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

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kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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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!)

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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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World Cardmaking Day 2017

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I have been invited to hop with a totally amazing group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world to celebrate World Card Making Day – what an honour!

This is a hop you’ll want to run through from start to finish!!!

If you’re already hopping, then you will have just come from the delightful & talented Amy Koenders in the US.

Currently you’re visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Australia.

And next up is our very own South Pacific Artisan Design Team Member – Paula Dobson from New Zealand.

Click on the next button at the end of this post to hop on over to Paula’s blog.


It was a totally free slate for this blog hop – which means we’re going to see some amazing projects.

I took this opportunity to think about what card making means to me – which has led me to share 3 different projects with you that each focus on what card making brings to my life.

The first project is about my team.  When I first joined Stampin’ Up! I could have never predicted that I would surround myself with strong, talented women with many things in common – but bonded by a love of paper, stamps & ink!

During the week, I sent out this card to each member of my team.

I wanted to reach out to them with personalised messages of thanks for their support and congratulations on their successes during the year.

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

These cards were made using my favourite elements of card making – beautiful DSP, white embossing, vellum, and a spray of flowers.

With one of my new favourite stamp sets – Hello Friend!  The floral wreath is simply stunning!

And how perfect is the sentiment from Labels to Love for cards that celebrate the end of the Stampin’ Up! year!!!  The Holiday Catalogue is not just about Christmas!

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

I also included a gift for everyone – a charm with their initial & a paper aeroplane (our Paper Adventures team motif).

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent

It could have many uses but I think it’d make a cute scissors charm or key chain decoration.

This is how I attached it to the middle of the card – with the Circle Tab Punch

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent


The next project was made during a class and represents my customers.

I am fortunate to spend time every month with a group of ladies who all love card making.

Each class is full of laughter, stories and friendship – and is a highlight of my month!

This is an eclipse card we made last month using the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

You’ll never guess the colours for the sunflowers…

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

Crushed Curry (that one was probably easy enough) and Peekaboo Peach (I have no idea what possessed me to pick that ink but it totally works!).

We stamped the fern in Sahara Sand and leaf in Old Olive at random points between the flowers.

This is another style of card that looks impressive but is oh-so-simple when you know how!


The final project for my post today reminds me of the both the friendships I’ve made because of this wonderful hobby and the power of sending a card.

I’ve sent cards around the world, across Australia and across my own town.

They’ve been sent for all kinds of reasons – because it doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday to send a card! #makeacardsendacard

A friend and I affectionately refer to handmade cards as ‘happy mail’ because there’s nothing nicer than checking the letterbox and finding something made & sent just for you!

This card travelled to the US last month to celebrate Holly Stene welcoming a beautiful baby girl into her famiy.

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

I love all the texture in this card!!!

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

It also includes some of more of my favorites – Sweet Sugarplum, gorgeous ribbon & trim and lots of layers!

Who are we kidding – most of the Stampin’ Up! range counts among my favourites!!!


That is all from me today!  I hope your Saturday 7th October 2017 contains some stamping happiness – whether it is making a card, sending a card or spending time with crafty friends!

I hope you enjoyed scanning through the pretty pictures.  That’s my style of blog visiting, so bonus points if you read the text too!

Please keep hopping to see the marvellous projects from the rest of the designers on this hop.

From here, click on next to visit Paula Dobson in NZ!

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Happy September Birthday Paper Adventurers!

It’s birthday time again – can you believe of 365 days of the year, two of our team share the same birthday!!!

Happy Birthday to Kerry & Anne who will both be celebrating this weekend.

I’m still loving using our beautiful DSP to make necklaces – and then of course coordinating cards.

Both cards are a tri fold with a belly band.

I cut the cardstock at 5-7/8″ longways and then scored at 4″ & 8-1/2, with the remaining portion making up the front flap.

For Kerry, I went soft & subtle and used the A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP…

A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP | kelly kent

For Anne, I chose the warm colours of the Painted Harvest DSP…

Painted Harvest DSP | kelly kent

If you’d like to make your own necklaces, this wonderful supplier was recommended by a SU! friend. (Eeek – last time I checked the site was down for maintenance.  Hopefully it’ll be open for your orders again soon!).

There’s a great special on DSP due to start in October.  So, if you’ve enjoyed some of the patterns from your paper stack, October will be a great time to add some full packs to your collection.

Have a great weekend ladies!  May there be many moments of celebration and lots of happy memories made!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Make your own….

Stamp Review Crew – Crafting Forever

Hello!  And welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew blog hop for September.  We (a fabulous group of international demonstrators) hop twice a month – all using the same stamp set.

If you’re already hopping, then you’ve visited the gorgeous Linda Callahan.  Next stop after me is over to Mike Funke who always makes great use of the stamp set!

Today, we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Crafting Forever stamp set.

This set doubles as the Angel Policy copyright set available in the Annual Catalogue.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! encourages you to sell your handcrafted projects to family/friends, at markets and online?  All they ask is that you follow their Angel Policy and use a copyright stamp on your project.  The policy applies to both demonstrators and customers selling their creations made using Stampin’ Up! products.

Most of the time, this goes on the back of your card along with your contact information…

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

 

You can find more information about Stampin’ Up!’s Angel Policy here.


Now to the projects!

I haven’t made anything using shrink plastic in a while, so for my projects today, I’ve made some little scissor charms and added them to my creations.

These are super easy to make!  Simply stamp the scissor stamp on white shrink plastic (get this online or at your local craft store) in Basic Black Archival Ink.  Allow to dry (or not – but it’ll smudge….. I was a little impatient and you can see some of the smudging!).

Once dry, colour the image using Sharpies (or any other alcohol based markers you own).  Cut around the shape with your snips and if you want to be able to attach it, punch a hole in the corner.

Then place the pieces between two pieces of vellum on a baking tray into a pre-heated 150 degrees Celsius oven (check the instructions on the brand of shrink plastic you buy, but this worked for me) for a couple of minutes.

Voila!  You end up with cute little scissor charms.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

You can also make decorative labels by stamping the sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink and cutting with one of our punches (I used the Pretty Label Punch).

Once I had my charms made, it was time to add them to a pretty project!

The first one I had in mind was scissor charms!  Depending on who you hang out with, you might know a few stamping buddies that have scissors very similar to yours!

Add personalised charm to your scissors so you’ll know which ones to claim as yours – in the most stylish way possible!

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I also added some of my favourite ribbons & trim to add some colour.  Apart from the pretty factor, I had an ulterior motive – my craft desk is black and I always seem to lose my scissors!!!  This will brighten them up and hopefully they’ll jump out at me when I’m looking.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent


The next project was, of course, a card – complete with one of my most favourite new DSP patterns!  This gorgeous green mix is from the Painted Autumn DSP that has just been released in the new Holiday Catalogue.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I love a good banner, ribbon & DSP card, and the scissor charm worked well with the design.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I wouldn’t have picked it at the start of the Annual Catalogue earlier this year, but Tranquil Tide is fast becoming a favourite of mine!!!

I was actually disappointed that I didn’t have any Tranquil Tide ribbon in my stash!  I’ll be fixing that little issue on my next order!

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

If you’ve never tried your Stampin’ Up! stamps with shrink plastic, then buy some soon and have a go!  It’s fun and give extra possibilities (smaller but awesome) to all the stamps you own!


To keep looking at wonderful creations with this stamp set, hop over to Mike Funke and see his fantastic creativity….

Thanks for joining us,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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