Blossoms in Bloom | CASEing myself

How quickly are these months rolling around??? The first week of March is almost done which means it’s time to get ready for some more birthdays. This year for my team birthday cards, the them is yellow. This was the first design (see the original blog post here) –

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

I’m still in love with the yellow, black and white combination, so I decided that rather than start with a new design, I would CASE (copy and selectively edit) the previous version. Using Daffodil Delight, True Love DSP and the Blossoms in Bloom bundle, this is the next version of the team birthday cards…

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The card base for this card is Basic Black with the card front being layered with True Love DSP, a scallop edge border from the Ornate Borders Dies and Basic White cardstock. The Many Layered Blossom Dies are the focal point of the card. The bottom layer is cut in Daffodil Delight and the top layer in Basic White. I used Adhesive Sheet on the white cardstock before cutting to help stick the layers together. I hate messing around with wet glue – it seeps everywhere. I love the clean finish of using Adhesive Sheets.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set – one of my absolute favourites for everyday sentiments.


When I make cards in a layout like this, I will almost always make a second in a different variation – change the colour, change the orientation. It’s a formula that works for me to create a bank of cards for my stash (and if you follow my blog or socials, you will have seen me do this often). The alternative to this card was a Rococo Rose “hello” version.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I’m going to miss this colour when it retires at the beginning of May, so I’m trying to use it as often as I can!

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The black & white with a pop of colour is a design combination that works with every colour, so you can sub in your favourite colour and create your down version of this card.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Happy birthday to all our March Paper Adventures team members. I hope you all have a wonderful birthday month – filled with lots of happy!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | brights

Hi there! Thanks for joining me and my Stampin’ friends for the first Social Stamping Blog Host of 2021. I started these hops in 2020 as a way to stay connected during the pandemic. I had no idea at the time we’d still be sharing projects as a group almost a year later! To see the full list of participants for today’s hop, click here to view the main blog host post.

The theme for today is the Brights Colour Collection. I think this is the happiest range of colours and projects made with these colours are fun and bold and interesting.

I’ve used the Brights DSP Stack – which is currently available in the Starter Kit for anyone who joins Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration. Sale-A-Bration finishes tomorrow (9pm WA time) so please message me this weekend on Facebook, Instagram, leave a comment here or send me an email if you need more information. Or, if you know how it works and you’re ready to join my Paper Adventures team, you can purchase your Starter Kit by clicking here. If it doesn’t find me automatically as your demonstrator, you can search for me using my name “Kelly Kent’ and location “Dalyellup’.

I made two cards for this hop so I could use all 10 colours in the Brights collection – Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape.

Brights | kelly kent

The first card uses Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight.

Brights | kelly kent

I cut the Detailed Hearts Die in Basic White cardstock and then again in the DSP so I could layer the hearts within the frame. So I didn’t waste any of the DSP, I cut 1.5″ strips of each colour and then cut out just the segments of hearts I needed.

I won’t lie, this card was time consuming – but it’s worth placing each of those little hearts into the space and filling it up with pretty colour.

Brights | kelly kent

The sentiment for both cards is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set – white heat embossed on black cardstock as I love the contrast of black, white and the pop of colour from the Brights.

The second card has been swirling around my mind for a while – I’ve had feathers on the brain! And the combination of Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape seemed like the perfect colour combination to make it come to life.

Brights | kelly kent

The feather die is from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies. The pretty scallop edge is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. And the die I’ve used for the hello there sentiment is from the Hippo & Friends Dies.

Brights | kelly kent

Next up on the blog hop for some more bright creations is my gorgeous team member Lisa Whitehead. Lisa took advantage of a joining special with Stampin’ Up! a couple of years ago and has just celebrated her 2 year Stampinversary.

If you’d like to get your hands of 5 packs (200 sheets!) of DSP just for buying a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit, then now is the time. This DSP will be available in the upcoming catalogue released in May 2021, so you’ll be among the first to have it in your stash. Click here to start adding items to the Starter Kit.

Thanks for hopping with us today. We look forward to sharing another colour collection again next month.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #543 | sketch

Hello! Thanks for stopping in for today’s Just Add Ink challenge. It’s a sketch theme – one that I know you’ll love! This would work for a card, scrapbook page or mixed media project. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

To enter the challenge, please visit the Just Add Ink blog and add your creation to the gallery. You can also see how the rest of the JAI design team used the sketch for inspiration.

I thought the layout of this sketch worked well to show off some of the patterns in the Whale of a Time DSP as a whole sheet – using the tiled effect to add texture.

For the turtle card, I rotated the sketch to go with the layout of the swimming turtles.

The sentiment is from the Seaside Notions stamp set, cut out with a Stitched Rectangle Die. I added in a fussy cut turtle from another sheet in the pack and finished it all off with white twine from the Snail Mail twine combo pack.

The second card uses more stamps from the Seaside notions stamp set – which coordinates beautifully with this DSP.

The seahorse was stamped in Versamark on Pretty Peacock cardstock and then heat embossed in white. And then fussy cut! I don’t mind fussy cutting, so I know some crafters that would like a die for everything!

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you have a marvellous weekend.

Social Stamping | Sunflowers

What a glorious morning! We had such a lovely time stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe. I shared one of the card options yesterday – A Cut Above male themed card. You can see it by clicking here.

The other card option was a sunflower creation using the Celebrate Sunflower stamp set and Sunflower Dies. This gorgeous bundle can be found in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. As each new mini gets released in the catalogue cycle, I find it’s so easy to forget about sets in the annual.

The colours for this card are Night of Navy, Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.

I experimented with adding some texture by ripping the DSP or cardstock. I love techniques like this that don’t require any special equipment.

I always try to offer two versions of a card for Social Stamping, or crafts are welcome to create their own! This is the alternative version in a different orientation.

The DSP is the Flowers for Every Season – it’s a lovely mix of patterns and florals that coordinate with a couple of sets in the annual catalogue, but generally works well for lots themes with the pretty colour combinations of the 2020-2022 In Colors (Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade and Magenta Madness).

Thanks to the lovely ladies who come out and support Social Stamping. It’s such a pleasure to design cards for these sessions. And a huge thank you to the Taste of Dalyellup cafe. The ladies love their coffee and I love treating myself after class with their yummy sushi!

There’s no Social Stamping next Monday due to the Public Holiday, but we’ll see you the week after for more stamping!

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!

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!

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

Paper Blooms DSP

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that the Paper Blooms DSP is in the top 3 of Sale-A-Bration products Stampin’ Up! customers have chosen so far for this promotion. I wonder how those choices will change in the last month of SAB. You have until the end of February to make sure you’ve got all your favourites.

My trio of cards today celebrates this gorgeous DSP – but not the main side (which I also love), I’ve used the reverse side! I couldn’t resist the the coordination of having two patterns in three different colours. This combination was perfect for the current Mojo Monday sketch.

These sketches are awesome. Julee always gives measurements which takes some of the brain work out of crafting. And if you saw my post the other day about crafting during school holidays, you’ll know this kind of help is making my day at the moment. So, with sketch and pretty paper at the ready, these cards came together in no matter at all.

Two of the three colours I’ve used will retire at the beginning of May so I’m making sure to use the outgoing 2019-2021 In Colors as much as possible. The soon to be retiring colours are Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray & Terracotta Tile.

ROCOCO ROSE

SEASIDE SPRAY

SOFT SEA FOAM

As well as the Paper Blooms DSP, other products you can see:

  • Painted Texture Embossing Folder
  • Floating & Fluttering bundle
  • Blossoms in Bloom stamp set
  • Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Stitched Shapes Dies

And just like that I have three more cards in my collection! Making cards in multiples is an easy way to build your stash. Use a stamp set with different sentiment options and a cute font, like Blossoms in Bloom or pick a favourite and stamp them all the same!

There’s one more month of Sale-A-Bration, plenty of time to earn the Paper Blooms DSP for {FREE} when you order $90 of your favourite Stampin’ Up! products. Click here to go shopping in my online store.

Just Add Ink #539 | Choose Two

After a fabulous blog hop earlier in the month, we are back to the regular cycle of Just Add Ink challenges. Today’s “Choose Two” challenge, selected by Di, gives you frames, banners and bow to choose from. Honestly, I could have crafted with all three of these!!!

I made two cards for this theme, with very similar layouts. As soon as I started thinking about this Choose Two challenge, it all came together quite easily. I’ve used the Stitched Rectangle Dies frame as a border for my card and added Banner Pick a Punch banners to the top left corner. I love both of these elements and it’s a layout I regularly pull out. I had to stop myself from adding a bow to the banner!!!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

This was my first play with the Kangaroo & Company stamp set and the coordinating Kangaroo Dies. Can I just say – I’m in love! The kangaroo stamps so beautifully and is so easy to colour. The extra pieces are the perfect size and provide great accessories for the sweet kangaroo. And everything you can stamp can be cut out with the Kangaroo Dies!

HELLO BABY

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

This card has the baby kangaroo in the Mumma’s pouch. When you die cut the big kangaroo, it cuts across the top of the pouch so you can slide the builder pieces in there. So cool!!! You can also add a message to the tag that slides in and out but I’ve left it plain and just have the novelty of the baby jumping out for some fun!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The DSP for these creations is the Hydrangea Hill DSP. It’s so pretty! It helps that the colours are some of my favourites to craft with! The hello baby card has tones of Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride, with a Crumb Cake coloured kanga. The sentiment was cut using a heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.

JUST HOPPING BY

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The second card uses more of the Hydrangea Hill DSP – this time in blue & purple tones with a Smoky Slate kangaroo.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The pouch is covered by the pretty floral bouquet coloured in Highland Heather, Seaside Spray and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment on this card was cut using a starburst style circle die from the Tasteful Label Dies.


Do you have a favourite layout that you love to return to? Sometimes a good layout is all you need to start that creative process and get you on the way to a gorgeous card!

To see more of the design team’s projects for this challenge, jump on over to the Just Add Ink blog. You can also join the challenge there and share your “Choose Two” project on our gallery.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com