Happiest Birthday Wishes | multicoloured greetings

I’ve been loving the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set. It’s filled with super versatile birthday greetings, and since birthday cards are the most common card I make, it’s had a good workout since it was released in the 2020 Annual Catalogue in June.

Today I’m sharing a technique that adds some fun to the large stamp from this set. Big stamps can sometimes be hard to use but are perfect when you want the sentiment to be the feature of the card.

Colours: Rococo Rose, Bumblebee, Calypso Coral | DSP: Artistry Blooms

Using the Stamparatus, I added ink to the top & bottom of the stamp directly with the ink pads and then to middle with a sponge dauber.

You don’t need a Stamparatus to use do this technique but I love two things about using it – 1. You can re stamp if you need a bit more ink somewhere or better blending 2. You can easily make lots of these with minimal fuss. I pre-cut the scalloped rectangles (from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies) and kept one of the negatives. I was then able to place the die cut into the Stamparatus for quick & easy placement. This is a great tip for cards you want to mass produce.

After making the first card in pinks, I decided to make another version with one of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue – Whale of a Time. I’d be happy to have a whole pack of the turtle prints – they are so pretty!!

Colours: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Granny Apple Green |
DSP: Whale of a Time

And one more using another favourite – Boho Indigo. I used an ombré effect for this sentiment, choosing 3 different shades of blue.

Colours: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy | DSP: Boho Indigo

I could make these cards all day! It’s a great way to make use of the DSP we like to collect. Simply cut a 2” strip and adhere to a coordinating card base. Stamp your multicoloured sentiment and attach to the card front.

Have a great week!

Happiest of Birthdays | little bit late

I love sending out birthday cards and try to get as many in the post as I can for my friends that I don’t see so often.  I’ll confess now – they are very often late!  I hardly ever allow enough time for the postal service to do its thing!

I also have problems planning across the borders of months, which means birthdays in the first week of the month almost always catch me out!  The “little-bit-late” stamp from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set is an absolutely perfect solution for my tardiness!

Happiest of Birthdays | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the sentiment in white on Basic Black cardstock and then added it to a card full of colour!

Happiest of Birthdays | kelly kent

The card front is Whisper White cardstock with Bumblebee, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight ink blended with makeup brushes. Once that was dry, I layered 3 sunflowers in Whisper White (Sunflowers Dies) and then trimmed the edges.

Happiest of Birthdays | kelly kent

I love this stamp set and think you will too!

Stop back in tomorrow when I share another card we made at a recent class using the gorgeous ‘wishing you the happiest of birthdays’ stamp.  Big stamps can be intimidating but I’ll share a fun (but easy) way to make it the feature.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Peek-A-Hoot Dies | Unicorns

I shared a post a couple of days ago with my top 3 products from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.  You can see the full post here including the cutest card made using all three products.

If you’re a take home message kinda person, my top 3 was:

  1. Banners Pick A Punch
  2. Peek-A-Hoot Dies
  3. All the new DSP! I used the Heartwarming Hugs in my card.

I promised that the Peek-A-Hoot Dies were super versatile and an absolute must-have for your collection.  The three part window component of the Peek-A-Hoot Dies create a fabulous structure for your project.

Here’s what they look like when combined with the unicorn stamp and sentiment from the Hippo Happiness stamp set (one of my top recommendations from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!).

This is the revised edition! When I originally posted this card, I had completely forgotten to add horns to the unicorns! Whoops! Thankfully I have amazing friends looking out for me!!

I have turned the card so the dies are being used in landscape orientation, but otherwise the elements of the card are largely the same.

The DSP for this project is Playing with Patterns, which inspired the colours for the unicorns and cardstock in each window.  The cardstock for the windows is embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.

The unicorns are Daffodil Delight & Bumblebee, Blushing Bride & Rococo Rose and Highland Heather & Gorgeous Grape.

I added a banner in the top corner using the new Banners Pick A Punch with some white twine.  The twine is retired but I’m finding it so hard to give up that I’m just gonna keep using it til I run out or Stampin’ Up! bring it back!!!

The stitching around those boxes adds such a sweet texture to the card.  I have so many ideas on how I want to use this set that I’m already planning another card and blog post to share soon!


I hope your weekend is wonderful and filled with lots of creativity!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue | My Top 3

Ready, set, go!  There’s a new catalogue ready for all your Christmas and festive season stamping needs!

As always, I’m totally in love with the new products.  The DSP is pretty, the stamps are great and the embellishments are calling my name!  I could easily buy the whole catalogue and happily stamp my way to December.  But, unfortunately the Papercraft HQ budget does not extend to the whole catalogue, so here’s the first 3 things I had to have…

  1. Banners Year stamp set and Banners Pick A Punch (buy as a bundle for 10% discount).  I love banners and this punch makes it so easy to turn the ends of any strip of cardstock (up to 1″ / 2.5cm) into a choice of two styles of banner.  The coordinating stamp set is filled with fab fonts and festive sayings that you’ll find yourself using on all your projects.

2. Have a Hoot stamp set & Peek-A-Hoot Dies (buy as a bundle for 10% discount).  I love owls and these owls are super cute, so pretty hard to resist!  The owls are a mix of Christmas and Halloween themed so you’ll get lots of use from this set for multiple occasions.  The connected peek-a-boo style dies are amazing for all types of cards and you’ll want to use these on other projects, not just Christmas!

3. Heartwarming Hugs DSP.  You know I always love the new DSP patterns and this catalogue is no exception.  There’s traditional red and green like the Heartwarming Hugs designs, but also blues in the Snowflake Splendor DSP and earthy tones in the Poinsettia Place DSP.  There’s so much variety & choice!  If you’ve kept supplies from last year’s Holiday Catalogue, then you may already have Brightly Gleaming, Toile Tidings and Feels Like Frost DSP – which are all returning to spend Christmas with us again!  And don’t forget about the autumn themed Gilded Autumn DSP and the Halloween themed Magic In This Night to complete your seasonal collection!


I am led to believe that buying craft supplies and using them are two separate hobbies, but luckily I enjoy both!  So here’s a card I made using my top 3 products from the mini catalogue.

Have a Hoot | kelly kent

I am totally in love with the peek-a-boo style of the connected die in the Peek-A-Hoot Dies.  I did get the coordinating stamp set because I love owls, but you could totally buy the dies just for that one die!!!  And the bonus is that they cut labels, which you can use for other projects as well.  Totally fabulous and a great investment this Christmas!

Have a Hoot | kelly kent

The other dies in the set cut out the owls in the stamp set, so not one little bit of fussy cutting is required!

Have a Hoot | kelly kent

I’m a sucker for a versatile Christmas stamp and can see myself using this Merry Christmas on so many cards!  There’s also some super cute owl punny sentiments too which I can’t wait to use.

If you live in Australia and don’t have a demonstrator who has sent you a copy of the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue, let me know and I’ll pop one in the post for you.

If you *need* supplies to keep you busy, indulge in some retail therapy or get started on your Christmas cards, you can shop in my online store.

If you earned Bonus Days coupons in July, these can be used in August – via my online store or by contacting me with your order and codes.

Stay safe!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #516 | Photo Inspiration

The theme for Just Add Ink this week is a totally gorgeous Christmas inspiration photo.  Christmas in July!

But…… I’m not ready for Christmas!  This year is rushing by and I need a few moments before I start the Christmas crazy.  So, I decided to use the styling and colours of this beautiful scene to inspire a birthday card.

So Much Happy | kelly kent

The Happy Dies were top of my list from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue, but it’s taken me this long to get them out of their packet.  So glad I got them!  The ‘happy’ die is super easy to use and creates the lovely bold sentiment strip in the middle of the card front.

So Much Happy | kelly kent

To add some texture, I embossed the top and bottom section of the happy panel (after I cut the happy) with the 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. The embossing behind the ‘happy’ letters – inspired by the wood pile in the fireplace and is from a new embossing folder in the upcoming Aug-Dec 2020 mini catalogue called Wrapped in Texture.  It’s a set of two in the slim style and although part of a Christmas themed set, you’ll be able to use this all year round.

I added in the stars in colours that matched the baubles from the inspiration photo – Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness & Blushing Bride. The ‘birthday is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set – stamped in Magenta Madness.  I love how vibrant that pink is!

So Much Happy | kelly kent

If you’re ready for some Christmas cards and this inspiration photo gets a creative spark going, we’d love for you to join the challenge and add your card to the Just Add Ink blog.  If you’re like me, and not ready for Christmas, there’s plenty of other great themes in the inspiration photo that you can use for your project!!!  Please join us either way!

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Celebrating Sunflowers | celebrate you

I just can’t get off the blue train at the moment!!!  And blue flowers *swoon*

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I made this card for one of my oldest friends – not old by age, but old by the length of time we’ve known each other.  She’s the best for remembering other people’s birthdays – it’s a special talent and always so lovely to get her message on your special day.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

The Celebrate Sunflowers bundle reminds me of my friend.  She’s bright and has the most beautiful smile.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I hope she likes my non-traditional sunflower – blue flowers aren’t for everyone but I just love how the DSP peeks through!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Products used for this card:

Stamp Set: Celebrate Sunflowers
Dies: Sunflowers Dies
Embossing: Subtle
DSP: Flowers for Every Season
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Ink: Night of Navy

 

 

Social Stamping | good to be back!

After COVID put the breaks on Social Stamping in Term 1, it was awesome to get back to it today.  With the help of two other amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, we’ll be offering weekly sessions during Term 3.

We don’t reveal the cards before the session because we want it to be a surprise when you arrive to craft, but now that the first session is out of the way, let me share with you what we made today.

The first card design had a choice of colours.  This won’t always be the case for cards we make, but this design was perfect for a pink or yellow flower, and since I couldn’t choose, I made both and let you choose your favourite.

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

Every card at Social Stamping classes comes with a high quality Stampin’ Up! envelope which you get to stamp in a coordinating design to the card.

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

This card used the Tasteful Textures stamp set and Nature’s Thoughts Dies. There was a little bit of fussy cutting for the flower, but everyone managed that beautifully!

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

One stamper today said how she enjoyed making a card with a ‘hello’ sentiment.  I love ‘hello’ cards too as you can use them for so many occasions.


The second card on offer today had a butterfly theme.  This style was a little more grungy with layers of stamping.

Positive Thoughts | kelly kent

The butterfly is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set, the script words from the Very Versailles stamp set and the sentiment from the Beautiful Friendship stamp set.  It’s always fun to mix stamp sets to get a totally new look.   The swirly circle for the sentiment is from the Painted Labels Dies with a 1-3/4″ circle punch.

Positive Thoughts | kelly kentOmbre colour themes are a favourite of mine.  This is Pool Party, Bermuda Bay & Pretty Peacock.

All of our stampers made two cards today for $13, which included a hot drink of their choice.  The option is also there for one card and a drink for $10 if you want the express option to pop in & out.

The next session in on Monday 3rd August – we can’t wait to see you there.  You can RSVP on the event on my Facebook page, or simply turn up at the cafe.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | sympathy

Welcome to Social Stamping – the first of the monthly hops focused on social greetings as themes.  If you joined us for any of the 15 weekly Social Stamping hops, you’ll be familiar with the blog hop style, linked to each other and also a main blog host post.  Click here to see a full list of designers participating today.

Today’s theme is ‘sympathy’.  Sympathy cards can be very hard to make.  The elements of the card – the colour choices, the theme, the stamps, the layout – it seems to carry more weight when the job of the card is to express to someone how much we care.  I wanted to make a card that covered feeling sad and the new Boho Indigo stamp has has the perfect sentiment – “sorry you’re feeling blue”.

I really love the Boho Indigo Product Medley with it’s serene blue tones and beautiful imagery in the stamp & die set.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Flowers are a great way to express condolences and a good theme for sympathy cards.  The stamps and dies in this project set make it easy to create visually stunning arrangements in no time at all. I’ve used a combination of the vase (Smoky Slate), flowers (Misty Moonlight) and leaves (Seaside Spray).

I came across this style of card on Debbie Henderson’s blog recently.  She called it an interlocking card – and I just love it!!!

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The finished card is the same size as a standard Australian card (A6) and fits in a normal C6 envelope.  To create the gap needed for the slider, you cut the card front down by 1/8″ to allow for the slider mechanism to sit snugly down the gap.  The card base is 8-1/8″ x 4-1/8, scored at 2″ from each end.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The slider is made using two labels or tags held together with Foam Adhesive Strip.  I used two of the same size die from the Tasteful Labels set, cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock and held together using a piece of Foam Adhesive Strip.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

It’s so simple but so clever – my favourite kind of card!  I can see this being my new favourite as it will fit any style or theme of card.

I’ve added the flowers & vase to the slider and also a piece of ribbon to act as a pull tab.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Next blog to visit is by Julia Quinn – who makes gorgeous projects in sunny Queensland.

Enjoy your weekend.  I hope you don’t have a need for many sympathy cards, but if you do, I hope this hop has provided some helpful inspiration!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | sympathy

Hello!  I started Social Stamping Blog Hosts back in March when COVID first started affecting our day to day life in Australia and we were in our first experience of lockdown.  It was a way to stay connected with each other and share projects in an online platform while many of us were at home.  Visit week 15 of the weekly Social Stamping posts to see all the topics – with links to each theme.  The themes were chosen for their relevance to the COVID experience and it was wonderful to see how they were interpreted and expressed through creative designs using paper, stamps & ink.

The next phase of our Social Stamping Blog Hosts have moved to a monthly hop with themes of social greetings.  They weren’t in any way meant to be related to COVID, but this month’s theme of “sympathy” still seems particularly relevant.  I wonder with COVID being so all encompassing at present, that everything in our world will somehow form ties to this pandemic we are living through.

It’s July 2020 and the world has undergone a humongous change.  It’s been 5 months of change, chaos, adaptation, adjustment and emotion.  We are living through the evolution of this virus – we are part of the research, action and analysis.  For some there’s been a huge amount of loss and grief and for others a wonderful amount of reflection and positivity.  Many of us have experienced the highs and lows of this pandemic rollercoaster.

While things are fairly stable here in our Western Australian bubble (for now), our east coast has had a spike in transmission and virus numbers.  My heart goes out to friends who are in Victoria and back into a lockdown environment. The first time around was challenging.  I’m not sure if the second lockdown is heartbreaking, or a sense of resigned de ja vu.

I’m also thinking about family and friends around the world who live in an area that is yet to feel like they are winning against the fight, where numbers keep rising and they feel vulnerable to the spread of the virus.  Socially distanced virtual hugs!

Sympathy cards are by far one of the hardest type of cards to make.  I’m looking forward to the inspiration on this hop, to be able to draw on the layouts, colours and designs of my crafty friends to make this task a little easier in the future.  There’s a full list of participants below, please enjoy the talents of my wonderful stamping friends!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures | celebrating the wins

Our Paper Adventures Team had a team meeting on the weekend – which is always a highlight on my calendar.  Is there any better social occasion than a cup of tea and cake with friends who share the same passion, great conversation, lots of laughs and an opportunity to get inky – all in the space of a morning!

The topics of conversation vary at meetings but we usually discuss the catalogues – favourite products and things we might have missed noticing, team news – who’s doing what and any Stampin’ Up! news.

As part of the meeting, I had the delightful task of congratulating Lisa Whitehead who has shown great innovation and dedication over the past 12 months and promoted to Bronze Elite level.  This means she earns herself an extra 5% commission on everything she sells to her customers and 5% extra discount on her own personal spending.

This is the card I made her to go with a personalised gift…

Yay You! | kelly kent

The Stitched Triangles Dies were a must have for me from the Annual Catalogue.  I love anything stitched, and the geometric finish of the triangle shapes makes them super fun to work with!

Yay You! | kelly kent

Don’t you love how the light catches those letters!  The Playful Alphabet Dies were another first love from the Annual Catalogue.  The light catching the Copper Foil on these letters makes the card shine!

Yay You! | kelly kent

And for that extra bit of wow, I’ve added the foil to the Foam Adhesive Sheet before running them through the Die Cutting Machine.  It’s so easy but so effective.  If you buy the Playful Alphabet Dies, you must buy the Foam Adhesive Sheets as well!

Yay You! | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Bermuda Bay, Bumbleebee, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with Copper Foil letters on a Whisper White base.

Congratulations again to Lisa – a well deserved promotion!  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com