Thanks for supporting Just Add Ink – we really appreciate you all!

Hey Spotify, Play Happy Birthday!

This idea has been circling my mind for quite some time and I’m super excited to bring it to life!

It’s my take on the Spotify Glass Plaques – but in card format. The artwork emulates the screen when listening to a song on Spotify (a popular music streaming service). I’ve cut it in black vinyl to give it a luxurious feel.

The theme for this card was inspired by the gift – a vintage typewriter plant pot. It’s for a friend who turned 40 this week and I can see it being the perfect addition to her craft desk!

The typewriter is from a retired set that I haven’t been able to part with yet – PS You’re the Best stamp set. I’ve stamped it in Misty Moonlight ink and coloured with Seaside Spray and Misty Moonlight Blends.j

The flowers are from the Art Gallery stamp set, which coordinates with the background DSP for this card – Fine Art Floral. I love the texture of this DSP and it worked beautifully with my vintage theme. Turning 40 is a perfect vintage – don’t you agree!

The code at the bottom of the panel is real – when you scan it on the Spotify app it plays Happy Birthday. I love an interactive card!

Happy birthday wishes have never been so much fun!!!

Stamp Review Crew | Many Messages

Hello! Happy Easter! Did the Easter Bunny arrive at your place? Easter chocolate is my favourite so I always make sure to buy a little extra to keep me going through the next couple of months.

I’m hopping today with my friends from around the world. We’re sharing projects using the Many Messages stamp set and coordinating Messages Dies.

Although this stamp set can stand alone in its use, I think it’s best used to complement other themes and sets in your collection. It’s a one-stop shop for all occasions sentiments. But, since this hop is all about this bundle, I’ve tried to incorporate more than just the greetings by using the dies to create a background mosaic as well.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The first card uses the pretty purples in the range to create a ‘magical’ themed card. To coordinate with the styling of the sentiments, I’ve paired with the Hippo Happiness stamp set & dies.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The base is Purple Posy cardstock – sized at 5″ wide and 6-1/8″ long – to accommodate the full die set. I am trying to be more flexible with my card sizing this year and this was the perfect opportunity. I’ve double layered all those die cuts, using the negative to space them as per the layout on the die plate. The double layer gives nice depth and texture without the full height of dimensionals.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The rainbow is cut using different patterns from the range of DSP stacks I have in my collection – past, future and current. The colours are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy. They are layered on a vellum circle and finished with a heart from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. The rainbow is a cut file I used on my Cameo. You could easily cut something simliar by hand. If you have an e-cutter and would like this gorgeous pattern, you can purchase it from On the Beach Boutique.

The second card uses the same styling but in different colours and another flexible card size.

Many Messages | kelly kent

This card base is Thick Basic White cardstock in 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and I’ve again used tone-on-tone for the die cut background.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The rainbow is Magneta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Goregeous Grape and Bumblebee – and from the DSP stack that is coming up in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue which gets released in May. They were a special pre-purchase available in demonstrators during Sale-A-Bration or part of the starter kit for demonstrators who joined during Sale-A-Bration.

Do you have a favourite? Ombre purples or the bright rainbow?

There really is sentiments to suit a whole range of occasions. The sentments are all on one large stamp and the die plate is also one full piece so you do all the hard work in on motion (well two – stamp once, cut once!). Use some immediately and then save the rest for when you get a quick greeting on a card.

To see how the rest of the crew used the range of sentiments, please keep hopping. The next stop is the gorgeous Ann Schach is the USA.

Thanks for hopping with us today. To see the full line up of amazing designers, please visit the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Easter for the Adults!

Happy Easter! While there was lots of chocolate at Papercraft HQ this morning and the Mini Papercrafts very definitely had eggs* for breakfast, the adult presents were a little more…. adult!

*eggs may have been the chocolate variety

Decorated with stamping supplies, these adults only Easter presents were a hit at Papercraft HQ.

Supplies used:

  • Pretty Perennials stamp set
  • Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set (sold out on the retirement list)
  • Fable Friends stamp set (retired)
  • Layering Circle Dies
  • Layering Oval Dies (sold out on the retirement list)
  • Messages Die
  • Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (retired)
  • Cardstock: Basic White, Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray
  • Ink: Night of Navy, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Versamark
  • Accesssories: Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Glitter Enamel Dots
  • Stampin’ Blends: Crumb Cake, Ivory, Pink Pirouette (retired)

So many supplies from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue that were on the Last Chance Retirement list have already sold out. Make sure to put your order in ASAP if you haven’t yet. Stampin’ Up! orders are definitely an adults only Easter gift! They go nicely with chocolate! Click here to browse the online store.


The Mini Papercrafts spoiled me with the gift of time! And also some eggs to eat while I’m hiding away in the craft room in peace. They always have access to my scrap pile and I love seeing what creations they make!

I hope there is lots of excitement in your house today. In a world that can be serious and full of big issues, it’s nice to stop & experience the magic of Easter.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com