Stamp Review Crew – Thoughtful Branches

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Welcome to a {BONUS} Stamp Review Crew hop!

Every one is so excited about the limited edition Thoughtful Branches bundle, that we added in a hop just to share it with you!

Thoughtful Branches will be available throughout August (or until stocks last).  It comes with gorgeous coordinating framelits.  You can buy the stamp, the framelits or the whole bundle!

 

How amazing has the hop been so far???  I just loved Holly’s projects – she’s so talented!

Next stop is Debra Burgin – make sure to click on the ‘next’ button at the bottom of this post to see the beauty she’s created.

Have you got the cuppa & biscuit (cookie for all of you in the US!) ready for all the inspiration waiting for you as you continue the hop??

I know you’re going to love what you see and find it hard to resist this bundle!!!

If you’ve got it on your wishlist, I’d recommend contacting your demonstrator sooner, rather than later!  It’s a limited edition and may sell out!


There’s so many possibilities for the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, it was actually tricky to decide what type of card to make. And which of the stamps to focus on.

My favourites are actually the sentiments – I love that font!!!

But since I showed them off last week, I’ve gone with the large tree, leaf and bird to make this Freestanding Pop Up Card.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My attention was drawn to this style of card a couple of weeks ago when my friend Lou Kitzleman made a couple of different variations.  I ‘bookmarked’ it for the perfect occasion – which is this!

Thanks to Lou for her inspiration & wonderful tutorial – find it here on her blog.


Here’s the card in more detail.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The card stands up via the fold at the bottom and you pull up the feature through the slit in the middle.   In my card, the feature is the tree, but it can also be a tag or jar or anything in a rectangular-esque shape).

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

One of the clever elements of the card is that it folds flat for posting (isn’t that the best kind of card???).

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Because of the custom size, it was a great chance to make a matching envelope using my Envelope Punch Board (finished size 4″ x 4-1/2″), which I lined with the pretty flowers from the Subtles DSP Stack.

The tree leaves/flowers were stamped multiple times on watercolour paper to give it that mottled ‘natural’ effect.  The first layer was Blushing Bride, then Flirty Flamingo (stamped off to reduce the colour intensity), then Crumb Cake, then Blushing Bride again.  And then I washed over the whole image with my Aqua Painter and Blushing Bride ink.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The leaves were stamped in a similar way to create a depth of colour.  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive (stamped off), Crumb Cake & Pear Pizzazz.  Then a wash with Pear Pizzazz.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


This card style really is perfect for the tree to give it the full 3D effect!  And it really wasn’t too difficult to make – with Lou’s great instructions!

Next up on the hop is Deb – prepare to fall in love with this bundle just a little more with each blog!!!

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Thanks for visiting & be sure to leave us some comments if you love what you see!!!  We sure love hearing from you!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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CASEing the Catty #88 Everyday Occasions

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Good evening! Thanks for joining me for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  I’m still super excited to be a part of the fun and hope you’re enjoying the regular inspiration trips we’re going on each week.

For me, it’s a great way to see products I own in a different light and get ideas for card layouts.  Plus, as I travel around the hop, I love soaking up the tips and tricks from seasoned demonstrators that help me to get the most out of my stamping supplies.


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Today were revisiting the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue – because there’s so much choice!

Last hop I CASEd the sweet & starry card from page 91.

This time, it’s the foxy box on the previous page (pg 90).  How cute is it???

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I decided to transform this box into a baby card.

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

At first I thought the fox was stamped but when I realised the proportions were way out I went hunting through the paper stack and found the little fox just needed some fussy cutting!  I am totally in love with the “A Little Foxy DSP”.

And he came in three colours – which inspired a trio of baby cards.

For a new little man…

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And a neutral baby favourite – yellow & gray…

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Here are all three colour combinations side by side – click on the photo to make it bigger.

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Changing the colours of a catalogue inspired card (or Pinterest found card) is a great way to add your own spin on the original design.


Don’t forget that if you’d like to join us in CASEing something from the catty (it really is as easy as it looks), then please do so!  Click on the link below to add your project!

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Next stop on today’s hop is Deb Speijers, who has a great card to share.

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Make sure to keep hopping – you won’t want to miss any of this fabulous inspiration!

If you get lost at any point along the way, head back to the main page for a full list of participants.

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Thoughtful Teacher Thanks – GDP#045

Did you see my DIY Blackboard Letters yesterday???

Well, while a girl has blackboard paint out – she’s gonna play!  I couldn’t resist painting a piece of thick Whipser White cardstock just to see how it would come up.

And it was beautiful!  And perfect for the colour challenge this week at Global Design Project #045.


I’m getting organised early this year and have started an assortment of cards for things that fall in the second half of the year including thank you cards for teachers.

These little gems have an actual blackboard background so that parents or students can write on the black space using chalk.

Chalkboard Thank You Teacher Cards.  Thoughtful Branches & Large Letters.  GDP#045.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Perfect for personalising the card!

Chalkboard Thank You Teacher Cards. Thoughtful Branches & Large Letters. GDP#045. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Did you spy the new sentiments?  They are from the gorgeous Thoughtful Branches bundle which is an August exclusive available from 2nd August 2016.

And perfect for a range of occasions – including thank you & appreciation, as used in these cards.  Oh my – that delicious font!!!

Chalkboard Thank You Teacher Cards. Thoughtful Branches & Large Letters. GDP#045. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ll be sharing more samples from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set next week including a special Stamp Review Crew hop on Monday.  You’ll want to check in and see just how lovely it is – it’ll be hard to resist adding this bundle to your collection.

See you then!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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Stampin’ Up! DIY Chalkboard Letters

Do you let your crafting supplies leave the craft room?

Are they allowed to help with other projects?

Is Stampin’ Up! part of everyday life for your family?

YES, YES, YES!!!


Although I’m very protective of my Stampin’ Up! stash (and get growly when sticky fingers get too close to my craft table!), there are so many times when Stampin’ Up! has helped me create other crafty projects.

{And some not so crafty projects when Mr Papercraft gets borrowing!}


Call me crazy – but I like to think ‘outside of the lolly bag’ for party favours each year.

This year for Miss M, I decided I was going to make DIY chalkboard letters for each of the party guests to take home.

Pretty easy – yep!  Especially when SU! comes to help out!

Letters from Typo – check!

Blackboard paint from Bunnings – check!

New sponge brayers from Stampin’ Up! – check!

And the letters are painted…

DIY Chalkboard Letters using Stampin' Up! supplies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The brayer paints like a dream (they also work beautifully with Stampin’ Up! inks – you need to try them out!).

And then the drying process was helped along with my SU! heat gun!!!


Once dry, I attached a couple of pieces of chalk with Linen Thread & packaged up ready for the kids to take home.

DIY Chalkboard Letters using Stampin' Up! supplies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The kids loved them and I’ve got chalkboard paint to play with! Check back in tomorrow to see my other chalkboard project!


What ‘alternative’ uses do your stamping favourites help with?  Leave me a comment because I’d love to hear your great ideas!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.
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Birthday Wishes Miss M!

Yesterday was Miss Maddie’s 3rd birthday!

I think turning 3 is the first birthday that kids have where they are fully aware that being the birthday girl (or boy) is a momentous occasion that should be milked for all it’s worth!!!

It’s been a big lead up to this birthday with festivities starting in early July and gaining some serious speed this week!

Miss M turns 3!  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Making a card for your own child is always a tough task!  Of all the things you could choose from, what should it look like???

For Miss M, I went with a bright and fun card that was all about being “3”.

Birthday Wishes Miss M. What make a fun card when you're 3??? A shaving foam background, lots of glimmer & three candles. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Inspired by a post by Carolina Evans last week, I decided to make a shaving foam background for the card.  No two cards are ever the same with this technique!!!

Birthday Wishes Miss M. What make a fun card when you're 3??? A shaving foam background, lots of glimmer & three candles. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Miss M is so proud of turning three and is continually showing us she’ll be “this many” – complete with three fingers held up!  So I thought the 3 candles would be a perfect touch!

Birthday Wishes Miss M. What make a fun card when you're 3??? A shaving foam background, lots of glimmer & three candles. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Want to make your own marbled background?

You’ll need shaving foam, reinkers, a skewer and cardstock (Shimmery White is my favourite).

  • Squirt the shaving foam onto a cleanable surface (or one you can throw out – I used a piece of DSP backing cardboard)
  • Add a couple of drops of reinker in your chosen colours at random points on top of the foam
  • Swirl with the skewer
  • Press your cardstock onto the shaving foam surface
  • Remove excess shaving foam (Carolina used a squeegee – clever!!!)
  • Allow to dry before using!

Extra tips:

I find that the second or third pieces of cardstock you smoosh are often the best as the colours are less specific & intense.  But it really depends on what effect you are looking for.

Try to stay away from dark colours (or only add 1 drop) as they can overpower your whole project.

Be mindful that as your inks blend you may end up with a new colour as they interact (remember kindergarten – blue & yellow = green!).

Birthday Wishes Miss M. What make a fun card when you're 3??? A shaving foam background, lots of glimmer & three candles. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Happy Birthday to the cheeky monkey that rules our roost!!!

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Stamp Review Crew – Endless Thanks

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Can you believe how fast this year is flying by?  This is the second Stamp Review Crew hop for the month.  Make sure you join us on the first and third Monday of each month.

Twice a month you’ll get the chance to skip, hop & jump around the world for ‘endless’ inspiration all focusing on the same stamp set.

Today we are showcasing the delightful Endless Thanks stamp set – available in photopolymer and featuring sentiments of thanks & gratitude.

I am grateful.  Because of this hop, my eyes were opened to the true potential of this set.  Although it’s heavy on sentiments, it features a small collection of complementary stamps that are great to use as design elements on your cards.  I must admit, I often overlook these stamps and get caught up in the sentiments.

So, with eyes wide open, I had fun creating some simple cards using the ‘extras’.

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

FLOWERS

As a background

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As an embellishment on a tag

{PS, this card is going to the Flaming Magnolia’s cafe where we had lunch last week – amazing customer service & great food.  I thought they’d like to hear about it – and what better way than a handcrafted card!}

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To create a wreath

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


HEARTS

As a border

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

As a feature panel

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Who would have thought it was so easy to make 5 different cards using 1 stamp set???  And they aren’t even all specifically ‘thank you’ cards!

If you love this stamp set, then you’re sure to love Endless Birthday Wishes too.  Check out the SRC hop from earlier in the year.

Next up on this hop is Holly – she’s so creative!!!  If you want to hop backwards, it’s the clever projects from Dawn.

Click on the links below to take you there!

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CASEing the Catty #87 Artistic Expressions

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Can you believe it’s the end of the weekend already???  But, that means it’s time for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.

Every Sunday night at 7pm (AEST), the CTC Crew will share lots of great ideas with you from the latest Stampin’ Up! Catalogue. They will either directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or use a sketch/layout, colour combo, embellishment, to name a few examples, as a springboard for their own creations.


This week, the Crew are sharing ideas inspired by the Artistic Expressions section of the Annual Catalogue (pages 92-157).  This section is huge, so we’re going to see lots of amazing designs.

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I am showcasing the layouts you see in this picture from page 129, but using other stamp sets from the catalogue.  I also changed up the colour combinations.

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For my CASE of the top photo I used the hostess stamp set “Gift of Love” (page 201).

CASEing the Catty #87 Artistic Expressions. Gift of Love Hostess stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And for the bottom photo I used the Wetlands stamp set from page 133.  I just love this stamp set – it’s easily one of my all-time favourites.

Doesn’t it look stunning against the water scene from the Serene Scenery DSP???

CASEing the Catty #87 Artistic Expressions. Wetands stamp set & Serene Scenery DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I know we all love Pinterest, but the samples in your catalogue are a fabulous way to make the most of your Stampin’ Up! purchases!  We are lucky to have such a great publication at our finger tips!!!

Next up to share their creative genius is Julia Quinn or you can hop backwards to Deb Speijers and her fabulous catalogue inspired creations.

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Every month CTC welcomes your catalogue inspired project.

Click on the photo below to take you to the July challenge link up.

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And that’s all from me on this chilly Sunday night!  Thanks for visiting & enjoy the rest of the hop!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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