Stamp Review Crew | SAB Bonus Hop

There’s nothing quite as fun as a bonus anything!!!

This is a fun bonus because we’re blogging about…. {BONUS PRODUCTS!}

That’s right, a whole blog hop by the gorgeous Stamp Review Crew sharing what they love about the Sale-A-Bration choices for 2018!

And there’s lots of lovely choice (click to enlarge)….

*** Sale-A-Bration rewards in Australian dollars (check with your local demonstrator for spend requirements in your region).


Today I’m sharing with you the oh-so-lovely Memories & More cards that you can choose for absolutely nothing with a $90 order.

These pretty floral designs coordinate with the Sweet Soiree range in the Occasions catalogue.  You get 72 double sided cards (52 small and 20 large).

,As always, you can use these cards to make scrapbook pages, pocket style memory keeping and use them as embellishments/DSP on a card.

But I started thinking, what else could these tiny pretties do?

They could easily be used for love notes in lunchboxes, writing a fancy shopping list or slipped into a clear phone cover for an interchangeable pattern!

You could also make a pretty bookmark….

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Soiree Memory & More Cards | kelly kent

How apt is ‘love this story’ that I chopped from two of the cards and stuck to one of my favourite designs (chopped to 2″ wide and punched using the Scalloped Tag Topper).

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Soiree Memory & More Cards | kelly kent


Next up I used the little cards – chopped in half – to made a banner for Miss Papercraft.

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Soiree Memory & More Cards | kelly kent

She starts Kindy next week and isn’t all that keen on learning the letters in her name.  So I designed this as a game that she could put the letters in order and then thread them on the ribbon string.

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Soiree Memory & More Cards | kelly kent

I work in Child Development, so snuck in the fine motor threading skill as well as the letter recognition!!!  She’ll never know we’re working – because it’s so pretty!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Soiree Memory & More Cards | kelly kent


The last project I’m sharing was inspired by the gorgeous Jackie Aitken.  She sent me a card last year with my address on a Memories & More card – stuck to the front of the envelope.  Jackie has a series of blog posts showcasing how she made 44 cards with the Sweet Soiree Memories & More card pack.  Click here to visit the first post in the series.

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Soiree Memory & More Cards | kelly kent

The extra detail on the envelope made me smile and I’ve haven’t forgotten it!  I know she won’t mind me sharing it with you.


You can see how easy it is to use these pretty cards and how many ways you can use them in your crafty projects.

For more wonderful crafting projects using Sale-A-Bration items, please keep hopping and visit my very wonderful, and always inspiring friend Lou Kitzelman

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Wizard Magic

Earlier in the month one of our Paper Adventures team celebrated her birthday.  But I didn’t see her til last week, so had to hold off sharing her card & present until she had received it!

Coriana, the birthday girl, is a Harry Potter fanatic.  Joanne from our team made Coriana a fabulous Harry Potter inspired card – see it here.

I went down the Myths & Magic path and made Coriana a flip flop card (one of my favourite layouts to show pretty DSP).

This DSP is called Myths & Magic.  It’s a specialty design with silver foiling on one side of each page – just magic!

Magical Birthday | kelly kent

I used the DSP on the back layer, at the left side and fussy cut the mystical beings from one of the pages, sticking them at various points of my card.

The left and right sides of the card move.  Here’s a picture with the left side open…

Magical Birthday | kelly kent

And at full spread.  I like that you write your message on the inside layers of the card.  It’s like a card on a card!

Magical Birthday | kelly kent

Every birthday girl needs a gift – and every gift deserves pretty packaging!!

This is a sweet & simple lip balm holder.  See the tutorial from Pootles here.

Magical Birthday | kelly kent

Again, the fussy cut DSP adds a great finishing touch!

Magical Birthday | kelly kent

Happy birthday {MONTH} Coriana!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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ESAD Blog Hop | Occasions & SAB

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Hello Sunday!  We’re about half way through the school holidays here and loving life!  How is your January going?

Today you’re joining us for the ESAD 2018 Occasions Catalogue Blog Hop.

ESAD is a Facebook group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand.  We share ideas, support each other and a couple of times a year some of the group unite for a blog hop.  You can see all the info about ESAD at the end of this post.


Each of the 23 participants on this hop will be sharing with you some of what they’ve been making with products they’ve bought from the new Occasions catalogue.

This month, thanks to her new catalogue purchases, Anne from my Paper Addventures team promoted to Bronze Elite!  Since joining, Anne has found a delightful balance of adding to her stash and sharing what she loves with others.

Anne’s achievements meant an opportunity for me to get creative with one of my new stamp sets that I knew was going to be amazing for team gifts & recognition as soon as I saw it!

It’s called Yay You and is full of encouraging and uplifting sayings!

This stamp set is hiding away in the host section of the Occasions catalogue – page 54.  Exclusive host stamp sets are only available to purchase using Stampin’ Rewards.  You can earn these on any order over $250 (your own order or combined totals at a workshop).

There’s a great special running during Sale-A-Bration where orders of $400 or more receive an extra $40 of rewards.  It’s a fantastic time to get your family & friends together for a craft session hosted by me and take advantage of all those rewards to be earned.

Enough chat… let me show you what I made for Anne….

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

I combined the Yay You stamp set with the pretty Painted with Love DSP.

Although part of the “Valentine’s” offering in the Occasions catalogue, those shades of pink & gold are perfect for any occasion.

I’ve used Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Berry Burst & Rich Razzleberry – left to right across the banner.  And then the fun triangle string in Fresh Fig.

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

The DSP has beautiful gold elements, but this was a celebration of Anne’s {BRONZE} achievement so I mixed the metallics and added copper trim & copper embossing to the card.

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

I also created a cute little gift bag for Anne’s gift.  Which was some Stampin’ Up! product and a personalised ruler for her emerging business identity.Personalised Ruler | kelly kent

The bag, made using two ‘fronts’ from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit, has the same elements as the card – because I love a coordinating set!

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

Those banners – so pretty!

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

Anne joined last Sale-A-Bration and hasn’t looked back since!

New Stampin’ Up! family members are always welcome – join the fun!


Thanks for joining me as part of this blog hop.

Next up you’re heading to the gorgeous & talented Kim Oliver.

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If you see anything you like while hopping today, visit the Stampin’ Up! online store to purchase your favourite products.  We have our own Australian warehouse, so items are shipped directly to you at low shipping costs starting at from $5.95.

Shopping in pyjamas is encouraged – as that is truly the most creative outfit on this planet!

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All that is pretty is pink….

If you get lost anywhere along the way (we try hard, but broken links sometimes happen), the full list is here…

Blog Hop Participant List

  1. Cheryl Algie
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Lou Kitzelman
  6. Carly Middleton
  7. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  8. Kim Oliver
  9. Ellen Woodbridge
  10. Fi Cobbin
  11. Megan Lenske
  12. Barbara Williams
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Maree McIntosh
  15. Delys Cram
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Monique Fielder
  18. Cathy Pinchbeck
  19. Courtenay Heuston
  20. Leonie Schroder
  21. Libby Dyson
  22. Rachael Lewsley
  23. Jessie Holton

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Easel Calendar Instructions

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this Easel Calendar as part of my Stamp Review Crew project using Painted Harvest.  You can find the original post here.

It got such an amazing response – I am so humbled by your lovely comments.

Many people asked me for a tutorial.  I hadn’t planned on writing a tutorial, but here’s the measurements and some basic instructions on how I put it together.

Note: All measurements are design for Australian/European A4 cardstock.  If you are in the US, some adjustments may be required.

STEP 1

Make a normal card base by cutting an A4 sheet of cardstock lengthways and scoring at half way (cut at 4-1/8″ lengthways, score at 5-7/8″ across).

STEP 2

Make the easel fold component by cutting a piece of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 3-1/2″ and scoring across the short edge at 1/2″, 1-3/4″, 3″.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 3

Attach the easel component to the bottom of the card base with a strong adhesive – making it into a triangle with a foldable base.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 4

Make a pocket for the front of the card by cutting a piece of cardstock 6-1/8″ x  x 4-1/8″.

Score at 1/2″ & 1″ from both short edges and one long edge.  Cut the bottom score lines into the pattern below…

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 5

Fold the edges up to create a box shape (that doesn’t have a back).

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 6

Apply strong adhesive and attach it to your easel.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 7

Finished!  Decorate using whatever design you’d like to look at for the next 12 months!

The cardstock on the front is 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ for the bottom layer and 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ for the top layer.  Adhere them together and slide into place (they sit inside the pocket).

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

The pocket can hold whatever you need – pen & post-its, note paper, emergency chocolate!

The note paper I used came from a large paper cube from Kmart.

The calendars are from Craftie Cafe mounted on a piece of DSP measuring 3-7/8″ x 2-7/8″.

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Celebrating Silver Success!

I love celebrating with my team – any reason, any time!!!

I love that we are strong women, making a difference and having fun doing it!

Our team has really grown in size over the past 18 months – which is so exciting!

Stamping is different things to different people.  Some are personal buyers – taking advantage of being able to buy all their favourites at a discount, some are breaking even on their crafting habit – which means they have a hobby they love without the cost, and some are making it into a business – and using it to pay some bills or buy some luxuries.

No matter what point everyone is at, we all have one thing in common – our love of Stampin’ Up! and a wonderful sense of friendship in belonging to a group of people who share our passion.

Mandy joined our Paper Adventures team during Sale-a-Bration in January this year and hasn’t looked back.  She’s grown her own supplies, built a customer base and recently added a lovely new stamper to her team.

With all this success has come a promotion to Silver – I’m so happy for her!!!

Celebrations in my world means gifts.  A silver title is a good opportunity to try out one of the products we have to look forward to in the Occasions catalogue – Silver Embossing paste!!!

Petal Palette | kelly kent

The silver embossing paste started the background for Mandy’s card.

I added in Smoky Slate to coordinate with the silver.  It contrasts beautifully with her favourite colour – Night of Navy.

Petal Palette | kelly kent

Did you spy another sneak peek?  The gorgeous floral stamp set will also be in the new catalogue.  It’s called Petal Palette and it’s stunning!!!

Petal Palette | kelly kent

The flowers aren’t hard to colour – I just swished an Aqua Painter over the ink already stamped on the flowers and filled in the white space!  They have a splash of Wink of Stella too, but that wasn’t playing nice with the photography!!

I also wanted to make a keepsake gift for Mandy’s stamping space, so I added Stampin’ Up!’s catchphrase which so aptly sums up what we do to a candle holder.

Love it, live it, share it | kelly kent

A mix of silver & gold (there’s always something to aim for!) and a sweet smelling candle to add inspiration while she’s crafting.

Love it, live it, share it | kelly kent

A big congrats to Mandy and all her achievements this year.  I can’t wait to see what next year holds for her!

Petal Palette & gift | kelly kent

If you Love it, Live it or want to Share it, we’d love to have you on our Paper Adventures team.

Click here for more information about joining.

Ready to jump on board?  Click here to join the fun!!!

Or leave me a comment to get more information about what being part of our Paper Adventures team and the Stampin’ Up! family is like.

We welcome any Australian crafter to our mix!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

OnStage 2017 Swaps

Today is the day!!!  We’re up early and ready to spend the day immersed in all things Stampin’ Up!

One of the highlights of OnStage for many demos is participating in swaps.

Generally, you make multiples of the same design and “swap” these with other demonstrators – building a supply of fresh ideas & inspiration.

Each event, I try to make something interesting – which often ends up being a 3D item.

This time around, I took a ‘shine’ to the You’re Priceless stamp set which set me on the path of diamonds.

So, my OnStage 2017 Melbourne swaps is a lollipop packaged in a diamond sleeve with a stained glass diamond on the front.

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

These would make great party favours for a princess party, gifts of encouragement for your team or a cute just because gift to brighten someone’s day!

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

The diamond shape is created using the Window Box Thinlit.  Instead of making it into a box, I put a folded piece of cardstock and cut the hexagon shape.  I then snipped off the bottom corners and created the pretty pattern on the front using the die from the Window Box set.  The design already has tabs, so it was easy to make a pouch for the lollipop to sit in.

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

As I’m typing this, I’m thinking it needs more photos, so I’ll add a quick photo tutorial or video when I get home!

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

The stained glass diamonds are made by cutting the diamond shapes from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits in Champagne Foil and pouring a mix of silver glitter & Fine Tip Glue over the top.

I laid them out on a freezer sheet (because I had many – the silicone craft mat available from Stampin’ Up! also works well).  You can add the glue & then sprinkle with glitter, but I just poured the glitter into the Fine Tip Glue bottle and shook well.

Stained Glass Diamonds | kelly kent

Once they were dry, I cut away the extra glue from around the diamond and adhered them to my lollipop project.

The stained glass technique adds a great bling factor a project!

How cute do they all look ready to give out today!

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see the amazing projects my fellow demonstrators share with me today.

And then after we swap, it’s the main event!  A whole day of new products!!!

Think you might want to be a part of the fun at a future Stampin’ Up! event?  Join my Paper Adventures team and you can!  I’m secretly hoping the April 2018 event will be in Perth – we’ll know soon!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

OnStage 2017 Team Presents

Well, it’s here!!  And we are here!  Myself and 6 of my Paper Adventures team are in Melbourne for a weekend filled with fun, stamping and great friendships.

Today we enjoyed a marvellous brunch and saw the sights of Melbourne.

At brunch we shared team swaps.  I know some of my team will blog their own creations, so I’ll leave that to them and just share what I gave out.

This weekend is going to be such a special memory, so I have created a little memory box using the Mini Pizza Boxes.

OnStage 2017 Memory Box | kelly kentI thought it would be a great way to help them remember their OnStage experience.  Thanks to iPhones, it’ll  be easy to get some happy snaps while we are away.

OnStage 2017 Memory Box | kelly kent

And then an accordion fold in the middle ready for photos!  The paper aeroplane is our team motif, so I have kept this cute stamp from a retired set for team projects!

OnStage 2017 Memory Box | kelly kent

I am so grateful for my team joining me in Melbourne (no mean feat to traverse the continent for a one day event), so I wanted to make them some gifts to commemorate our time together.

Nanna Papercraft is always on board with my crazy ideas and happily helped me to embroider these beautiful scarves with …. our aeroplane!  Thanks Mum!

OnStage 2017 Team Scarf | kelly kent

 

I thought a scarf was particularly fitting given Melbourne’s reputation for 4 seasons in one day!  Hopefully we catch some nicer weather than they had earlier in the week for Melbourne Cup!

OnStage 2017 Team Scarf | kelly kent

The scarf is protecting another gift – personalised water bottles!

I’ve been using my Cameo lots lately to add adhesive vinyl to glass & plastic items as gifts.  Several of my team were commenting how much they’d like something made for them…. little did they know what I was scheming!!

OnStage 2017 Personalised Water Bottles | kelly kent

There’s one for me too – I didn’t want to miss out!!!

OnStage 2017 Personalised Water Bottles | kelly kent

A big thank you to my team for making this weekend so special!

If you see us at the event, please say hi!  It’s going to be a great day!!!

I’m off now to the CentreStage event to see more of my demo friends, have a lovely dinner and get a sneak peek at the new catalogue.

There’s no sharing til next week though – my lips are sealed!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Hello Friend Pizza Box Set

I’m not sure if we’ll find out at OnStage this weekend what is carrying over from the Holiday Catalogue, but I’m very hopeful we’ll see the Mini Pizza Boxes for many catalogue cycles to come.

I’m a sucker for mini anything!!!

I shared a Christmas set of mini cards packaged in a pizza box as part of my CASEing the Catty project featuring our favourite Big Shot product.  You can see my sewing inspired card set here.

The set I am sharing today was a class project class month.  It’s pretty & sweet and features the Hello Friend stamp set.

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

The boxes were colouring using a mix of Isocol (rubbing alcohol) and reinker.  I chose Sweet Sugarplum, but we had a range of different colours at the class.  Blushing Bride looked lovely too!

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

The top of the pizza box was the 4 cards were decorated using the stamps from Hello Friend.

The wreath stamp looks great when stamped as a wreath, or also lovely when stamped as a border around the edge of the cardstock (like on the front of the pizza box).

Here’s a close up of the 4 cards…

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

We stuck to the same 3 colours for each card – Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry & Tranquil Tide, but also added in some other products like a circle punch, flowers from Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits and butterflies from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Bold Butterfly Framelits.

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

You’ll also spot some Champagne Foil!  I love it!

The cards are 3″ x 3″ when finished, so we used 12″x12″ cardstock to cut from.  This gives 8 cards per sheet – or uses half a sheet for a card set like this.

Stampin’ Up! included square envelopes in the Holiday Catalogue which are the perfect size for 3″ cards and fit inside the pizza box, making this a wonderful gift at any time of the year.

I really, really, really hope they stay!  It’s been so much fun using them.

I’ll have another project to show using the Pizza Boxes soon.  I can’t show you now – it’s a top secret OnStage creation (4 more sleeps!)

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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Spooky Night & Painted Autumn

Hello Sunday!

The fourth Sunday in fact, which is when I get together with my Stamping Sunday friends.

You can find the whole list of participants by clicking on the cute little blue frog!!  You’ll find a direct link to Yvonne’s blog at the end of the post to keep hopping.



Today it’s all about one of my favourite subjects – Designer Series Paper, or “DSP”.

Sara has asked us to create using either the Painted Autumn DSP or Spooky Night DSP.  But…. it can’t be a fall (autumn) or Halloween project!

I love a challenge to make “something” into “something else”.

Although I love all DSP, and usually buy every pack, I skipped on Spooky Night this catalogue.  Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia and I still have some similar colours left from last year!

I do however, absolutely {LOVE} the Painted Autumn DSP and took the 3-for-1 DSP deal on at the moment as the opportunity to stock on this beautiful design.

With a fresh pack of pretty paper in hand, I wanted to try a card on my stamping list – a Gift Box in a Card design.

Following this fabulous tutorial by Rachel Tessman, I made my own version using the Painted Autumn DSP and Big on Birthdays stamp set.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The card base is the same size as any regular card, but then you make a cute little box using the DSP and a lid using cardstock and place it into a 2″ square cut into the card base.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

It sits across the card like this…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The idea of the box is to hold a little gift.  So, I used the DSP to make a necklace to slide into the gift box.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Here’s another view (lots of photos in this post!)…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I always love a coordinating card & gift option and this style of card takes it to the next level!!!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I can see many of this style of card in my stamping future!

It doesn’t fit in an envelope – but that just makes it the perfect gift for a colleague’s desk or on a placemat for a birthday dinner!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

My next project takes us from deluxe to a great card, with limited supplies…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The DSP is so stunning with beautiful patterns.  You can use them as a background – like the arrow stripes (my favourite in the pack!!!) or by fussy cutting the patterns for a centrepiece – like the sunflowers.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Add some ribbons and a favourite sentiment and your stunning card is done in a flash!

The sentiment is from the Just Add Text stamp set.  Find it on page 167 of the Annual Catalogue.  Filled with great fonts & beautiful words, it’s great for all those friendship, gratitude & all occasions cards.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Speaking of wonderful things, it has been lovely to hop with the Stamping Sunday design team again.

To keep going, hop on to Yvonne’s blog and see her gorgeous projects!

To see everyone from the Stamping Sunday design team who’s hopping today, click on the blue frog for a full list.


Thanks for hopping with us!  It’s always lovely to be able to share our projects with you.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Another Bronze Adventure!

The Paper Adventures team continues to soar to great heights.

The latest Adventurer to earn a promotion was Siobhan, now enjoying a 25% discount with her Bronze Elite status!

This is the bronze inspired card I made for Siobhan…

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Love the Foil Snowflake?  This one is heat embossed with Copper embossing powder!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

It looks scary, but it’s so easy to do!  Sponge your Versamark pad directly onto the snowflake, coat in embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.  If you missed any spots, you can go back with some more Versamark & powder and heat again.

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

The copper embossing looks great against the new Champagne foil!


Don’t tell my stamps, but I’ve been spending a bit of time lately with a different hobby – vinyl lettering.

It feels like everything that could be vinyled, has been!  Like any fun new hobby, it’s addictive.

I love being able to make custom creations that coordinate with the cards I made.

The bronze theme continued for an awesome mug for Siobhan.

We share a love of good quality teas!  And also a tendency to stay up too late stamping.

So, a vessel for some ‘late night stamping potion’ seems appropriate!

Vinyl | kelly kent

And then scissors on the back to keep with the craft theme…

Vinyl | kelly kent

Endless possibilities!!!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Nothing quite as special as a custom gift – which is why being a papercrafter brings me so much joy.  I love presents, but I love personalised presents more!

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