Paper Adventures Team Hop | All That Sparkles

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It’s time for one last Paper Adventures team hop before 2018 leaves us.  What a wonderful year of creative projects!  Thank you to my fabulous team for participating every month and taking the time to share their creativity via their blog or Facebook page.  I really appreciate the effort!

We’re finishing with a super fun theme – “All That Sparkles”!  Although I have come across a few crafters who don’t enjoy glitter, lots of us bathe in the sparkle!!!

With a new catalogue just around the corner, I’ve chosen to share some the pretty products I’ve been collecting while pre-order has been available to demonstrators.

The 2019 Occasions Catalogue has lots of exciting new products, including lots of beautiful butterflies!  Choose from a butterfly punch, butterfly dies – or both!  They layer so prettily!

A Little Butterfly Note | kelly kent

The other new product that I’m oh-so-excited by is rectangle stitched framelits!!  I’ve been waiting for these for so long!  Wendy Cranford has putting together an amazing resource for sizes (include mat sizes) for each of the rectangles.  See it here.

A Little Butterfly Note | kelly kent

The hearts on the garland were made using the new Dog Builder punch. The dog is super cute – but the heart is amazing too!

A Little Butterfly Note | kelly kent

And that amazing multi-coloured foil I’ve used for the mat and butterflies is a Sale-A-Bration choice for 2019.  It’s free when you spend $90!!!  This generous gift features 8 sheets of 12″ x 12″ metallic foil in Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick – 4 of each colour.

If you’re new to Stampin’ Up!, you’ll be excited to hear that every Jan-March (this cycle it starts on 3rd Jan 2019), Stampin’ Up! offers free gifts with every $90 you spend on products.  EVERY $90 for all that time.  There’s no limit to how many you can earn!


Sale-A-Bration also brings us a fantastic opportunity on a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit.  Purchase a $169 Starter Kit and you’ll get your choice of $315 of products and a 20% discount on all purchases until at least July 31st 2019!

Or, purchase the deluxe Starter Kit for $210 and get $315 of your choice of products, an exclusive (and limited edition) Craft & Carry Tote and a 20% discount on all purchases until at least July 31st 2019!

If either of these options sound enticing to you, send me a message on Facebook or an email and I can give you more details!

To continue the hop and visit projects from some more of our Paper Adventures team, visit Sheila Pybus on Facebook with her glittery project.

Have a great weekend!  I hope it includes lots of craft time!

Participant List:

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Sheila Pybus (Facebook)
  3. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  4. Narelle Simm

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*** Products available to demonstrators 5 Dec 2018 – 2nd Jan 2019. Available to customers from 3rd Jan 2019.

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Merry Christmas 2018 plus 2019 DSP

Merry Christmas!  It’s been a while between posts – but the stamps, inks and paper have still been working hard here at Papercraft HQ this festive season.  I’ve just not had that extra bit of spare time to share those creations with you!  To say it was busy was an understatement.  I sent significantly less Christmas cards than usual!!!  I’m playing catch up this week – happy mail is always a lovely surprise, even if it’s late.

Knowing that the Christmas crazy would settle down eventually, I did take some photos along the way – today’s share is the thank you card I made for our postie who went above and beyond for us.  Postmen (and post-ladies) in Australia deliver mail on a motorbike, so this stamp was perfect!

So Santa | kelly kent

It mixes the fabulous “Australian” Christmas stamp set So Santa and a new DSP (Classic Garage) available in Occasions catalogue – which starts 3rd January 2019.  The ‘thank you’ is from the Takeout Treats stamp set.  Both stamp sets are retiring on 2nd Jan 2019, but still available to purchase on any order until then (unless sold out).  I know So Santa is going to be a keeper for me – it’s so rare to get summery Christmas sets!  See the product table at the end of this post for a list of all the products I’ve used to make this card.

So Santa | kelly kent


Playing with my new DSP reminded me of how special it is to own all the DSP.

So, top of my list this week was to get the details finalised for the newest offering of DSP – including the Classic Garage.  A DSP share really the best way to own all the DSP in a totally affordable way!

2019 Occasions DSP Share | kelly kent

Pre order is available now for Australian customers or demonstrators.  Secure your place via the PayPal links below – first link is local pick up, second link includes Australia wide delivery.

2019 Occasions Catalogue DSP Share – local pick up (Bunbury)

90 sheets of 6″ x 6″ DSP. (82 patterns from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue plus 8 SAB bonus sheets). All 7 DSP packs from the new catalogue (does not include Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper). Local pick up from Bunbury. If you require your share posting, please select the link below.

A$36.00

2019 Occasions Catalogue DSP Share – with Australia wide postage

90 sheets of 6" x 6" DSP. (82 patterns from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue plus 8 SAB bonus sheets). All 7 DSP packs from the new catalogue (does not include Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper). Australia wide postage in a tracked satchel. If you'd like to pick-up from Bunbury, WA, please select the link above.

A$44.50

Pre-order via PayPal before 10pm WA time 2nd January 2019 to receive Frosted Flower Embellishment share (4 each of 3 colours) as a gift.

Note: all paper shares must be completed in sets of 4.  If I am unable to fill your share, I will communicate this with you and refund your payment.

What is a “Share”?

A share is a select range of products from the catalogue broken into smaller quantities so that you can order more of your favourites.  Smaller quantities means a smaller cost.  Think of it as a try before you buy option – or a get it all now option.  See and feel the DSP in person, and then order full packs of your favourites.  Sometimes a paper doesn’t become a favourite until it’s in your craft stash!

What makes up a “Share”?

I’ve calculated what I need for each share, how many people the share will include and the total cost.  I collect orders until I fill the share and then I order all the materials (paper or ribbon) required for the share.  Once they arrive, I meticulously cut the DSP and carefully package it for delivery or pickup.

When do you get your items?

Items will generally be ready to post within 2 weeks of receiving your order.  In the unlikely event I am unable to complete the numbers required for a share, I will refund your purchase via PayPal.  If you are local & picking up, I will contact you to arrange a pick up date.  If you have opted for postage, I will contact you with a tracking number once your parcel is posted.


My plan is to get beautiful new paper out to as many craft rooms in Australia as possible.  I love DSP and want to share the beautiful new patterns with you!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Christmas

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Hello!  It’s been oh-so-quiet on my blog of late.  I’m still spending lots of time with Baby Papercraft – but how could I resist this gorgeous smile?

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Not only did we add a baby to Team Papercraft this year, we also added a house! So the last month has been crazy busy with packing, moving & all the things that come with acquiring a new house.

On the upside, the new house comes with enough space for a craft room!  So after many, many, many years of crafting amongst the chaos, I have my very own space to create.  Now, if I could only conjure up some time to spend in my special craft room, the world would be perfect!!!  I have that to look forward to!!!

Although blogging has slipped down my priority list recently, I didn’t want to miss our team hop, so I’ve snuck into the craft room between baby feeds and big kid activities and created a couple of cards to share for our Christmas themed hop.

Big thanks to the talented Shannon Kissane for being our guest designer this hop!  Wasn’t her Christmas project amazing???

Since my craft time is limited, I decided I wanted to create deluxe cards. I pulled out the stunning Joyous Noel Specialty DSP, shiny Copper Foil and copper embossing to create this fancy fold design I’ve been desperate to try after seeing it on Patty Bennett’s Facebook.

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

It’s called a double easel card and they are so easy to make but so stunning!!!

So stunning I made it in two colours!!!

The first is Merry Merlot, Sahara Sand and copper.

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

I’ve taken lots of photos to show you all the angles – which is actually ironic because I haven’t yet worked out what the best option is for photos in the new house!  So they are highly average…. but you get the idea!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

The card is a normal card base with a folded front attached.  I’ll add measurements & instructions to this post soon (when I have more time!!!)

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

The second is Tranquil Tide, Gray Granite & copper – with gorgeous reindeer!!!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

It fold flat for posting but stands up for display.  I love any card with this feature!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  I love both creations but you know I’m a pushover for anything with reindeer!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us tonight! Next up on the hop is Mandy Depiazzi with her fabulous Christmas creation!

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Using Vinyl with Stampin’ Up! Dies

We all use our dies to create fabulous creative items using cardstock & DSP, but did you know our dies cut through any medium of a similar thickness?

I love using them with vinyl to create fun gifts.

This mug was made using Self Adhesive Vinyl.  This is the type of vinyl you need for hard finishes like mugs, drink bottles, car stickers.

The dies are from the Large Letters Framelits and the leaves from Eclectic Layers.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

Self Adhesive Vinyl has a plastic backing.  The die will cut through both layers.  I use clear contact (like you use to cover school books) to apply to the surface of your project.  Adhere the clear contact on to the vinyl side of your die cut.  Remove the plastic backing and then apply to your project.  When in place, gently remove the contact.  The vinyl should remain in place.

It’s suggested you prepare the surface of your project by wiping it over with Isocol (rubbing alcohol).  This removes any surface dirt or grime and give the vinyl the best chance of sticking properly.

Most Self Adhesive Vinyls will withstand handwashing, but not the dishwasher.


My second project to share with you is a bag using the Large Letters & Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits in Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV).

This is the type of vinyl you’d use for soft finishes – tshirts, bags, cushions.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

The professionals use a heat press to apply this type of vinyl.  With a little patience, you can apply at home with a good quality iron.  Put it on the hottest setting with no steam.  You need to place a lightweight cloth or piece of fabric over the vinyl when ironing.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

Heat Transfer VInyl has a plastic top sheet.  The die will cut through both layers – the plastic & the vinyl.  Place it plastic side up and iron/press.  When you’ve applied enough heat, the vinyl will be adhered to your fabric and you’ll be able to gently lift the plastic layer.


There are lots of places you can buy vinyl online, and lots of brands to choose from.  Be sure to buy the correct type of vinyl for your intended project.  They are not interchangable.

I know you’re going to love trying this out and getting more projects from all your dies!


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Happy 30th to Stampin’ Up! – 24 Hour Sale

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Stampin’ Up! turn 30 this year and they are celebrating for the next 24 hours with a sale!

There’s 15% off a range of stamp sets!!!  Is there a better reason to start an order than a sale???

Do you spy a favourite on your wishlist?  Click on the picture below to visit a favourite in the online store.

I’ve only listed the clear version below, send me a message if you need the codes for any wood mount sets (both types are 15% off).  Or search by stamp set name in the online store.

This sale ends 8.59pm WA time tomorrow night (24th October, 11.59pm EDST).

Happy shopping,

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Halloween

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Hello & welcome to our team hop – October edition.

The theme this month is the Toil & Trouble suite & Halloween.  We’ve invited the immensely talented Tanya Boser to share her spooky project as our October guest designer.

Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia as other parts of the world.  We don’t give cards or treats out unless it’s trick or treating on the afternoon of 31st – and trick or treating isn’t a tradition for many households.

One of our team, Mandy (you’ll visit her blog on this hop) is running a craft session for kids so they can have some Halloween fun with just the treats! – what a great idea!

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Despite not celebrating Halloween here at Papercraft HQ, I often buy lots of items from the Halloween section of the Holiday Catalogue because they make great non-Halloween cards – particularly boys & kids themed cards.

So, today I’m sharing with you two cards I made using the super cute Toil & Trouble DSP, finished off with a birthday sentiment.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The first card is a bat / batman theme using the Spooky Bats Punch (Holiday Catalogue, page 51).  I couldn’t resist the bat punch thinking ahead to making Batman themed birthday cards!

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The second card uses another pattern from the Toil & Trouble DSP featuring spooky cats.  I added this with the cat punch to create another birthday card.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The Happy Birthday in both of these cards is one of my favourites – you’ll find it in the Perennial Birthday stamp set.

There’s other great patterns in this DSP including frogs, ghosts, witches & plain patterns such as stars, stripes & spots.  So next time you’re ordering DSP, make sure to see beyond the marketed use and imagine what else those patterns could make you!

For more spooky inspiration, please keep hopping and visit our fabulous guest designer – Tanya Boser.

Thanks for joining us!

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Stamp Review Crew | Dashing Deer

My design team posts are going to be light at the moment, but I couldn’t resist the theme for Stamp Review Crew this week.

It’s Dashing Deer – which is filled with reindeer and has a beautiful coordinating die set.  I just love reindeer, they are my favourite Christmas motif.

Now of course with Baby Papercraft taking up lots of my time (see here to meet the little man), I’m only getting snippets of time at the craft table.

So I only have one reindeer creation to share with you – and it’s simple.  But that’s ok!!!  Simple can be lovely too!

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

To make this card I cut a piece of copy paper just bigger than my Whisper White mat and then cut a circle at the top middle.  Remove & discard the circle cut out.

Using the remaining rectangle as a mask, I sponged the circle with Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry & Night of Navy inks.  I then stamped the filigree reindeer in Versamark and heat embossed in silver.

The sentiment was stamped with the help of my Stamparatus in Rich Razzleberry.

The Rich Razzleberry card base was embossed using the Tin Tile embossing folder and the reindeer panel mounted on Smoky Slate then adhered to the card base using dimensionals.

Here’s a close up of the reindeer – the detail in this stamp is just beautiful.   I haven’t used it in this card, but it has a coordinating die in the set.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

That is my first Christmas card done for the season!  I’m looking forward to making more in this style.

And to seeing what the rest of the Stamp Review Crew has created.  I know there’ll be lots of inspiration in the blogs ahead.

Next up is the wonderful Mickey Roberts

Until next time, happy crafting!


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Stamparatus Accessories

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If you already own a Stamparatus, then you’ll be excited to hear that there’s now additional accessories available.

If you haven’t yet added this amazing tool to your collection, then it’s time!  Only $85 for perfectly straight, clear and bold stamping, but the option for awesome techniques like hinge stamping and wreath stamping.

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$85.00

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like a Stamparatus demonstration, please contact me for a free in-home workshop!

Colour INKspiration #42

Sneaking in time at the craft table has been a little challenging when trying to fit in with a newborn schedule!

I made it work though so I could play along with the gorgeous colours for Colour INKspiration this week.

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With copper shimmer paint already on the table, and a tight time schedule, I chose to build upon the theme I used for Gayle’s bronze elite congratulations card.  You can see that card by clicking here.

Here is my challenge card….

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

I kept the Subtle embossing folder background and leaf edging and added in a Basic Black (sprayed with copper shimmer paint) happy birthday sentiment.  The leaves I used as an embellishment were cut using a new punch available in the Holiday Catalogue (Sprig Punch) – you can never have too many options for decorative leaves!

If you have crafty time this weekend, add your own copper, mint, white & black creation to the Colour INKspiration challenge page.  Entries close on Monday 8th October.


When I’m time poor, I find the best way to create ‘in bulk’ is to make the same design in a few different colours.  This was also a great way to try out more of the shimmer paints.

Shimmer Paint Combinations | kelly kent

Highland Heather with Champagne Mist shimmer paint…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

Berry Burst with Frost White shimmer paint…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  Or a suggestion for another colour combination you’d try?Happy Birthday | kelly kent

What are your tips for efficient card making?  Leave me a comment to help me get the most out of my short visits to the craft space!


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