Team Event – April 2016

Our little team of stampers has decided to start having team events on a regular basis. Tonight was the first – hosted by the lovely Maxine.  We were able to share our love of Stampin’ Up!, talk shop & get inky.

Maxine organised this super cute make & take card for us all to make.

What a lovely way to use washi tape and I just love the colour combination of Watermelon Wonder with the black, grey & white neutrals.

Team Event April 2016 - Make & Take by Maxine.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Everyone who attended made ‘swap cards’ that we shared with each other.  Card swaps are a great way to share inspiration & build your collection of samples to show customers.  It’s also a very big temptation for more things to add to the wishlist!

Looking forward to the next team event where we’ll be able to drool over new catalogue goodies!!!  Kelly x

Team Event April 2016- Swap by Colleen.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Team Event April 2016- Swap by Kristel.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Team Event April 2016- Swap by Maxine.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Team Event April 2016- Swap by Narelle.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Team Event April 2016- Swap by Sheila.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Team Event 2016 - Swap Card using Botanical Builder framelits & Watercolor Wishes stamp set.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

 

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Just Add M JAI#308

This week at Just Add Ink it’s all about adding “M”.  I’m always reluctant to go with the obvious choice (ie, Mother’s Day) and after some “M” searching, I have decided I will go with “MASCULINE”.  I know card for the special guys in our lives are sometimes challenging to make, so I’m excited to share this design with you.

It uses the now retired Skating By stamp set.  I saw “now retired” because it is sold out!  Every item on the retired list is ‘until stocks last’ and they are disappearing fast!  So, if you have something on your wishlist, you may want to order it sooner rather than later.  You can find an up-to-date retired list here (items that have sold out are marked in the final column).

Just Add Ink #308 "M" is for Masculine - Skating By stamp set, Brick Wall embossing folder. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The shading for this card was a fabulous happy accident – don’t you love it when that happens???  I inked up the Brick Wall embossing folder with Smoky Slate ink (then tried to rub some of it off!) and then ran it through the Big Shot which created a wonderful shading pattern that fit my card design perfectly.

Thankfully the Brick Wall embossing folder is not on the retired list- yay!

There’s two new 6×6″ embossing folders in the new catalogue.  6×6″ folders are great because you don’t have to worry about which way around you want your card to go!!!  Plus they are super cute designs.

5 weeks to go til all things new are revealed (and orderable!).  So excited!  Kelly x

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Zoo Babies Bendi Card

After the happy news of Picture Perfect, it’s the sad news of a favourite card retiring.  Zoo Babies has been one of my go-to baby & 1st birthday sets for the last … forever!

I’m glad I got a chance to make & share this bendi card with you before this set is gone forever.

Zoo Babies is available in clear & wood…


Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you made a bendi card before?  I first saw the idea when Nicole Wilson made her fabulous Botanical Gardens bendi card, which we recreated in a class a couple of months ago.

Since then I’ve made a few bendi cards, which I will share with you over the coming weeks.

The Zoo Babies bendi card was particularly special though as it celebrated one of the Team Papercrafters becoming a Mummy again!  Congratulations Siobhan on the arrival of baby Samuel!

Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bendi cards use tabs & slits to hold their shape when standing, but can be dismantled for storage or sending.

Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Zoo Babies are so cute and I am going to miss them!  But, wait til you see what baby sets we have to play with in June!!!


Want to make your own Bendi card?  There are heaps of great tutorials available via a Google search.  I have mapped out the measurements I used based on Nicole’s sketches (thanks Nic!) but with some tweaking so you could make 2 bendi cards from one piece of Australian sized A4 cardstock.

I’ve tried my best to explain the instructions below – I hope it helps you to be able to create your own bendi card!  Kelly x

Bendi Card Measurements - Australia Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

In writing, the basic instructions to make all your pieces are:

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock along the long edge to 5-1/2 (you’ll now have a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ piece of cardstock)
  • Cut this again along the ‘new’ long edge at 4-1/4″, then again at 2-1/2″ (the final piece will be 1-1/2″)
  • On the biggest piece, measure in 1-1/2″ from the right edge and 3-4/” from the bottom edge and mark a 1-1/4″ line.  Cut this with a craft knife (note: don’t do the “I” pattern as shown on the picture – this is just to show where the line starts & finishes).
  • On the next size piece, score 1/2″ from the left edge and 1/4″ from the right edge.  Create a tab on the right by cutting out the top & bottom 3/4″ sections.
  • Then, measure 2-1/2″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the bottom edge.  Mark a 3/4″ line and cut with a craft knife.
  • On the smallest piece, score 1/4″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the right edge.  Create a tab on the left by cutting out the top & bottom 1/2″ sections.

To put your card together:

  • Sit your largest piece flat in the orientation shown on the measurement picture.
  • With your middle size piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere (with strong adhesive such as Tape & Tear) this to the left edge of your largest cardstock piece
  • With the smallest piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere this to the right side of the largest cardstock piece.
  • To make the card bendi, slot the tab from the middle size cardstock piece into the slit on the largest cardstock piece.  Then slot the tab from the smallest cardstock piece into the slit on the middle sized cardstock piece.

Decorate your Bendi Card & wow your recipient!!!

Picture Perfect – here to stay!

The Stampin’ Up! buzz continues with lots of the chat being about what’s retiring & what’s staying.  I know you can’t see the new catalogue yet, but now that the blockout is over, I can start to share some of the info with you.

What’s staying???  If you head to the retirement list, you can read between the lines and work out what current sets will carry over the to new catalogue, including favourites from the Occasions catalogue.

Several of my favourite stamp sets are staying including my newly acquired Picture Perfect stamp set (update: Nanna Papercraft chose option (c), so I unable to resist owning Picture Perfect, I have added it to my collection too!).

It’s an exciting time to know that I’m going to be able to craft with this stamp set for a whole year (at least).


Today I wanted to share with you the card I made for a 1:1 card swap that is being run by Kylie Bertucci.  It’s easy to participate – and anyone in Australia can.  You send an original card design to Kylie with a self-address envelope and she sends a card designed by another participant back to you.

{If you’re in the US, check in with Brian King, because he runs a 1:1 swap for you lovely crafters in the states}.

This is my 1:1 swap card.  It was quite fiddly to stamp all the layers and work with the frame piece – but I was so happy with how it looked when I’d finished, it was well worth all the moving & positioning!!!

Picture Perfect Raised Frame Card for Kylie Bertucci's 1:1 swap. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This photo actually picks up the Wink of Stella I used for the background quite nicely!  Rather than colouring my hummingbird with shimmer, I added it to the white space within the frame.

Picture Perfect Raised Frame Card for Kylie Bertucci's 1:1 swap. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love the sepia effect of stamping the roses in Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake & Tip Top Taupe and then bold colours for the hummingbird as the centrepiece.

The bird is stamped in Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon & Island Indigo with a Rose Red chest (which I need more practice at lining up!).

Picture Perfect Raised Frame Card for Kylie Bertucci's 1:1 swap. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m so excited to see what card I get in return and will share with you when it arrives.

The swap is open to all cards received in Kylie’s mailbox by Friday 29th April.  You don’t have to be a demonstrator to participate (I’d love a card from a non-demonstrator!), so get crafting over the weekend and share your love of Stampin’ Up!  Kelly x

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You Have To See This…

The Stampin’ Up! world is full of excited chatter today – demonstrators got the chance to see the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and the retirement list was released.

Now, I can’t show you the new catalogue because it’s top secret until 1st June.  If you can’t wait, then you’re showing all the signs of Stampin’ Up! addiction and you might want to consider joining my team!  Joining now means you’d be able to view the new catalogue, buy all your products at a 20% discount (including all your retiring favourites) and be first in line to buy from the new catalogue when pre-order starts on 4th May.  Don’t forget, joining Stampin’ Up! is a risk-free opportunity and so much fun!!!


Not keen to join but want to see the catalogue before your friends?  You can sign up for the mailing selector and get your catalogue delivered as soon as they are available.

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Let me know you’re interested by sending me an email & I’ll contact you to finalise payment details & delivery.


Too early to think about a new catalogue?  Have a browse of the list of retiting items (pdf or online).

There’s some favourites I’m definitely going to miss, but I’m looking forward to what’s coming!  Some items have been discounted up to 50%!!!

There’s 3 ways to shop for items from the retiring list:

  1. SHOP ONLINE – visit my online store, add your favourites to the cart and have them delivered to your door (postage is $5.95 or 5% whichever is greater). Use the host code EPRBTVKV at checkout and receive a surprise from me.
  2. I’LL ORDER FOR YOU – contact me with your list, I’ll order your favourites for you, charge them to your credit card and have them delivered to your door (postage is $5.95 or 5% whichever is greater)
  3. ADD TO MY ORDER – I’m placing an order tonight at 5pm (WA time) and can add your favourites to mine so we all save on postage (postage is 5% of your order total)

If you have any questions or I can help you with anything Stampin’ Up! please let me know.

I’m off to make a hot cup of tea and have a good look through the catalogue.  Exciting times ahead!  Is it too early to call ‘best catalogue ever’?  Kelly x

My favourite colours! JAI#307

Just Add Ink has delighted us this week with a colour challenge that includes one of my favourite colour combinations – yellow, grey & white.  It’s so classic and timeless and lends itself to so many occasions.

I’m actually not sure what occasion this card would be best suited to.  Baby? Get well?  Just because?  Thanks?  It could be any of those!  Everyone loves elephants – right?

Just Add Ink #307 - Colour Combination: Delightful Dijon, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate & Whisper White.  Zoo Babies "Little Sunshine" Elephant Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love elephants!  Especially shimmery yellow ones!

Just Add Ink #307 - Colour Combination: Delightful Dijon, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate & Whisper White.  Zoo Babies "Little Sunshine" Elephant Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Thanks Just Add Ink!  Keep the awesome challenges coming! Kelly x

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Stamp Review Crew – Balloon Celebration

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This week at Stamp Review Crew we are celebrating the beautiful “Balloon Celebration stamp set” from the Occasions catalogue.

Because this is a blog hop, there’s a round the world trip to see all the beautiful crafty creations.  You might have travelled via Nikki showing off her talents or be starting here.  Either way, you’re in for a treat.

If you get lost along the way, click on the banner above and it will take you to the main page where you can see the full list of participants.


Balloon Celebration is a great stamp set because it has a variety of sweet images – balloons, dandeloins, clouds, a wheel (?), stars, a bow and more if you’ve got a great imagination.

Which gives you so many options (as you’ll see on this hop!).  There’s also fabulous sentiments which means you can use it for practically any card.  Or combine it with other stamp set or product suite (it goes perfectly with the Have A Cuppa range) and the card options are endless!

Today I’ve decided to showcase the cloud stamp from the set – and include as much sparkle as I could!

The balloons are wonderful, but there’s just so much you can do with this set to stop at the balloons.

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The first card I’m sharing is my favourite – I can’t wait to send it off to a new little princess!

The balloons are double stamped to give them a deeper colour {because you can do that sooooo easily with photopolymer stamps!} and finished off with a generous splash of clear Wink of Stella.

The awesome sentiment stamps on this card are from the Happy Happenings stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.

As an aside, it’s getting to that time of the year when I’m nervous to see what will & won’t carry over in to the new catalogue.  Not too much longer to wait now!

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration Stamp Set. Bonjour Beautiful Welcome Baby Girl card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Once I was on a roll with the subtles colour scheme, this was the next card with sparkly clouds & pastel stripes.  I think it will make a perfect birthday card for one of Alexa’s little classmates.

The clouds are embossed with the simply stunning Iridescent Ice embossing powder – so much sparkle!  And how lovely is that Pool Party ribbon???

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration stamp set. Sparkly Clouds Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Of course, I couldn’t make a card without adding some of those signature balloons using the coordinating punch (because we all love sets with coordinating punches).

It ended up being a subtle feature, but I actually tried to add in some shading on the balloons by stamping over the original image twice – each time blotting off ink from the right side of the balloon (which ends up being the left side of the stamped image!).  This is a great technique to use with photopolymer stamps as you can see through them to get that second & third inking just right.

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration stamp set. Let Us Celebrate Balloon Bouquet. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

 


That’s it from me today.  Keep hopping so you can get the full inspiration intake from the crew.  Next up is Dawn, who despite a self-confessed lack of mojo is totally rocking this stamp set!  Gold embossing powder is always a winner!

If you have time to leave us a comment or two as you hop around, we sure love hearing from you!  Kelly x

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