Stamp Review Crew | Art Gallery

Hello! Stamp Review Crew is setting a record pace in 2021! Our third week in a row, with a bonus Sale-A-Bration hop keeping us busy last week! Why not!, when there’s so many great sets to choose from!

Today’s set is Art Gallery and the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies. This bundle is part of the Fine Art Floral suite, so there’s also DSP, Specialty Acetate, ribbon, embossing folder and Gilded Leafing Embellishment to enjoy as well!

I have seen so many gorgeous cards made with this bundle. It didn’t actually make the cut on my first order, but I have since been convinced by the creative genius of others that it really is a lovely bundle that I needed to own!

This card is a swing card in a landscape orientation. I’ve made this style of card before (back in 2016 – visit the archives here!) and thought it was time for a revisit. Changing one feature of a fold you know and love, has the potential to make it fresh again – which is exactly what happened for me with this style.

This card starts with a fold standard card base (half of an A4 sheet here in Australia), which I stamped all over with one of the Art Gallery stamps. I used So Saffron ink on Bumblebee cardstock to get a watermark effect where the ink wasn’t too bold against the card.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The middle of the card front was just using a die from the Hippo & Friends Dies. It is the perfect size and shape to fit the ‘just want to say’ words in the Floral Gallery Dies. To help stick this on, I used Adhesive Sheets on the white cardstock before cutting it. This means no messy glue when applying to the front of your card. It was also handy to use the die negative to line up the words!

Placing the die cut back into the space, I stuck it to the folding mechanism in the middle of the card so that it sits in place when closed, but when you open the card, it remains in the middle while the rest of the card front opens.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The folding mechanism is the length of an A4 page (trimmed ever so slightly to 11-5/8″) x 5-5/8″and then scored at 3-7/8″ from each end (along the long side). This will give you three even panels which you can concertina fold. Adhere the bottom panel to the card base so that it folds out towards the top of the card.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

I decorated the middle of the card with a stamped flower & leaf using the Art Gallery stamp set & Floral Gallery Dies. The flower is in Poppy Parade ink and the leaf is in Shaded Spruce ink.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The Gilded Leafing Embellishment on this card looks amazing! To achieve this look, I stamped and die cut the flower, stamped the accent in Versamark, applied Heat & Stick Powder and then melted with my Heat Tool. While the powder was still tacky, I dropped it into my tub of gold leaf and then rubbed over it with a Stamping Sponge to remove the excess. I have my gold leaf in a large container so that I can use it and keep all the flyaways contained in one space.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is a simple ‘happy birthday’ in Early Espresso ink on Petal Pink cardstock, cut with the cute scallop rectangle die from the Floral Gallery Dies. I’m always sold on a stamp set with a great birthday option!

So, now that I own this stamp set, I can’t wait to see what the crew do with it. There’s always so many ideas in these hops!!! You can see the full list of designers joining in for this hop by clicking here and visiting the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Next up you’re heading to the Northern Hemisphere to visit Betty Traciak and her fabulous Art Gallery…

Thanks for joining us. Have a wonderful week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #537 | Family Blog Hop

Happy New Year from the Just Add Ink Team! We’re starting off with a traditional blog hop. The theme is family. Clicking ‘next’ on each blog post will take you around to see each design team member, but you can also see all the posts on the Just Add Ink blog. Click through to the blog to share your family inspired projects.

One of my favourite things about card making is being able to add a personal touch. Whether it’s making the card and gift coordinate, using their favourite colours, or creating a theme that’s uniquely them.

This card is for my brother-in-law who is mad about his drone.

High Tide | kelly kent

He’s recently started sharing his drone photography and they are sensational! Check out his socials – Facebook & Instagram. He lives in Albany, a coastal suburb of south western Australia which makes for picturesque land & sea photos. We were lucky enough to visit last year and did some wonderful sightseeing. This is Team Kent at the Wind Farm.

Although Albany isn’t primarily known for it’s lighthouses, they do have terrific coastline and I loved the symbolism of the High Tide stamp set. Albany is known for it’s many peaks, so I’ve combined this set with the Waterfront stamp set to create an ocean & beyond inspired card.

High Tide | kelly kent

This card gave me a chance to play with new and old favourites including getting my new Blending Brushes inky and trying out a cloud mask (brand: My Favourite Things). The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and the DSP is In Good Taste DSP. At new catalogue launch times, I find I really have to focus on everything I have in my collection – not yet the newest additions.

High Tide | kelly kent

The final touch for this card was the drone, which is a free png image I found online cut in black vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo machine and applied to the card. This shape would have been so hard to piece together using Stampin’ Up! supplies, so I’m grateful to have a range of tools at my disposal to make my vision come to life.


Next up on the blog hop is my super duper awesome friend Lou Kitzelman with an adorable creation to share with you. Keep hopping to see all the fab creations from the design team and don’t forget to join the challenge yourself my sharing your project into the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | SAB 2021

Hello! The Stamp Review Crew are dropping by today for a bonus hop to share projects using 2021 Sale-A-Bration items. Click here to view the Australian Sale-A-Bration catalogue. The items are free with orders of $90 or $180, depending on the product.
Note: Different markets have different sale figure requirements

I have chosen to get inky with the Touch of Ink stamp set (and added in a touch of Oh So Ombre DSP too!).

Touch of Ink | kelly kent

It’s all about the soft subtle tones for this card, inspired by the ombre pinks of the Oh So Ombre DSP. This is an offcut I had after making cards for the Stamp Review Crew So Sentimental hop last week. Click here to see those cards! Are you a crafter that never throws out anything? I hoard all kinds of DSP scraps!

Touch of Ink | kelly kent

The stamp set is a 2 step style with outlines and watercolour style colouring stamps, but I wanted the effect of colouring with in a Blender Pen. I really like the variation in colour depending on where you start colouring first on the image. The leaves are Soft Sea Foam, the flowers are So Saffron and the bird is a mix of Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride. The outlines are all stamped in Basic Gray to soften up the tones for the subtles.

Touch of Ink | kelly kent

The finishing touches for this card – hello friend sentiment in Memento black, a border from the Ornate Borders Dies and pearl accents from the Pastel Pearls Embellishments.

Next up is the gorgeous Nikki Spencer, another Australian 🙂 To see a list of the whole line up, you can visit the Stamp Review Crew blog by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy the hop. Check in next Monday when we share projects using a new catalogue stamp set that I know you’ll love!

Have a wonderful week!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Birthday Fun for Mr Papercraft

Just when we’ve cleared the festive season for 2020, it’s soon Jan 2021, which means we’re celebrating Mr Papercraft’s birthday today.

Stampin’ Up! have released a fabulous new masculine theme suited called Well Suited – and while Mr Papercraft is not a suit and tie kind of guy, the colours and styling of the Well Suited DSP are perfect for birthday themed card.

Well Suited | kelly kent

The colours I’ve used are Whisper White**, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Misty Moonlight inspired by the tones of the DSP.

Well Suited | kelly kent

Since the card was from the whole family, I couldn’t resist adding in a little fun with the Darling Donkey stamp set – a cute & light hearted set available free (with a $90 purchase) during January & February as part of Sale-A-Bration 2021.

Well Suited | kelly kent

The sentiment is a mix of an Annual Catalogue favourite – Happy Dies with a new stamp set that I am in love with – Pretty Perennials from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

You may have seen the update about Stampin’ Up! changing suppliers for the white range of cardstock & paper products. The new Basic White range is now available to order. This video by Stampin’ Up! shares the key similarities and differences between the new and old white ranges.

Here’s more information on which products have switched over to become Basic White.

While I run down my supplies of Whisper White, I’ll continue to use what I have, but I’m excited to receive my Basic White order and road test the new version!

Have a wonderful weekend! We will be having a fabulous time celebrating with Mr Papercraft. Let there be cake!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | So Sentimental

Hello! Thank you for joining us for the first Stamp Review Crew of 2021! My international friends and I will continue to bring you inspiration at least twice a month using a selected Stampin’ Up! stamp set. We hop the first and third Monday of the month with a bonus hop on the fifth Monday if there’s 5 Mondays.

Today’s hop features projects using the So Sentimental stamp set from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. This stamp set is bundles with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies which are the perfect size labels to coordinate with the sentiments.

You know I love a good sentiment set, especially one with gorgeous fonts! This stamp set lends itself to so many occasions. I’ve paired it with a range of other products in my stash and have 4 cards to show you today.

CARD #1 – This Calls for Confetti Shaker Card

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Sweet Ice Cream stamp set, Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder & Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles

CARD #2 – Hello Baby

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Made with Love stamp set (retired), Painted Texture 3D EF, Layering Circles & Vellum

CARD #3 – Sending Healing Hugs

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Healing Hugs stamp set, Oh So Ombre DSP (2021 Sale-A-Bration), Elegant Faceted Gems, Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon & pink twine from Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack

CARD #4 – I Can’t Thank You Enough

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Oh So Ombre DSP (2021 Sale-A-Bration), Ice Cream Corner DSP, Vellum, white twine from Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack

Note: some of the products used are from my Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue pre-order and may not be available in the online store until tomorrow.

To see what the rest of the crew have done with this stamp set, continue hopping on to my lovely friend Linda Callahan. You can see the full hop line up by visiting the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a great Monday!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Dragonfly Garden | coming soon

You may have seen the OnStage@Home event from November 2020. All the fun of a Stampin’ Up! event with our Paper Adventures Team held in homes around the world. I’m so excited to know that we’ll have another OnStage@Home event in April 2021. It will be available to any Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – and the good news is that if you join my team in January, you’ll be an active demonstrator for this event, regardless of your sales. Join my Paper Adventures team during Sale-A-Bration (starts 5th Jan 2021) and you’ll receive the usual Starter Kit at $169 for your choice of $235 of Stampin’ Up! products plus 5 packs of DSP that are not yet available in a catalogue! Click here to customise your Starter Kit or email me with any questions.

These were the cards we made using the Dragonfly Garden bundle (stamp set & punch) at the November event – a very early sneak peek at the time from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. It releases on Tuesday – just a few more sleeps away! See the original post from OnStage@Home with lots of photos here.

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

Today I’m sharing two more cards I made using products from this suite – the Dragonfly Garden stamp set, Dragonflies Punch and Dandy Garden DSP.

The first card uses the dragonflies from the punch in a white on white pattern and with a dragonfly from the DSP as the pop of colour- coordinated with the card base (of course).

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

The sentiment is a simple white on black heat embossed ‘thank you’ from the Boho Indigo stamp set.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

The second card is a peekaboo style card – made using the Classic Label Punch.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

The front panel opens up and the dragonfly slips through to create a fun fold.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

Here’s the card looking from the top.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

This set is a must have for dragonfly lovers! Plus so much more in the new catalogue! Stampin’ Up! have provided pages and pages of fabulous new products ready for a new home in your craft room! Is your craft room ready???

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

2021 | Come at me!

Hello 2021! Here we are, embarking on another year! As we travel the road (or gauntlet) that is 2021, we will discover what adventures this year has in store for us. I am choosing a year of positivity, creativity and happiness.

Our new years celebrations were quiet last night so after a small sleep in this morning, it was pancakes for breakfast and then some lovely time tinkering in the craft room while Mr Papercraft & the Mini Papercrafts packed away Christmas. This was the result of some time in my happy space.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

The Jan-June 2021 catalogue starts soon (Tuesday 5th Jan) and one of the new products you’ll find between the covers of this gorgeous catalogue is Gilded Leafing Embellishment. It’s an enormous container of gold leaf ready to add to your crafting projects.

The easiest way to apply the gold leaf is with Versamark ink and Heat & Stick powder – both available in my online store from 5th Jan. I went a little more fancy with my happy new year sentiment – using Whisper White cardstock, Foam Adhesive Sheets, Playful Alphabet Dies, ink applied to the bottom 2/3 of the letters with Sponge Daubers and then gold gilding on the bottom half. I cut the letters on the foam adhesive but left them in the negative while I added ink and gilding. This made it easier to work with the small die cuts.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

To add the gold leaf to your project, simply apply Versamark ink (I pushed the letters onto the ink pad) and then add Heat & Stick powder. Melt this with your Heat Tool to activate then using tweezers, press gold leaf onto the sticky parts. Leave to dry for a couple of minutes then brush off with a dry paintbrush or Aqua Painter.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

Other products I’ve used to make this card –

  • Stitched Stars Dies
  • Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder
  • Fine Art Floral DSP (available 5th Jan)
  • Ink: Rococo Rose, Bumblebee, Rich Razzleberry (to coordinate with colours coming through in the DSP)
  • Adhesive Sheets

New catalogue products can be ordered online from 5th Jan 2021.

Wishing you all the happiness, success and love that 2021 has to offer. Here’s to a wonderful year for us all!

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kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | oh 2020!

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s my final post of 2020 and I’m so pleased to be joined by some amazing friends for the last Social Stamping Blog Host post of 2020.

I started these posts in March 2020 as the pandemic was starting to take hold and the world was taking a turn into unchartered territory for many of our generation. A pandemic in the 2000s with frequent travel and instant information certainly made for an interesting speed – both in terms of spread and news. Social Stamping in the blogging sphere was a great way for us to stay connected and purposeful while everything else seemed to be unpredictable and a bit gloomy.

The theme for today’s hop is “Oh 2020!”. It was open to my stamping friends who were joining in to interpret that as it fit for their recollection of 2020. My recollection is not of doom & gloom. Whilst there were moments of despair (Mr Papercraft being told not to return to work for an indefinite period of time was definitely one of those!), my memories of 2020 are largely positive. I enjoyed time at home with my kids (our daily walk was a highlight), a chance to reflect on what was important and the opportunity to slow down for a while.

We have been incredibly sheltered from the harsh reality here in Western Australia (though I do recognise that this depends on circumstances and those in the arts and hospitality and people separated from loved ones may have a very different view). Very strict border closures have meant very little spread of the virus and although we had a brief lockdown and home schooling experience, it has been mostly life as (new) normal for us. Social distancing is a loosely followed concept and we have returned to hugging, shaking hands and barely keeping our distance. This was a post from my personal Facebook on Christmas Eve reflecting on how blessed we are. How magical is that beach sunset?

kelly kent

So, with that as my experience, my card to reflect today’s theme – Oh 2020! – is one of thanks. I am thankful to live in WA, thankful to have kept relative normality to our lives (for now), to have been able to see loved ones, to spend special occasions with family & friends and to have continued to work within a safe and low risk environment.

Thanks | kelly kent

My card is a mix of old favourites and new products which we get to know and love in 2021. While it’s good to reflect on the past, I’m looking forward to the future and optimistic about what it could bring!

Thanks | kelly kent

The new products are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. “Thanks” stamp is from the You Are Amazing stamp set and the Flower & Field DSP is a free choice from the SAB catalogue with a $90 order from 5th Jan 2021.

Thanks | kelly kent

Familiar favourites are the Triple Banner Punch and flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set (2020-2021 Annual Catalogue).

While I am spreading out the thanks, thank you to everyone who visited my blog in 2020. To everyone who left a comment, tried a project I shared or followed me here on one of my socials (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest). It’s always fun to reflect on the year, so here’s my 2020 in review…

It’s been a good year! But without an audience to blog to, blogging is not nearly as fun, so thank you so sharing this with me!

One last thank you for 2020 goes to my family – my family at Papercraft HQ (Mr Papercraft, the mini Papercrafts and Nanna & Grandad Papercraft). Your patience with 5 more “stamping minutes”, tolerance of dinners on the table later than I had in mind after I got waylaid with something stamping, allowance of sleep ins after night owl bedtimes and compliance with the sanctity of my craft room gives me the room to be happy and creative. The other half of this thank you is to my Paper Adventures team – my stamping family. Your friendship and sense of belonging to the stamping community kept it in my priorities for another year!

For more 2020 reflections from my stamping friends, click on the next button to visit Nicole Wilson. You can find a full list of the participants in this blog hop on the main Social Stamping Blog Host post here.

From my family to yours – happy new year!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | oh 2020!

Hello everyone! We made it! In one of the most unpredictable and change filled years many of us have ever experienced, we stand here on the final day of 2020. What a year! For some it has been a year of hardship and life changing catastrophe. For others, it has been a year where the change has brought about positives and delivered successes in the face of adversity. Whatever your year may have been, I’m grateful to have shared in it with you through our shared love of stamping.

This is the final Social Stamping hop of 2020. We had weekly hops during the acute phase of COVID and then monthly hops as we started to return to some sense of ‘new normal’ amid a background of COVID. Sadly, for some states in Australia, the return to new normal was short lived as rising numbers plunged them back into lockdown. Some people spent more than half their year with restrictions on what they were able to do and where they were able to go.

The last theme of the year is “Oh 2020!” with my stamping friends sharing their own reflections on the year. Thank you to each and every friend who has joined me for Social Stamping in 2020 – your support and friendship has indeed been a blessing in the crazy of 2020!

A full list of participants is below. Please leave some love in the comments on their blog.

Although we can’t be sure what 2021 holds, I’m opting for positivity that we can make the most of whatever we face next. While we cannot have great influence over the big picture, we are all able to change the little picture and have our part in the way we go forwards.

Best wishes for an amazing 2021 – full of all the happiness you deserve, the craft supplies you need and the time to turn those supplies into more happy!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Lisa Whitehead
  5. Kathryn Manglesdorf
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Julia Quinn
  8. Jan McQueen
  9. Andrea Sargent
  10. Narelle Simm

Stitching for a Little Longer | Love of Leaves

As we prepare to say goodbye to most of the products in the 2020 Aug – Dec Mini Catalogue, some of our favourites are staying with us. These items will appear in either the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue which launches in May 2021 or the 2021 July-December Mini Catalogue which we’ll see in July 2021. The screenshots below are from the Carryover spreadsheet, which you can download here.

2021-2022 Annual Catalogue Carryover List
2021 July-December Carryover List

One of the carryover bundles I’m most excited to be keeping for another year is the Love of Leaves stamp set and Stitched Leaves Dies.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

I’ve layered here with the Flowers for Every Season DSP (from the current Annual Catalogue).

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

You can see other cards I made with this bundle – and inspiration from the Stamp Review Crew in a blog hop from earlier in the year. Click here to start with my post and keep clicking until you get back to me again.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

Bundles are rarely offered when they change to another catalogue cycle, so if this cute little set is on your wishlist, you’ll want to order it by 4th Jan so you can take advantage of the 10% bundle discount. Click here to view in the online store.

There’s always time for one more online order of 2020!!! (or is that just me avoiding the post Christmas shopping?!?).

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com