Floating & Fluttering

Hi there! How’s your weekend going? You won’t believe it, but this is my second live post this week! I’m in the very lucky position of hanging out at a craft retreat all weekend, so I’m taking the chance to show you a project I made this month.

These cards feature the Floating & Fluttering bundle – one of the new butterfly sets available in the Jan-June mini catalogue.

I’ve made it in two colour combinations. The first is a version style on the Monarch butterfly. We released these gorgeous butterflies at my wedding (12 years ago!) so they hold a special place in my heart.

To make this card I stamped the butterflies on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. I then stamped the butterflies again on another piece, coloured them with Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends and then die cut using the coordinating Fluttering Dies.

The die set has the option to cut the butterflies into individual butterflies – as I have in the Pumpkin Pie card. Or, to cut as a whole segment – as I have in the version below.

This version using a gorgeous array of pastels – Mint Macaron & Just Jade as the base colours and then Rococo Rose, Highland Heather and Seaside Spray for the butterflies.

The Floating & Fluttering stamp set is images only – no greetings, which means you can mix & match it with your favourite sentiments from others sets. I’ve used the Punch Party stamp set – one of the stamp sets available during Sale-A-Bration (which ends next weekend!). This one is completely free with every order fo $500.

I hope your weekend is as stamping happy as mine! I’m signing off now to go and make some more cards!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | hearts

Hello! Thank you for joining us for tonight’s Paper Adventures Team Hop. The theme is ‘hearts’ – Valentine’s Day and beyond. I hope you all had a wonderful love day on the weekend – celebrating whatever love means you to (a partner, a lover, a friend, your family, a hobby).

We welcome Leonie Stuart as our guest designer for today’s hop. We love Leonie’s beautiful style – thank you for hopping with us today!!! Click on the next button below to jump on over to Leonie’s blog and see her heart filled creation. The full list of team who are joining in with this hop are also at the bottom of this post.

Although the connection to hearts didn’t need to be about love, it’s such a great way to use hearts! They aren’t just a Feb 14th card opportunities – you can tell someone you love them all year round! The Be Mine Stitched Dies are my absolute favourite in the heart options. What’s not to love? Layering sizes, different heart shapes, coordinating accents and of course – stitched detail!

I’m sharing two cards today. The first card is an anniversary card for my parents. They celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary this week – what a wonderful amount of time to say you’ve been someone’s best friend for!

Be Mine Stitched | kelly kent

Both of my cards today started with the background layer as the inspiration. Mr Papercraft is absolutely wonderful and lets me buy my own crafty gifts all year long. So, this year for Valentine’s Day I bought myself some alcohol inks. When new crafty supplies arrive, it’s important to have a good play and see how they work. Alcohol inks are the best fun!!! (Dear Stampin’ Up! product team – if you’re reading this, please release SU alcohol inks! I would buy them all!!!). I purchased some of the recommended Yupo paper to use for this ink technique, but I also pulled out some retired Stampin’ Up! Glossy White cardstock – and it worked perfectly! I knew there was a reason to keep all my SU supplies!

Be Mine Stitched | kelly kent

I’ve layered the hearts on this card using Basic White, Gold Foil, Basic Black, Vellum, Melon Mambo and (retired) Berry Burst to coordinate with the alcohol ink (Fushia & gold). The sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set – a great staple for all the important occasions.


The second card is for a newly engaged couple to celebrate their love and happy occasion. For this one I wanted to use a colour that is different to the usual red & pink associated with hearts, so I mixed together several alcohol inks in blue & teal tones with a silver accent.

Be Mine Stitched | kelly kent

One of the best parts about playing with alcohol inks is you can never quite predict how they’ll move, separate and intertwine, so you’ll get a unique creation every time. For this card I’ve used Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay, Just Jade and Basic White to complement the coloured panel.

Be Mine Stitched | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Pretty Perennials stamp set – I feel I will never tire of the gorgeous fonts in this set! The accents are from another favourite product at moment – Opal Rounds from the Jan-June Mini Catalogue. You need to get these into your stash, they are divine and finish cards with such a pretty touch!

Be Mine Stitched | kelly kent

Next up on the hop is our guest designer, Leonie Stuart

Happy heart month!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List
Kelly Kent
Leonie Stuart (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi
Siobhan Fitzsimmons

Well Suited | Traditional

To manage the balance between life and craft, so many of my blog posts are scheduled – I write them ahead of time and tell the blog when I want them to appear on the internet. Today, as a special event, I am writing to you live! The kids are occupied, the tennis is on for company and I have a couple of cards I want to show you.

The Handsomely Suited stamp set and Suit & Tie Dies were an impulse buy to boost my stash of ‘male’ themed products. When the catalogue is largely flowers and girly stuff, it’s wise to get these additions while they are available. The Well Suited suite is the masculine offering in the Jan-June Mini Catalogue. Father’s Day in America is during this catalogue period and therefore we are most likely to see these products appear in the first half of the year. If you wait until closer to our Father’s Day in September, you’ll almost certainly find less choice. Though, if you are reading this Stampin Up! Product Team….. please make more sets we can use for the guys!

So far I’ve shared some less traditional cards using the Suit & Ties Dies including a hi-vis jacket, a manly floral and a Harry Potter card. Today I’m sharing a more traditional use of the dies – in a tie and bow tie version. I’ve left this card sentiment free so it can be used for a variety of occasions and plan to stamp the one I need from the Handsomely Suited stamp set on the inside.

The pieces in the Suit & Tie Dies have everything you need to make up these smart looking suits. I love the red DSP pattern against the crisp black and white – it reminds me of Grandad Papercraft who used to always wear a red ‘dicky bow’ and traditional suit on very formal occasions. You’ll find the Flower & Field DSP, available for {FREE} with a $90 purchase until the end of the month as part of the Sale-A-Bration range.

The stitched strip makes for a very stylish shirt option under the jacket, but I can see the potential of this die on so many cards. Check in next week to see me bring this idea to life!

So many cut details! The buttons, the pocket, the kerchief (which is actually half the collar die!). And the best part – you can make it any combination of style or colour you like! It’s a great way to personalise the card to the recipient.

If you’d like to add the Handsomely Suited bundle or any other product from the current catalogue to your stash, then the next 10 days is the time to do it! Sale-A-Bration finishes at 9pm (WA time) on Sunday 28th Feb 2021. Until then, every order receives a free SAB product with every $90 you spend. Stock up on all those basics, get the sets on your wish list and earn those freebies!!!

Click here to browse in the online store. Happy shopping!

Well Suited | this is ten

February is a big month at Papercraft HQ – a birthday, an anniversary and Valentine’s Day all in the same weekend. So much love to celebrate!

Little Miss Papercraft – the one who made us parents – turned ten on the weekend. She’s an avid reader, loves gymnastics and is one of the kindest and sweetest people you’ll ever meet. She asked for the ice cream punch art card I made a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to create something she hadn’t seen before – something just for her. Pinterest came up with the perfect inspiration in the form of this Harry Potter inspired card using the Well Suited dies. Thank you to The Joy of Stampin’ with Rachael for sharing her HP design which I made for Miss Papercraft with minimal adjustments!

Well Suited | kelly kent

There were two slight changes – trimming the front of the suit dies to create a ‘robe’ style look and cutting a ‘v’ in the Smoky Slate sweater piece – though you can barely see this once the tie is in place. I added ‘ten’ in the retired Brushed Metallic Cardstock (using Paper Rose alphabet dies which I keep in my stash for projects when I want lower case letters).

Well Suited | kelly kent

The pile of presents is mostly books including a 2021 edition of Guinness World Records. Do you remember pouring over one of these when you were a kid?! The girls have already been searching for the weird and wonderful record facts. Other presents in the pile were more book, bathers and a pair of rollerblades. It seems my childhood has come full circle and all the 90s are back again!

Well Suited | kelly kent

Can you believe the first Harry Potter book was published in 1997! I am also probably the only person in the world who has never read any of the books or seen any of the movies! I’ll leave that to the kids and stick to card making HP!

We believe in a birthday month here at Papercraft HQ, so there’s plenty more time to celebrate our big ten year old!!! I’m sure she’d love to see some happy birthday messages in the comments – thank you for sharing in the birthday fun!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Kangaroo & Company

Hi there! Happy Valentine’s Day to those who are reading that are still in yesterday’s time zone! I hope you and all the already into Monday time zoners had a wonderful day of love!

There’s lots of love about today’s Stamp Review Crew hop where we share with you what we’ve been creating with the Kangaroo & Company stamp set. This set coordinates with the Kangaroo Dies for easy peasy projects!

I’m hopping with my friends on the crew from around the world and I can’t wait to see what they share with us today! Kangaroos are native to Australia and can be seen often in the wild, though it’s rare to have them in your back yard and it’s not very common to have them as pets (though occasionally people will keep a rescued joey – baby kangaroo). We have a local wildlife park where you can stop by feed the kangaroos. It’s so fun to have a stamp set in the catalogue with Australian roots. To see the full line up and links, please visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

I’m taking a different angle on this one compared to the cards I posted last month for a Just Add Ink hop. Today it’s all about the punny cards. You know I love a card that comes with a smile!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The first one uses other supplies in my stash, together with the Kangaroo & Company bundle to create a “Happy Birthday to Roo!” card!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The stamp sets are Many Messages (happy birthday) & Itty Bitty Birthdays (to) – heat embossed in white on Rococo Rose cardstock. The ROO! letters are in Misty Moonlight cardstock using the Playful Alphabet Dies & Foam Adhesive Sheets.

The rest of the stamps you can see – kangaroo, presents & butterflies are all from the Kangaroo & Company stamp set. It’s the perfect builder set – you can customise for any mood or occasion. The DSP on this card is from the Fine Art Floral DSP pack and the embossing folder is Painted Texture 3D. I’m also loving having a white twine back in the range – available in a twin pack with a pretty Blushing Bride.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The second card is a play on the kangaroo method of getting around – “hoppy birthday”! With some help from my favourite set – Pretty Perennials, I have adjusted the ‘a’ to an ‘o’.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The super cute flowers – designed to be a pouch accessory, also work as a stand alone stamp. I’ve stamped several clusters in each corner and coloured them with Stampin’ Blends (Rococo Rose, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade).

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

Can you spot the boo boo on this card? I was making these late on Saturday night (yes, I’m motivated by a deadline) and didn’t notice til I was editing the photos! Mistakes on cards don’t worry me at all. This will still be ‘hopping’ it’s way over to a special birthday lady soon!

To see more kangaroo creations, it’s your turn to hop on over to the next blog. From here, you’re visiting the gorgeous Linda Callahan.

I hope your week is wonderful and includes stamping out some of cute Australian natives! It’s got to be a good week if there’s cute kangaroos involved!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Happy Love Day 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day friends! It’s a big weekend of love here at Papercraft HQ. Yesterday Mr Papercraft and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, Little Miss Papercraft had her birthday and today it’s Valentines Day!

Back in early January, I used the Darling Donkeys stamp set (available for {FREE} during Sale-A-Bration until 28th Feb 21) to make Mr P’s birthday card. Click here to see it if you missed it.

So, it seemed like perfect coordination to keep the theme going and use another donkey from the set to make a card to cover all the occasions of this weekend.

Darling Donkey | kelly kent

Together with the perfectly named Love You Always Specialty DSP in elegant Sahara Sand, a Real Red heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, ‘love’ sentiment from the Well Written Dies and ‘you’ stamp from the Pretty Perennials stamp set, the donkey is just the cutest expression of love!

Darling Donkey | kelly kent

I hope your day is filled with lots of happy – with people you love and activities that fill your cup.

Sending lots of love from Australia,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #541 | Blended Background

Hey there, thanks for joining me for another Just Add Ink challenge. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s the variety in the Just Add Ink challenges that I love so much.

Today’s challenge is to add a Blended Background. I can’t wait to see how everyone does this – brushes, daubers, sponge rollers, ink pads…. this technique has lots of ways to reach your end point. I used the new Stamping Brushes by Stampin’ Up!. These makeup style brushes make seamless blending so easy. To help, I used Shimmery White cardstock with its ultra smooth surface and beautiful shimmer to help blend the colours.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

Before applying the ink, I stamped the wildflowers from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set in Versamark and added Clear Embossing Powder. This is the Emboss Resist Technique and always a favourite when working with blended backgrounds. It means when you rub the ink over the cardstock, it doesn’t take up ink where the clear embossing is and that part remains whatever colour your background started (in this case white).

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

The colours I used for the ink blending are Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness and Gorgeous Grape. I really wanted the colours to be bright and fun for this get well card.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

I always like to balance the bright colours with black and white contrast. The dragonfly and the sentiment are white heat embossed on Basic Black cardstock. The get well soon sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set. It’s often my go to because I love the font and it’s got really sensible sayings that you want to put on the front of cards.

We’d love to see your blended background projects. Please share your creation in the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog to join in the challenge. You can also see the other design team cards for colour & design ideas with ink blending.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Pretty Perennials

Is a stamping Mumma allowed to have favourites??? Luckily for the products in my collection, my favourites are constantly changing but at the moment I am totally in love the with Pretty Perennials stamp set and Perennial Petals Dies.

So far I’ve shared a super cute ice cream punch art creation using these dies – you can see that here, and a happy mail swap card – you can see that here.

The cards I am sharing today were made for my team and customers. I love being able to send a card as a thank you with an order and I always send out birthday cards for my team.

The theme this year for my team birthday cards is yellow – and they’ll find out why when they get their birthday card in the mail. Not everyone loves birthdays, but I have always enjoyed celebrating another year for my family & friends.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

This card is a little fussier than my usual style, but the flowers (stamps & dies) in this set layer so beautifully!

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

I’ve used three different yellows – So Saffron, Daffodil Delight & Bumblebee. I love that our ink & cardstock coordinates so you can confidently use them together and they have the same tone.


After making the yellow version, I decided to change up my usual colour choices and add in a purple version. Purple is not a tone I usually craft with – which is funny because it matches so well with so many other colours! You’ll often find one of the purple tones in DSP!!!

As I so often do, I changed a few things in the original design to create a same same but different card. Different layout direction, different colours, different DSP pattern, different sentiment option. For very little brain power you get a wonderfully coordinating, but unique card.

The colours in the purple version are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy. Due to issues with manufacturing that couldn’t be resolved, we haven’t had Purple Posy ink for most of the time the colour has been available. Luckily, Highland Heather when stamped off comes pretty close and is a great substitute!

The black & white DSP on both cards is True Love DSP from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. I’ve seen lots of B&W lovers say there should be a B&W option in every catalogue and you know what – I think I have to agree. It provides such a good base for cardmaking, especially when mixed in with monochromatic cards.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

While we are celebrating all things happy, happy back to school day for all the students in Perth & the South West that returned to school today. Thankfully a week of lockdown meant we were able to return to life as usual in the south west and expecting the same for Perth again very soon.

Have a fabulous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Lockdown | what cardmaking?

Parts of my state of Australia went into lockdown a week ago in response to a virus outbreak. It would seem like lockdown would be the perfect opportunity to get lots of cardmaking done – but the reality of my week was a little different. With the Mini Papercrafts home for the 9th week of school holidays, day care closed for the week and my working days switched to working from home, there always seemed to be something other than the craft table that demanded my attention. On the plus side, we enjoyed family walks, had time for some baking and I got to experience working from home for my job as a paediatric Speech Pathologist.

Knowing that my team were all in lockdown in their respective locations, we were lucky enough for lots of us to be free for a Zoom team meeting on Thursday night. We chatted lockdown (of course), caught up on how everyone was going, talked Stampin’ Up! and then crafted while chatting some more. The brief was to create something you could send to a teamie.

I had the Pretty Perennials bundle on my craft table from my ice cream girl creation last week (you can see that here) and a Pretty Perennials stamping session earlier in the week before lockdown hit – I’ll share those projects with you tomorrow.

So, I knew I wanted to use the Pretty Perennials bundle again (I think it’s my mini catalogue favourite at the moment – or at least one of several favourites). Being on a meeting length time frame to make something, I opened the catalogue for layout inspiration and chose the DSP & banner combination on page 8 of the mini catalogue.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

For the DSP background, I used the Flower & Field DSP which you can add to your order for {FREE} during February once the total before shipping reaches $90. The blue and yellow of the DSP led me to the colour choices for the banner and other DSP strip.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

For the flowers, I wanted to add some more colour, so I used Blushing Bride for the large flower and then coordinated in the yellow (Bumblebee) and blue (Pool Party) for the other flowers.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

The flowers in this set are gorgeous, but it’s the ‘happy’ that keeps drawing me back. Unfortunately there’s no die for it, so it’s fussy cutting therapy for that one, but it looks so cute on the card that I’m happy to take the time to cut it out. The ‘sending’ and ‘mail’ – in a font that I just adore – are white heat embossed on Just Jade cardstock.

There’s everything to love about this stamp set and coordinating dies. I think I’ll keep it on my desk for a little longer before moving on to something else!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Snailed It

Hello Monday! I thought I’d be sharing this post with you as we embarked on the first day back at school for 2021 for the Little Miss Papercrafts. But, as the twists and turns of the pandemic would have it, we are in lockdown for the next 5 days. There will be a first day at school – just not this week! Fingers crossed the swift lockdown works and we’re back to normal programming soon.

I’m hoping that lockdown gives me lots of craft time this week and can’t wait to see the inspiration the Stamp Review Crew bring for today’s stamp set – the Snailed It bundle!

This is one of my favourite sets from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, so I can’t wait to see what the crew do with it.

I made these cards earlier in the month and have been saving them to share, knowing that this blog hop was coming up.

Snailed It | kelly kent

The first card – top left – was a card we made in my team class. It used the Snailed It stamp set, coordinating Snail Dies and the also coordinating Postage Stamp Punch.

Snailed It | kelly kent

The background for this card uses the Postage Stamp Punch together with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder. I punched the postage stamp shape first (x5) on Basic White cardstock and then put them all in the embossing folder to give them the lovely texture. Then I laid them out on the Basic White mat. I love the white on white effect!

Snailed It | kelly kent

The snail is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends before being cut out with the matching die. I loved the little envelope, so included this in the top corner to house the sentiment – which is from the Punch Party stamp set. Punch Party is available for FREE on any order of $500 or more until the end of February 2021. The final touch was a couple of Opal Rounds. These fly under the radar a little in the catalogue – the gorgeous colour and shine is so hard to capture. But trust me when I saw you’ll want these little gems in your collection!


The second card I made in multiples to go with January orders for my customers.

Snailed It | kelly kent

We all joke about mail travelling by ‘snail mail’ these days, but it really is a wonderful feeling to open the letterbox and find happy mail in there.

The ‘happy mail’ stamp from this set has “enclosed” under the mail but I’ve taken to my stamp with a sharp craft knife and cut that part out. I’ve kept it, of course – which means I can add it back in if I need to, but I really love the flexibility of just having a happy mail stamp to use on the front of cards, and not just one designed for envelopes. The snail stamp also had a sentiment attached, but I snipped that off too so I could use the snail on its own. I know some people find it hard to cut up their stamps but I don’t even give it a second thought. If it makes the stamp set more functional for me, then it gets the snip! The stamps go back together so nicely if you are careful with how you cut them, so you’re sure to get so much more use from your stamps.

Snailed It | kelly kent

I’ve used lots of the same elements and styling in this card – the Painted Texture Embossing Folder, Postage Stamp Punch and of course, the Snail Dies for cutting out that cute little snail.


For more ideas on what to do with those snails, there’s projects to come – keep clicking on the next! From here, you’re heading over to the US to visit Linda Callahan

Thanks for joining us today. To see everyone joining in today’s hop, you can visit the Stamp Review Crew blog here.

Sending everyone lots of positive energy that our pandemic experiences are as happy as possible. I’m looking forward to sending some happy mail this week while we are safely waiting out the lockdown.

If you need any supplies for your happy mail creations, you can shop 24-7 in my online store.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com