Last Chance – Thoughtful Branches

In August, Stampin’ Up! brought out a limited edition stamp & die bundle called Thoughtful Branches.

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Well, it’s limited run is almost at an end.  We’ve just been informed that the warehouse is down to it’s final stock and this bundle will soon be unavailable.

For ideas on great cards using this set, have a look at my Pinterest Board.

It’s such a lovely & versatile set.

This is a card I made using So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray & Whisper White.

Thoughtful Branches | Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

If you’d like to add one of the very last bundles to your collection, you can shop via my online store – or send me an email and I’ll arrange for it to be sent directly to you!

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Timeout Tuesday – Shaving Foam Technique

It was time for my monthly class this morning and we made this gorgeous card using the shaving foam technique.

Shaving Foam Technique - Christmas : Wonderful Year stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you tried it?

Tips:

  • Shimmery White cardstock works the best for this technique
  • any shaving foam will do – it doesn’t have to be expensive
  • add drops of each colour of reinker to your shaving foam and create a swirly pattern with a knife or skewer
  • ‘smoosh’ (that’s the technical term) your cardstock on top of your shaving foam mix
  • remove & wipe off the excess with a squeegee
  • all to dry before adding to your card

I’ve embellished with copper foil & embossing.

I {LOVE} the boldness of the sentiments from the “Wonderful Year” stamp set.

Shaving Foam Technique - Christmas : Wonderful Year stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hope you get a chance to try this fun technique.

It works with pretty much any colour combination – and the best part is the experimentation!  You will never get the same pattern – even from the same shaving foam / ink set.

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Stamp Review Crew – Host Set Bonus Hop

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Hello Long Weekend Monday!

And welcome to a bonus Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring sets from the Host section of the current catalogues.

Host Sets can be purchased at special pricing using your rewards from any qualifying workshop or order ($250+ in Australia).

Want to know more?  Ask me – or your local demonstrator – to help you earn Stampin’ Rewards.

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You are once again travelling around the world for a whirlwind of inspiration!

At the moment, you are in Bunbury, Western Australia.

If you get lost along the way (usually because there’s a broken link), click on the banner at the top of this post to take you to the full list of participants.


I have chosen the “Love You Lots” stamp set today – the animals are just so cute!!!

I matched them with some well known nursery rhymes – can you pick them?

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Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The layout for my card trio is inspired by the sketch from Just Add Ink #330.


How did you go with singing the nursery rhymes???

There’s Hey Dee, Hey Dee Ho, the great big elephant is so slow…

Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme set: Hey Dee Ho. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

3 Blind Mice, see how they run….

Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme set: 3 Blind Mice, see how they run. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And, Galumph went the little green frog!

Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme set: Galump went the little green frog. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Each card has it’s nursery rhyme printed on the back!

Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Thanks for joining me! I hope you enjoyed my nursery rhyme cards.

Did you have a favourite?  Was it because of the rhyme or card???  I love them all but always have a soft spot for elephants.

I think they make a fun change for a baby or children’s birthday card!


Next blog for this hop is the fabulous Rochelle – you’ll love what she’s made.  Click next to visit her.

You can also go backward if you’d like to travel from here to Betty’s blog and see the great project she shared.

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CASEing the Catty #97 Favourite Holiday Bundle

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Guess what folks?  It’s a long weekend here in Western Australia, so tonight is not the last moments of my weekend – woo hoo!!!

And I’ve been able to keep it relatively commitment free, which has meant lots of craft time already and more to come.

Lazy days are few & far between here!


Thanks for joining me for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  The theme this week is ‘Favourite Holiday Bundle’, so prepare to be inspired to use all those great bundles you’ve bought from the new catalogue.  There’s a great variety with the team all having different favourites.

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As always, ‘favourite’ was tricky for me – I love them all.

But at the moment, I’ve been enjoying using (and Pinterest-ing) my Santa’s Sleigh bundle – so I’m calling that the ‘favourite of the moment’!!!

My inspiration for today’s project came from 2 places – the catalogue (of course) but also from a fabulous blog post from Olga Cavanaugh.

Olga shares 4 different ideas for this bundle (most in 2 colour options)!  Make sure you click on her name above to visit her blog and see her great projects!


It was her z-fold card that caught my attention.

This is the catalogue inspiration, which formed the colour palette and some of the design elements.

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I combined it with Olga’s inspiring layout to create…

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Z-Fold cards are so much fun and so easy to make!

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My card features 6 Kraft reindeers with black hooves (as per the inspiration photo), a gold sleigh, green & gold trees and a Softly Falling embossed background.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Add some stars for extra bling, bows for the reindeer and glitter snow on the tree and it’s sparkly and bright!

The embellishment fits perfectly on the left panel – I wasn’t sure it would!!!  You can’t always translate 3D projects from the catalogue to cards without making adjustments.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Z-Fold cards fold up flat, which means they are perfect for posting to your recipient, who can then display them once they arrive.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

You write your Christmas wishes on the back, which is blank (unless you choose to decorate that too).


To make your own at home:

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock in half down the long middle – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″
  • Score at 2-15/16″ and 5-7/8″
  • Fold in half and then fold the section with the 2-15/16″ score line back again so it sits in front (at the left of the card)
  • Cut a strip of cardstock along the long edge 1″ wide (if you want it to line up with any background cardstock or DSP you are using, cut 1/4″ off the length)
  • Fold in half & crease with a bone folder, fold one section in half again
  • Once you’ve added your background DSP/cardstock pieces, adhere the folded strip to the front with the longer piece on top and the smaller pieces folded under the right side.  Make sure to use strong adhesive like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape.  You only add adhesive to the part of the strip that attaches to the left panel and the back of the small right panel.
  • Add your other embellishments to finish your card

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Thanks for hopping with me.

From here, you can visit Rebecca Scurr (previous blog) and her awesome Holiday project or Julia Quinn (next blog) for her great ideas!

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If you have a favourite Holiday bundle and you’d like to share a project with us, please join our September challenge by following the link up below.

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Country Livin’

Obviously you can’t own everything in the catalogue (well, most of us can’t!), and no crafter enough has ‘enough’ stamp sets…

But every time I think I’m at a point where there can’t be too many more sets on the wishlist, I get swayed to just one more!

I borrowed the Country Living’ stamp set from a friend so I could use the old truck for a card I had in mind.

And found that I *needed* to own this stamp set.  Just three stamps… but so many uses!  And a great option in your stash for male cards.

Here’s 2 cards I made with the truck…

A Fold Out Card

Fold Out Card - Country Livin' truck. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Folded-out view…

Fold Out Card - Country Livin' truck. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And a “Behind the Trees” card…

(the best instructions I’ve found for this type of card are on Ann’s blog – click here)

Behind The Trees - Country Livin' & Lovely As A Tree stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can’t wait for my set to arrive so I can make more Country Livin’ cards.  After all, I am a ‘country’ girl now!

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Just Add Ink #329

It’s been mighty busy over here at Papercraft HQ, and sooooo long since I’ve had the luxury of craft time for fun, but when I saw the photo inspiration over at Just Add Ink this week, I cleared some space and made sure to join the challenge.

Why???  Because it’s tulips – one of my absolute favourite flowers.

Ironically, my finished card features no tulips!  But it was what drew me in!

I used the colours from the photo inspiration, the theme of flowers and compact background pattern to create this….

Just Add Ink #329 Photo Inspiration. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Emboss Resist technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Sunshine Wishes & Sayings bundle is one of my favourites from the Annual Catalogue.  I’ve had so much use from it.

But, since I make so many birthday cards, {and not so many sunshine, hope & love cards}, it’s been on my mind how I can use the thinlits for birthday purposes.

In a moment of inspiration, I decided I’d use the ‘love’ thinlit to create a ‘birthday love’ card.

Just Add Ink #329 Photo Inspiration. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Emboss Resist technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Of course, I could just have used the ‘happy’ with the birthday stamp instead of masking it out, but I love the font & style of the thinlits.


Did you spy the vellum feature {again}?  Vellum overlays are my current favourite trend.

{Note: It actually may not be a trend… I’m never on trend!}

Just Add Ink #329 Photo Inspiration. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Emboss Resist technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I’m hoping to get back to regularly blogging soon!

I’ve got so many ideas and just not enough hours in the day!!!  Anyone got quick fix on the time issue????

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Stamp Review Crew – Timeless Textures

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Morning!  Officially it’s spring here in Bunbury, Western Australia – but someone forgot to tell the weather man!  So, instead of bright and sunny, it’s overcast and a little soggy!

Not to worry, stamping & blog hopping doesn’t need perfect weather and in fact, it’s nice and cosy at the craft table!!!

Snuggle up, and come around the world as we visit international blogs in search of inspiration for today’s feature stamp set – Timeless Textures!

It’s a set with unlimited possiblities and I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with.


During the week, I’d decided that I was going to use the stamps to form a repetitive background sequence in clear embossing.

I’d only intended to make a couple, but as I started matching the background pieces with other stamps in my collection, it was fun to keep going!

All in all, I made 5 cards in this style.  Here’s the backgrounds…

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Clear Embossed Backgrounds. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And here’s the cards…

Block of Dots + Seaside Shore

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Circles + Fairy Celebration

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Random Dots + Lots of Love

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Fleur de Lis + Mixed Drinks

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Woodgrain +  Country Livin’

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m undecided if they need sentiments or if they say enough as they are!

What do you think???

Any favourites???  For me it’s never the planned cards but always the afterthoughts that I fall in love with.  I love the cowboy boots!!!

Thanks for hopping with me!

Next stop on the inspiration trail is Shana Gaff and her timeless creations!

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If you get lost anywhere along the way, click on the banner at the start of this post to take you to the full link up.

You won’t want to miss a moment of the hop – each post is so inspiring!

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