CASEing the Catty #126 Mother’s Day

Thanks for joining me for another week of CASEing the Catty.

This is one of my favourites cards to design each week because the catalogue is full of so much inspiration!

With May almost upon us, the theme this week is CASEing the Catty to create a Mother’s Day card – or conversely, taking a Mother’s Day sample from the catalogue and turning it into something else!

If you’re able to join us for the challenge this week, or to see what everyone is making, head over to our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page where all the action is!


What inspired me this week?

I’m still having a last play with some of the retirement sets!

You know that old addage – you don’t know what you’re missing until it’s gone?  I feel like that about some of our stamp sets.

I haven’t used them in ‘forever’, but now that they are going to retire, I feel like I didn’t get enough use out of them!!!

Picture Perfect is one of those sets – it truly is stunning to use!!!

So, out it came for CTC#126.

I was inspired by the elements of this box.  I loved the black, white, pink & gold colour theme.

I used these elements to create a card.  It features a mix of ‘old’ & ‘new’.

On the retirement list is the Picture Perfect stamp set, Oh So Succulent stamp set (love that Mother’s Day sentiment!), Pop of Pink DSP (for the black & white effect), and Blushing Bride sequin trim.

I’ve also used Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist (new In Colors) for the flower & leaves.

The mix of old & new also includes some of the retiring sequin trim & a comparison to the new ‘tiny’ sequin.  You’re going to love the new version!

I carried the colour theme to the inside of the card too…

The ‘you are made of wonderful’ sentiment goes so well with the Mother’s Day theme!


Next up on the Mother’s Day CTC#126 hop is the talented Elizabeth Gross.

Thanks again for visiting, and don’t forget to join us on Facebook.

If you have any items you *need* from the retirement list, shop now in my online store – these products are only available while stocks last.


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Eastern Palace Suite

I’m excited today to share that I’ll be joining a group of international demonstrators in a monthly blog hop!

Welcome to the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop hosted by Sara Levin, a demonstrator in the US, who has brought us together to share projects inspired by a suite or theme.

It was perfect timing this month for the Eastern Palace suite with pre-release starting tomorrow.

You can find all the products details for this beautiful suite at the end of this post.


For me, one of the most amazing things about this suite is the Eastern Medallion Thinlits – and they inspired the design of my projects today.

For my first project, I used the floral dies for this Eastern posy, combined with the Everyday Jars Framelits – which are carrying over into the new catalogue.

As I’ve already shared a few samples with you for the Eastern Palace Suite {I was lucky enough to get this in my display box}, I wanted to stray away from the deep & majestic colours of the suite, and try it out in some sweeter colours.  I kept the gold influence though!

The flowers are cut from watercoloured paper in Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight & Pool Party.  Using watercolor paper adds some great texture!

As do those Gold Faceted Gems in the middle of my flowers.  They technically aren’t part of this suite, but they may as well be – they go so well!

The beautiful gold DSP is one of the specialty pages from the Eastern Palace DSP, and the cute Fresh Fig tassel comes in a pack with Tranquil Tide & Gold (so luxurious!).


My second project to share with you is a coordinating set of gift tags using the Eastern Medallion dies to create a doily.  For me, this is a sensational feature of this Thinlit set!

Many of the dies in this set are designed to only just the middle section out.  This means you can change the layering, create borders if you need them and snip the edges free to make pretty shapes.

For these tags I have layered them with the sweet colours used in my card, added some gold bling and a sentiment.

The sentiments are from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

Some of them are designed on a natural curve, but being photopolymer stamps, I was able to bend them into a straight shape to create little sentiments for my tags.


Thanks for joining me today for my first Stamping Sunday contribution, and thanks to Sara for inviting me to participate.

Click on the blue frog to see the list of participants in the hop.  If you love this suite, you won’t want to miss seeing what my clever crafty friends made!


If you’re in love with this suite, here’s all the details on ordering during pre-release in May.

You have a choice of two bundles – both with free gifts!

Bundle 1 – Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!

Order it online here from 1st May 2017.

Bundle 2 – Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter!

Order it online here from 1st May 2017.

Watch the Eastern Palace Suite video on You Tube to see the products!

These Little Piggies Say “Happy Mother’s Day”

I’ve been able to convince the Little Piggies that they needed to come for another holiday at my house.

They were Nanna Papercraft’s Prize Patrol stamp set from OnStage (visit her on the Paper Adventures team blog here), but she has been very generous in letting me borrow them.

I can’t order my set until the catalogue starts in June!!!


I thought the cute little piggies would make great Mother’s Day cards.

This Little Piggy | kelly kent mypapercraftjourney.com

Though this set doesn’t specifically have sentiments for Mother’s Day, I was able to add in other sets in my collection to create this theme.

You could do the same for birthdays!

I’ve used the Playful Palette DSP for the backgrounds – it’s on the retirement list at the moment (at a discount!).

Since Sweet Sugarplum is one of my favourite colours, and the piggy is pink – it was perfect for these cards!!!  The orange was just a bright & cheerful bonus!


The first card uses the ‘because of you’ stamp from Oh So Succulent and the Mother’s Day stamp from Circle of Spring.

I thought they worked well together with the happy flying pig!

This Little Piggy | kelly kent mypapercraftjourney.com


I love the piggy in the next card – it’s just so happy!

I masked out the ‘you make me’ above the happy and added in the Mother’s Day sentiment from the Thoughtful Banner stamp set.

This Little Piggy | kelly kent mypapercraftjourney.com


And the final card is actually where this trio started!

This Little Piggy says, Happy Mother’s Day!

This Little Piggy | kelly kent mypapercraftjourney.com


These three cards will be part of my market stock for Monday’s open house!

Happiness is doing things you enjoy – and a large part of that for me is making pretty things for others to delight in!

I hope there’s some inspiration in these cards for everyone!

We all spend so much time on the internet – blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook!

Translate all those good ideas into some craft projects of you own.

Whether you take some elements of a card and make it your own, or if you copy the whole card and get your craft on!

Happy crafting,


This Little Piggy (available 1st June 2017) plus these great Mother’s Day stamp sets…

OnStage 2017 – Prize Patrol Swaps

I’m so excited for my Paper Adventures team to be participating in their first blog/FB hop!

We are delighted for Melissa Gifford to be joining us as a guest designer, as we had the pleasure of sitting with her at OnStage.

Thanks for joining us!!!

We’ve got a great theme today – cards/projects made using the stamp sets we got for our Prize Patrol.

What’s a Prize Patrol?  Glad you asked!  Prize Patrol is a wonderful part of each Stampin’ Up! event where you are allocated a colour/pattern/design and at key moments of the event, they choose one of those colours as the Prize Patrol winner.  In recent events, every colour has been called, which means that we all go home with a lovely gift.

At OnStage, the gifts were all stamp sets that will appear in the 2017-2019 Annual Catalogue.

Across a table of 8, I think we got 6 different sets to take home – so lots of variety to share today!

Look for the link at the end of each blog or FB page to take you to the next creation.  I’ll also post a full list at the bottom of this post in case you get lost.


I felt very lucky to receive the Ribbon of Courage stamp set as my Prize Patrol.

This set was designed by Patty Bennett to celebrate her sales milestone of $1 million!  You can read her story here.

I know there are lots of crafters who are going to love this stamp set & coordinating framelits, and all that it represents.


For my swap, I have paired the stamp set with some of the beautiful patterns from the upcoming Fresh Florals DSP Stack.

I used the two pink tones from the new In Color Collection –

Powder Pink…

OnStage 2017 Paper Adventures Prize Patrol Blog Hop | Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

And Berry Burst…

OnStage 2017 Paper Adventures Prize Patrol Blog Hop | Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

To show my team a different type of card fold, I used a simple but effective design called a flip flop card, or a double fold card.

This is the top view…

OnStage 2017 Paper Adventures Prize Patrol Blog Hop | Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

The measurements for this style of card:

  • Cut a card base (4-1/8″ x 8-1/4″), score at 5-7/8″
  • DSP for base: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″
  • DSP for flap: -7/8″ x 2-1/8″
  • Flap 2: 6″ x 3″, scored at 3″
  • Flap 2 mat: 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″

Thanks again for being with us for our first team blog hop.

We hope to make this a regular event now that the team are sharing more of their projects online.

If you’re interested in joining Stampin’ Up! and our Paper Adventures team, you can find more information here.

Next up on the blog hop is Sheila Pybus – you’ll be going to Facebook for this one.

Don’t forget there’s a full list of participants at the bottom of this post if you need it.


Blog Hop Participants

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Sheila Pybus (Facebook post)
  3. Coriana Boothey (Facebook post)
  4. Kristel Rimmer
  5. Mandy Depiazzi
  6. Melissa Gifford
  7. Siobhan Fitzsimmons

Just Add Ink #357 Colour Combination

Hello!  Thanks for joining me for Just Add Ink #357.

It’s always a pleasure to design cards for a challenge – and this colour combination, put together by Jan, is a dream!

This sweet card is on it’s way to brighten someone’s letterbox.  I try to send as many handmade cards as I can – it really is a wonderful feeling to check the letterbox and take out something pretty!

I’ve used the Rose Garden thinlit, deconstructed into Sweet Sugarplum blossom & Island Indigo leaves, which I’ve stapled to the Sahara Sand panel.

I love stapling on cards – it’s mess-free, quick, easy & gives the pieces of the card movement.

But of course, you don’t always want them showing – so for this card, I’ve covered them up with a Very Vanilla Thick Twine bow.

If you’ve tried to order pearls in the last couple of weeks you’ll noticed that they have disappeared!  Don’t worry, they’ll be back on 1st June 2017 when the new catalogue starts in a configured format.  I haven’t seen them yet, but I hear they are flatter – perfect for mailing!


I’m still trying to decorate the inside of my cards (and the envelopes too!)…

It adds such a nice touch to open a card up and see more prettiness!


Do you have someone in mind this week to send a handcrafted card to?  Make a list of people that you’d like to shower with paper happiness!!!

Use our colour challenge combination for your card and share your creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.

You’ll also find the rest of the design team cards – and with colours as beautiful as these, you know the range of projects will be stunning!!!


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Colour INKspiration #08

Everyone loved the soft & pretty colours of last fortnight’s Colour INKspiration challenge #07.

I lost count of how many ‘lovely’ adjectives I used on commenting on all the beautiful projects!!!

This fortnight’s challenge is going to be polarising!  It’s deeper & darker and more moody!

And features Delightful Dijon which is rarely a favourite colour on anyone’s list!  But I admit that it has grown on me as it nears retirement!!!

I think it’s perfect for cards with a nature theme, masculine/neutral cards or baby cards.

I almost went down the baby card line, but on reflection, I’ve used that theme a number of time for challenges recently.

So, I decided on a neutral / masculine thank you card.  You could easily change the sentiment on this card and make it a birthday card instead.

Since this challenge features 2 of the retiring 2015-2017 In Colors – Delightful Dijon & Tip Top Taupe – I decided on a retiring stamp set too.

It’s a great time of the year to have one last play with sets that won’t make the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue like the Work of Art stamp set.

UPDATE: It seems like I forgot to check if this set was actually retiring.  It’s not!!! Whoopsie!  Thanks to one of the DT crew for checking for me!

Pleased to be able to share it with you for another year to come!

This card is quite simple, with a fun repetitive pattern using the circle stamp from Work of Art.

Effective techniques don’t always have to be hard work!

This card uses second generation or stamping off to achieve a lighter variation of the same colour.  It’s perfect for darker colours to get some light & shade.

I’ve stamped in Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe and Soft Suede in full strength for some spots, then with technique to achieve a softer tone for each colour for other spots.

You stamp as normal, then stamp again without reinking – getting a lighter colour (second generation).  Or if you just need the lighter version, stamp onto scrap/scratch paper first then onto your project without reinking.

I’ve used it again on the inside of the card…

I’ve added a ‘you’re the best’ sentiment from the All Things Thanks stamp set in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock.  I love the light on dark effect of heat embossing in white.

I was excited to see that All Things Thanks is carrying over!!!

And although you can’t tell in the photo, the case base is made using the new Very Vanilla {THICK} cardstock!  So excited we’re going to have this style of cardstock in VV as well as Whisper White!


You’re going to want to keep going on this hop to see all the amazing ways you can use Delightful Dijon & those moody neutrals.

Next up is the talented & lovely Jackie Noble.

Thanks for visiting!

If you’re inspired to enter our challenge, please visit our Facebook page to join the fun!


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WEDFEST Wedding Card

A friend of mine was invited to a WEDFEST wedding in the UK – and asked me to create the wedding card, to match the amazing invite.

I had never heard of a WEDFEST before, so I did a quick Google – wow!  So much fun!!!

Imagine going to a wedding that’s styled on a festival!!!  The theme totally revolves around all things awesome & cool!!!!

The event photos are fabulous and I have permission to share the beautiful bride and her sensational Lego bouquet – amazing!!!

Now, I won’t have to tell you how much fun it was to create a lanyard WEDFEST card to fit the theme!!!

This card is ‘oversize’ at twice the size of a normal card.  An event this big, needed a card to match!

The background was personalised and computer generated to include bride, groom & their 2 children plus “WEDFEST” to keep on theme!

The middle panel is a cello bag shaker card, again personalised with the wedding details, set on a brayered shimmery rainbow backdrop.

You hear this a lot on blogs, but the photos don’t do this card justice!

Wishing the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness!  If married life continues to be the party that WEDFEST was, then it’s going to be a fun ride!!!


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