Just Add Ink #530 | Stamps, Paper, Ink

Hello! Thanks for joining me for Just Add Ink this week. It’s a fabulous theme – back to the roots of what we do and love…. stamps, paper & ink!

That’s right – just those things. No punches, no dies, no fancy embellishments – just the basics for papercraft!

The design for my card, using the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set takes inspiration from the stamp set sleeve! I lined up the gnomes on top of the printed cover in the same pattern and then attached them to my block so that when I stamped them on the card front, they were in exactly the same position as they appear on the stamp set case. Did you know that unless stated, all Stampin’ Up! artwork images are shown at 100% in the catalogue and on the stamp set cover. It makes it so much easier to visualise how they will look and stamp on your card.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

In keeping with only using ink, stamps and paper for my card, I’ve coloured the images with a Blender Pen and ink directly from the stamp pad. The colour scheme for the gnomes was inspired by a gorgeous card i saw by Laura Mackie. You can see her gnomes by clicking here. The colours are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and a touch of Granny Apple Green and Crushed Curry.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The final addition to the card was a solid black line drawn with a fine tip sharpie pen and ruler and a Christmas sentiment underneath. Remember how much I love fonts – I love this font!!!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see the variety of ways you all interpret this challenge. Try to keep it as simple as possible. We want to see the stamps, paper and ink shine! Add your card to the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog. Click here to visit. You’ll also find all the other design team cards with more ideas on how to create a card just using the basics.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

From All of Us to Grandad Papercraft

It was Grandad Papercraft’s birthday yesterday – and I must be rubbing off on him, because it’s starting to look like a whole week of birthday celebrations that could extend through the month!

It might have been our trip to the zoo on the weekend, or perhaps just the total cuteness of the From All of Us stamp set, but it seemed like the perfect option for his birthday card.

From All of Us | kelly kent

The card fold is an interlocking card, and one of my favourites when you need an awesome card that is deceptively simple. I first shared this style of fold for a Social Stamping card earlier in the year. You can see the post with more information about the card fold by clicking here.

When you remove the centre slider piece – which in this case is the coloured animals on a Pear Pizzazz circle, the card opens out for the message on the inside. Although I usually share cards before they are personalised with a birthday message, I’ve taken this one after the Little Miss Papercrafts have written to Grandad Papercraft. They love acrostic poems – and almost every card that the misses write out at Papercraft HQ gets a little bit of literary magic.

From All of Us | kelly kent

I’m not great with being creative for animal colouring, so I’ve used Stampin’ Blends in the colours shown on a sample in the catalogue. The catalogue is a wonderful resource and I refer to it all the time.

From All of Us | kelly kent

There’s no die for this stamp set, so it was a love job on the fussy cutting. A little precarious on some of the smaller parts, but I got there without any accidents!!

The DSP for this card is my favourite sheet from the Forever Greenery DSP. I’m often reminded of the adage about knowing a crafter likes you if they use their favourite DSP on your card! We definitely think Grandad Papercraft (my Dad) is the best and feel very lucky to have shared in his birthday celebrations (rounds 1 & 2 so far!!!) – complete with party bags and cake!

Happy birthday!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Love of Leaves

Hello! Welcome to November and the first Stamp Review Crew hop for this month. I’m hopping with my lovely stamping friends from around the world. To see the full list of stampers who are participating today, visit the Stamp Review Crew main blog.

Today we’re showcasing the Love of Leaves stamp set and dies from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

If I’m honest, it was the dies that pulled me in for this bundle. They are beautifully designed with stitching on the outside which shows when you use the leaves for the negative space. And pretty stitching for the middle of the leaves, which add such a lovely level of detail.

I’ve created two cards to share with you today. The first card features the leaves stamped, die cut and layered on the card.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

Remember I said how much I loved the dies? Look at the amazing detail of the die along the side of the card. Just magical!

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

I’ve used Mint Macaron, Just Jade and Crumb Cake for the leaves and layered them on a circle of Just Jade DSP (from the 2020-2022 In Color DSP).

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

The stamp set has some lovely sentiments – including one of my favourites – “hello”.


The second card wasn’t in my original plans to create but when I saw that the littlest of the leaves looked so much like a heart, this idea was born.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

Rather than using the dies, I’ve hand cut the leaf into a heart shape and then added the stitched detail to the middle.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent
The colours are Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape. I’ve followed rough rainbow order for their layout.
Love of Leaves | kelly kent

The font of this sentiment really tickles my fancy. I love the happy mix of upper and lower case letters.


Thanks for hopping with us today. To see more projects with this stamp set, please click on the next. Following on from me is the gorgeous Heidi Baks.

Have a wonderful week,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Curvy Celebrations | Coming soon

It’s become tradition for Stampin’ Up! to share an early release with us from the upcoming mini catalogue. From 3rd November 2020, customers will be able to order products from the Curvy Celebrations suite.

But wait, there’s something special about the 2020 release – they’ve upped the ante! As well as letting us order the Curvy Celebrations stamp set a whole 2 months early, they have also released limited edition Christmas products that coordinate with the Curvy Dies.

154319QUITE CURVY BUNDLE
Includes the Quite Curvy Photopolymer Stamp Set and Curvy Dies
$72 AUD
155364CURVY CHRISTMAS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET
Exclusive stamp set
$37 AUD
155969CLASSIC CHRISTMAS 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Exclusive Designer Series Paper; 
$20 AUD
158396QUITE CURVY VARIETY BUNDLE
Includes the Quite Curvy Bundle, the Curvy Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set, and the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper at a 10% discount.
$123.25 AUD

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is being able to pre-order these releases even earlier than early – and at a discount! If you’d like that kind of special treatment, join my Paper Adventures Team. Click here to purchase your $169 Starter Kit ($235 of your choice of products with free shipping) and enjoy a 20% discount until at least April 2021. It’s the perfect time to join and get all your Christmas crafting needs at a fabulous price. As well as the discount and perks you’ll find yourself part of a wonderful group of stampers – new friends and a place to hang out online? Yes please!


Here’s what I made with the Curvy Christmas stamp set and Curvy Dies once they hit WA shores.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

I’m still in a blue phase, so it’s a Night of Navy, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight trio with silver highlights.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

I’ve combined the stars from the curvy stamp with the Stitched Stars Dies. As always, the new products coordinate perfectly with things you’ve already got in your craft room.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

The detail and curve of these dies is so pretty. I love how the sentiments are made to follow the curve as well!

I know you’re going to fall in love with this bundle. Just two more sleeps and it will all be available in my online store. Click here to shop.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | Get Better Soon

Hello! Thank you for sharing in another Social Stamping Blog Host. The theme today is ‘get better soon’. You can read more about it, see the history of Social Stamping Blog Hosts and view the full participant list on the main blog host post by clicking here.

My projects for today started off as a solo card using another fancy fold I’ve had on my wishlist to try. I shared a Step Panel Card earlier in the week – it was so easy and so fun.

Today it’s a Peekaboo Flap Card using the animals from the Back On Your Feet stamp set. I think we’ll see this used at least a few times on this blog hop – because it’s a fabulous ‘get well’ type set.

This was the first card I made using the giraffe stamp in Bumblebee with patterned paper from the Playing with Patterns DSP.

A Peekaboo Flap card has the die cut in the same place through all layers so that you can see through to the image on the inside on the card.

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

The flap is held in place by sentiment on the left side, which then opens up to show the middle layer.

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

And then opens again to show the inside of the card and the whole giraffe…

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

And then it all folds back up again!

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

Once I’d made this version, I couldn’t resist using the same fold to make a sloth version using Pear Pizzazz and Forever Greenery DSP….

And a turtle version in Rich Razzleberry and Artistry Blooms DSP.

This stamp set was so much fun to play with, even if it’s not so nice to need to send a get better card.

The 15% off DSP sale finishes today, so if you haven’t stocked up yet, there’s still time. Click here to browse in my online store.

You’ll also want to see the rest of the projects on the blog, click on the next for great inspiration from Julia Quinn.

Thanks for hopping with us.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | Get Better Soon

Hello! Thank you for joining me and my stamping friends for another Social Stamping Blog Host. We’ve been hopping on the last Saturday of each month to a shared theme. Today’s theme is “Get Better Soon”.

The Social Stamping Blog Host started when COVID was first making its impact on life in Australia. Very unbelievably, it is still having a significant impact on life on the east coast of Australia – particularly our friends in Melbourne & Victoria. They have only just had restrictions eased after a second wave of the virus. We are in a bubble here on the west coast with restrictions in place that make travel into and out of the state almost impossible. Only time will tell what we can expect here in WA as the COVID journey continues.

This theme could take on so many meanings – from the literal of hoping someone feels better soon from an illness to supporting someone in a hard time where you hope their situation will get better. There’s also this meme that pops up on social media every now and again that always makes me smile at the clever use of language (it must be the Speech Pathologist humour in me!).

Whatever the sentiment behind the get better wishes, I always love seeing what my creative friends share during these hops.  There’s a full participant list below – in case of any broken links.  Please enjoy the creativity shared and we hope to inspired you to make something crafty this weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List | get better soon

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Julia Quinn
  3. Elizabeth Gross
  4. Denise Buetler
  5. Sandra Collett
  6. Michelle Strazds
  7. Sheila Pybus
  8. Andrea Sargent

Trimming the Town | Step Panel Card

This style of card (Step Panel Card) has been on my to-make list for forever. It’s definitely in the category of super easy once you know how and looks amazing, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to try it out!

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The card has two hinged sections which sit into box shapes when the card is standing up and lay flat when folded. This means it can be displayed beautifully, but it can also fit into a standard size envelope.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

I followed instructions and measurements by Amanda Bates – you can see her post here.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The theme for this card started with wanting to have the cute little Christmas trees from the Home Together Dies on the front panel. I used the ink swiping technique to create the coloured cardstock for these. Using the edge of your inkpad, swipe the whole pad (at an angle) across a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I layered Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz to get some contrast in green. I used the same technique for the cardstock on the front of the card base.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The Trimming the Town DSP coordinated beautifully with my trees so I’ve used it on the back panel of the card. The front panel is Whisper White with embossing from the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The finishing touches were Gold Glitter Enamel Dots and a Christmas sentiment from the Peace & Joy stamp set.

You can see the card above all folded up and ready to go in the envelope. It’s the perfect level of fancy, fun and practical for Christmas cards you need to post this festive season.

If you need any more supplies for you stamping stash, my online store is open 24-7 and delivery starts at a very low $5.95 direct to your door. Click here to start adding to your shopping cart.

Happy shopping and stamping!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Ornamental Envelopes | Christmas Wishes

I must confess, I’m not much for extra detail decoration when I’m making cards. I don’t often stamp the inside of cards and I almost never decorate the envelope. But, I do love it when I see both of those things and give myself a crafting high five when I do it myself!

So when I saw the Ornamental Envelopes bundle in the catalogue, with beautifully detailed stamps and fabulous dies for making envelopes pretty, it was a good way to up my game on those extra touches!

There’s envelope liners to match a range of different envelope sizes, which makes it perfect for all the cards you want to make this festive season. It’s tried and tested for Australian (and European) A4 sizing. I’ve used the standard C6 size envelope.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

As well as lining the envelope with pretty DSP – I’ve used Snowflake Splendor DSP – you can also use the dies to create cute features such as the peekaboo feature on the flap of this envelope.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

The card for this project coordinates with the envelope – using the same DSP (Snowflake Splendor). I’ve stamped directly on the DSP in Gorgeous Grape, using the Stamparatus so I could get a great bold inking with 2 or 3 layers of ink.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

Ornamental Envelopes doesn’t contain any greetings – it’s designed to match with the stamp sets you already have. I’ve used ‘Christmas Wishes’ from the Banner Year stamp set – and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

The final touch for this card was Basic Pearl Jewels on the baubles. I love the subtle shimmer of these pearls and the elegance they bring to a project!

You’ll find all the products needed to make this card in my online store. Click here to visit. Snowflake Splendor DSP is on sale for 15% off during October 2020 (so, only a few more days!).

Where do you fit on the ‘extra mile’ scale? Just the card with no extra stamping on the inside or envelope? The whole hog with envelope liners, envelope stamping and inside stamping? Or somewhere in between?

Or are you like me and it really depends on the card, the day and the amount of time you have??? Take me to the world with endless time and plentiful crafty supplies to play with!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | A Merry Hello

A very merry hello to you! How’s your Christmas preparation going? With the current pandemic causing significant delays within the postal system, I’m thinking November is going to be the month to get Christmas cards in the mail. Otherwise, they might be a merry happy new year!!!

Luckily, the theme this term for Social Stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe is Christmas. 8 wonderful opportunities to make Christmas card to send to your favourites this festive season. We started last week and almost had a full house!!!

I’ve already shared one of the cards from last week in my Stamp Review Crew post on Monday. You can see it by clicking here.

The second card was inspired from the catalogue. I often use the catalogue to inspire layouts, colours or designs. It’s not just a book of products to buy, it’s a great resource for ways to use your new & previous purchases.

With a change in colour theme and using the Heartwarming Hugs DSP, this is what we made…

Heartwarming Hugs DSP is on special all month and is perfect for all the Christmas crafting you’ll want to do in November.

You’ll find the A Merry Hello stamp set in the Stampin’ Rewards section at the back of the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue. It’s specially priced and an exclusive set you can only purchase with Stampin’ Rewards. Rewards are earned on every order over $250. Click here to start shopping on my online store.

The next Social Stamping class is tomorrow and we’d love to have you join us.

DSP | Add to Cart in October

All through October 2020, Stampin’ Up! are offering a 15% discount on selected DSP patterns. You can see them all in my online store. Here’s a snapshot from the store, click to browse online.

I have many favourites, but one that has particularly caught my fancy this year is the Whale of a Time DSP from the Annual Catalogue. It’s part of a suite and has a range of coordinating products including a stamp and punch bundle called Whale Done.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The DSP is filled with beautiful marine life including seahorses, turtles, crabs, jellyfish and more.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The punch coordinates with the paper and punches out the whales. I love it when I can add a perfectly coloured image from the DSP to my card!

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The other DSP I’ve been really getting a lot of use from is the In Good Taste pack. It’s a large pack, with 2 sheets of 12 different designs – which are all double sided, so you get 24 different photographic textile patterns. I’ve kept half the sheets as 12×12″ size and I’m using them as backgrounds when I take photos of my cards. Here’s a snapshot of some of them in action from my Pinterest.

Whale Done is just $17 until the end of October and In Good Taste is only $31.45. Shop online and have it delivered to your door. And then create pretty cards with pretty paper until your heart is content. I can’t think of a better way to craft than with DSP!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com