Stamp Review Crew | Beauty Abounds

Hello to the new week!  I know it’s going to be a good one when it starts with a Stamp Review Crew hop!  It’s always a pleasure to join my international demonstrator friends and share projects with you inspired by the same stamp set.  See the full line up of demonstrators on the Stamp Review Crew blog by clicking here.

This week we’re showcasing the Beauty Abounds stamp set and coordinating dies.  I actually didn’t buy this stamp set originally – just the dies.  But then I had stamp envy after seeing so many gorgeous samples and just had to have it!!!

While shopping at Smiggle with the girls last week (a cutesy stationary shop that’s very popular with my kids), I picked out some little lip balms to put in our present box.  We like giving gifts, so I’ve always got a selection of sweet little things for the girls to give their friends.  Smiggle always has something great to add!

Smiggle Unicorn Lip Balm

Although cute on their own, I thought they’d be even cuter if I added some Stampin’ Up! love to them.

In the past I’ve put the lip balm together with a butterfly.  This project steps it up one more notch and I’ve added this element to a post-it note holder with a pen.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

You can find the instructions for the post it note holders by clicking here.  Thanks to Kristina Rees for a great tutorial.

The pack included several different colours of lip balms, so I made a few up, ready to have to hand when we need a present.

This version is Highland Heather & Gorgeous Grape with some little butterflies.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen | kelly kent

And Pool Party with Bermuda Bay.  While making this one, it occured to me that this stamp set would be fabulous to make your own DSP.  I hope someone has done that in the hop!

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

I attached the lip balm to the post it note holder with mini magnets so it could still be used.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

This stamp set is gorgeous and there’s so many ways to use it!  I love that it looks great in any colour and with those dots, isn’t limited to one theme or occasion.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

Keep hopping and visit Jay Soriano to see the amazing project he has shared using this stamp set.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great week!


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Colour INKspiration #52

Hi!  Thanks for joining us for the second Colour INKspiration challenge of the month.  We hop on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month and bring to you a fresh round of colours each hop.

Today is the start of challenge #52 which is minty, chocolately and oh-so-yummy.

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The first card I’m sharing today isn’t actually mine!  It’s the stunning card of our guest designer – the winner of Colour INKspiration #50 – Ronda McJimsey-Gibson.   Ronda’s card is totally amazing.  You know when you see a card and think ‘wow, I wish I’d thought of that’!  The colours are perfect for the Fable Friends bunny!!!

Colour INKspiration #52 | Ronda McJimsey-Gibson

Anyone can join us at Colour INKspiration – even if you don’t have a blog.  Share your project on Facebook using the challenge colour combination and you could be our next winner!  Click here to visit the Facebook group.


A friend lost a family member last week and I wanted to send a card to let her know I was thinking of her.

The Rooted In Nature bundle was my choice with the lovely green tones of the colour combination.Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The fold was inspired by one of my team – Mandy Depiazzi.  I attend Mandy’s class each month and she always comes up with such great ideas!

It’s called X fold and the front left panel tucks into the triangle pocket at the bottom right.

Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

It folds out to reveal a writing panel on the inside.

Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

I’ve used two embossing folders on this card – Layered Leaves for the white panels and Subtle for the Soft Sea Foam.

The front panel is 3-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ (3-1/4″ x 3″ for the mat).  I stamped the leaves in Soft Sea Foam and then the sentiment over the top in Granny Apple Green.

The card base is a piece of A4 card cut lengthways and then 3″ cut from the end of the card.  It’s scored at 5-7/8″ and folded over.

Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

It’s always fun to find a new fold.  I love this one and have plans to make more with all kinds of themes!!!  It would look lovely dressed up with some DSP.  Watch this space!


There’s lots more creative inspiration on this hop – just keep clicking on next!

From here, you’re visiting the gorgeous Nikki Spencer

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Stamp Review Crew | Geared Up Garage

It’s the third Monday of the month and I’m excited to be hopping with the Stamp Review Crew.

Our theme for today is Geared Up Garage – part of the Classic Garage suite.

This stamp set is available in the Occasions catalogue and is perfect for all your rev-head card needs.

Since it’s release, I’ve seen a few steampunk themed cards made with this bundle and that’s the direction I wanted to take for my project.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

If you’re not familiar with steampunk, it’s a genre of design inspired by symbolism of the industrial revolution of the 1800s and a romantic perspective of Victorian Era’s steam powered technology.

The cogs from the coordinating framelits to this stamp set are perfect for this theme!

The Smoky Slate mat for the card was stamped using the splotch image in full strength Smoky Slate ink and also stamped off to create some lighter images.  The nuts are stamped in Basic Gray.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

Once all the stamping was some, I crushed and crinkled the cardstock to give it more vintage & distressed look (this was fun!).  I smoothed it out and curled the corner using a bone folder.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The die cut images for the card were all cut in foil – gold for the clouds, champagne for the cogs and copper for the hot air balloon (with copper embossed balloon image).

The mat behind the Smoky Slate is silver foil embossed with the Subtle folder to add more texture.  And then behind that is DSP from the Classic Garage DSP Stack.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The card was finished with the ‘You’re a Classic’ sentiment which was perfect for this vintage style card.  This is on silver foil with StazOn Black ink.

There were definitely times during making this card that I felt a little out of my depth – vintage is not my usual style.  But I love how it all came together.

It’s always fun to see stamp set both in the light they were designed in but to also be taken on a journey of seeing that stamp set through the eyes of others.

Next up on the Stamp Review Crew hop is Lauren Alarid, one of the crazy talented Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team members for 2019.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Just Add Ink #446 | Photo Inspiration

I can’t wait to see what entries we get this week for Just Add Ink – the photo inspiration is just gorgeous!!!

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The colours and textures of this vibrant photo are sure to get the sparks of creativity flying!

The tiles on the wall reminded me of the Tin Tile Embossing Folder that carried over from the Holiday Catalogue.  If you’re ever curious which items from the Holiday Catalogue avoided the retirement list, you can see them all here in my online store.

I designed this card with my February classes in mind.  Each class I try to do one deluxe card – and after some Pinterest research, I came across this gorgeous fold by Barb Stamps (Barb Mullikin) called a Pull Out Side Pocket Card.  You can see Barb’s blog post & video by clicking here.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The card is standard size with a right entry pocket flap for a writing panel.  You could also use the flap for tucking away other things like a gift card or voucher!

Barb is in the US so I slightly adjusted the cardstock sizes to match the C6 size cards we use in Australia.  Card base is 7-3/8″ x 6-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″ on the long side and 1/2″ from each edge on the short side.

The mat on the front of the card and the cardstock for the pocket insert are both 3″ x 5-5/8″.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

Although I love the white wash tiles in the photo, I wanted to try adding Versamark to the embossing folder before I made the imprint on my cardstock and then coating with copper embossing powder for an oxidised copper effect with the teal (Bermuda Bay) peeking through.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The flowers in the vase are from a new stamp set in the Occasions catalogue. They fit the existing Vases Builder Punch – which is a bonus if you already have this!

I’ve stamped the flowers in Lovely Lipstick on Shimmery White and then used an Aqua Painter to add more Lovely Lipstick & Mango Melody ink – just like in the inspiration photo.  The vases are heat embossed in copper and coloured with Bermuda Bay ink.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

I can see this style of card being a favourite for when I need something a bit fancier!!!


You can see all the design team creations for this challenge on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your project to the challenge link up and share how the photo inspired you!

Thanks for visiting!


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February – why are you leaving us so quick???

I know February is the shortest month of the year, but this one just zipped by me!  Things at Papercraft HQ went into serious overdrive – three kids to keep alive, three houses to look after, a birthday, some anniversaries, the start of school, resuming card making classes for the year and so much more meant every day was a whirlwind of activity!

With all that happening, it’s only in the final moment of February I’m marking some things off my to-do list – like posting birthday cards for friends!  They will arrive in March, but I posted them in February – so it still counts!!!

I’ve always appreciated having a birthday month, so hopefully the recipients will too!

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

I made these cards using some Occasions Catalogue favourites and also a new DSP available as a Level 2 Sale-A-Bration reward.  See the second release catalogue by clicking here.  The Painted Seasons DSP comes in a bundle with a floral stamp set – available to redeem when your order reaches $180.

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

I like to make multiples of cards with subtle differences.  Easy changes – like a different size butterfly in this case – give you a different card for minimal design effort.  Other easy changes are – changing the orientation or using different colours or DSP.

The second card used the same die set, but the large butterfly as the centrepiece.

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

Both cards have the same bokeh dots in Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove & Blushing Bride (to coordinate with the DSP) on a Rectangle Label (of course!), a Stitched Label die cut and a heat embossed sentiment.  The sentiment is cut down from the ‘FRIENDSHIP’ stamp in the Beauty Abounds set.  I always love it if I can get multiple uses from the words in a set.

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

And those dots – I’m still in love!  I originally bought the Beauty Abounds stamp set just for the dots.  And I have no regrets!

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

The stamp set also has a lovely flourish that I thought would look nice on the inside of the card.  Seems to be the month for extra decorating!  I love colouring with my Stampin’ Blends – they are so smooth and luxurious!

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

Here’s hoping that March is a little slower in pace but just as full of love, happiness and fun!


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Just Add Ink #445 | Embossing

Hello!  You’re going to love the Just Add Ink challenge this week – we’re adding embossing!

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Make a project with any kind of embossing you like – heat, paste, folders….  There’s so much potential!  Go nuts and add all the embossing if you like!

I decided this challenge was the time to dust off my neglected embossing mat and use them with the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits to create a pretty background effect.

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

If you haven’t used an embossing mat before, it’s an extra set of layering plates & mats for your Big Shot that transform cutting dies into embossing dies.  They don’t cut through – they just leave the imprint on your cardstock.  Magic!  Especially when you add a spritz of Shimmer Paint (which of course you can’t see in the photo – but it’s there and it looks fab!).

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

I’ve layered butterflies from the same Thinlits set on top and cropped down one of the bigger sentiments to just include ‘friend’.  Of course, the sentiment is heat embossing in white – that’s my favourite use of embossing!

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

The DSP is from the Floral Romance suite.  This sheet is a vellum finish and just gorgeous!  The colours and pattern are so beautiful.  I love Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive together.


Thanks for stopping by today.  To see all the design team projects and add your card to our embossing themed challenge, visit the Just Add Ink blog.


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CASEing the Catty #216 | Sale-A-Bration

Hi there!  How was your weekend?  I seem to always start these posts by telling you what kind of weather we had over the weekend.  It’s summer here in Australia so it should be scorching hot – and it some parts of the country it is.  But right now in Bunbury, we’re averaging a maximum of 30 during the day and an overnight minimum of 15 degrees (that’s in celsius).  It’s glorious!  Sunny days as far as I can see!!!

The downside to such lovely weather is less time spent indoors, so I’m pulling together craft projects when I can find the time!  Sleep?  Who needs to be in bed before midnight???

The theme for CASEing the Catty this week has rolled back around to Sale-A-Bration – which is handy because we’ve hit the half way mark and Stampin’ Up! have released some cute new products to earn!  You can view the second release brochure by clicking here.

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As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order some of these amazing products during the first half of the month.  It’s lovely to be able to access #demoperks!!!  You can too if you join my Paper Adventures team!

My absolute hands-down, no-question favourite item from the second release is the Country Floral Embossing Folder.  It’s soooooooo pretty!  It’s often hard to see the full texture & detail of embossing folders in catalogues, so I hope you’ve got another $90 on your wishlist and you can redeem this gorgeous folder for yourself.

This is the card I chose to CASE from the second release Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

Initially when I looked at this I thought they’d embossed DSP and it was the DSP that had provided the colour.  When I couldn’t see this pattern in the DSP I realised they’d coloured all the individual elements of the embossed image – wow!!!

By this point though, I was kind of excited to emboss DSP.  Other than cutting it, I rarely tamper with DSP – it was time to change things up!!!

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

My DSP of choice for this card was another new Sale-A-Bration product – the DSP available in the Painted Seasons bundle (DSP + stamp set).  I ran it through the Big Shot with the Country Floral embossing folder and then rubbed a sponge dauber across the raised surfaces using Coastal Cabana ink.  It was very rough and I love the effect of the coloured embossed sections and the natural pattern of the DSP underneath.

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

I finished the card with the ‘amazing’ sentiment from the Incredible Like You stamp set, some Mint Macron Nature’s Twine (from the Annual Catalogue), White Flax Ribbon and a Butterfly Element coated in Frost White Shimmer Mist.

This card was so much fun, I decided to create another couple of colour combinations.

Here it is in Blushing Bride using Tropical Escape DSP…

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

And also in Rich Razzleberry using a pattern from the Tea Room DSP.  This one was a little more interesting as the butterflies on the DSP form part of the image!

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

By some crazy coincidence, the colours in the Nature’s Twine pack matched my DSP choices perfectly!  I’m just missing a Crumb Cake creation!!!

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

To place an order and select your FREE (with any $90+ order) Country Floral Embossing Folder, visit my online store.  It’s available until 31st March unless stocks run out earlier.


Join our challenge this week by creating a project inspired by the pages of either of the Sale-A-Bration catalogues.  Click here to share it in our Facebook group.

There’s more great inspiration to come – keep following the hop by clicking on the ‘next’ icon.

From here, you’re heading to Rockhampton (much hotter days & nights there at the moment!) to visit Elizabeth Gross.  Liz and I have been giggling at week at how similar a couple of our projects are – we’re very much on the same creative wavelength at the moment!!

Thanks for joining us!!!  Have a great week!


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Just Add Ink #441 | Inspiration

How good was the Just Add Ink blog hop last week?

We’re back to regular programming from this week with the usual range of fabulous challenge themes. You can see all the design team cards this week over on the Just Add Ink blog.  Click here to visit, and also share your creation with us.

The theme for this week is photo inspiration using this yummy picture chosen by Jo.

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I used the gorgeous colours of the frosting to create a fold out butterfly themed card.  What colours do you see??  I pulled out HIghland Heather, Balmy Blue and Blushing Bride.

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent

The card folds out to the left – and the right!  This is the middle panel….

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent

To create this card, I cut an A4 piece of cardstock in half lengthways (your typical card base).  I then cut 10-3/8″, keeping the piece from the edge for the right side flap.

The right side flap was scored at 2-5/8″ and the tab adhered to the back of the right side of the card.

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent

Like everyone else, I’m loving all the butterflies in the catalogue at the moment. So many butterflies!  I coloured each type of butterflies in a different way.

The little butterflies are stamped in Memento ink, coloured using sponge daubers, highlights added with Stampin’ Blends and punched using the Butterfly Duet punch.  The halo dots were inspired by the Beauty Abounds stamp set (it’s on my very next order – you know when you don’t know you need something until everyone else has it and you don’t!!).  I made them by pressing the sponge dauber to create a circle.

The big butterfly was die cut using the Butterfly Beauty die (trimmed to just the single large butterfly), coloured using sponge daubers and then spritzed with Shimmer Paint (mixed with Isocol alcohol).

The medium butterfly on the inside was stamped in Memento ink, coloured using Stampin’ Blends and punched using the Butterfly Duet punch.

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent


Thank you for visiting today!  Make sure to check in with the Just Add Ink blog for the rest of the design team cards – as always there’s so many ideas from one starting point!

We’d love for you to join the challenge and share your card inspired by those scrumptious cupcakes!!


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CASEing the Catty #212 | Sale-A-Bration

Sunday …. again!  It came around so quick for me this week!!!  We’ve been busy enjoying the beauty of the area we live in.  On Monday we treated ourselves to a day out.  We visited a million year + underground cave, had a yummy lunch at a seafood restaurant and stopped at a beautiful swimming beach on the way home.

This weekend has been hot – good weather for hiding in the air con and crafting!!

The theme for CASEing the Catty this week is Sale-A-Bration – time for some more project inspired by that little catalogue of goodness!!!

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I’ve decided to use the catalogue for colour this week, taking inspiration from page 12.

Pink & Kraft are such a great combination!  The contrast of the light pink & dark pink plus white is just magic!

I teamed up the colour combination with the suite I’m loving the most at the moment – Needlepoint Nook.

Needlepoint Nook friend | kelly kent

It was the background flourish die that first caught my attention in this set, but upon using it, I’ve decided the flowers are just so sweet!

Needlepoint Nook friend | kelly kent

And of course I love the All My Love DSP (not part of the Needlepoint Nook suite but part of the suite that sits alongside the inspiration picture – which ties it altogether!).

Needlepoint Nook friend | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today for the CTC blog hop.  We’d love to have you join the Sale-A-Bration challenge via our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Keep hopping for more great Sale-A-Bration ideas by visiting the gorgeous Sandra Collett in New Zealand.

Have a great week!


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Water

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Hello!  Our Paper Adventures team is back in 2019 – bigger and better than ever!!!  We’re welcoming one of our new teamies – Lisa Whitehead – as part of this blog hop, and also our guest designer for January – Leonie Schroder.

The theme tonight is ‘water’.  I can’t wait to see what the team creates with this diverse theme – there are so many options!

I flip-flopped on ideas for this blog hop for ages!  Watercolouring?  Beach theme?  My favourite water beverage of choice – hot tea?

I ended up deciding to get one of my new stamp sets inky and use the water reflection technique.

Let It Ride | kelly kent

How beautiful are the horses from the Let It Ride stamp set?

It’s so rare for Stampin’ Up! to bring out a stamp set with horses, I knew this one needed to be part of my collection to keep forever.  With 2 Little Miss Papercrafts in the house, I’m sure we’ll be making cards for horse loving friends for years to come!

Let It Ride | kelly kent

For each card, I stamped the horse / tree image on Whisper White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Without reinking, I stamped the image again onto a piece of Window Sheet (acetate) and pressed that ink side down to create a reflection.

Let It Ride | kelly kent

The images were colouring using Stampin’ Blends – Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party & Balmy Blue.  The two tones of each blend colour and the way they literally blend into each other made it easy to create a realistic ‘painting’.

Let It Ride | kelly kent

Once all the colouring was completed, I cut it out using a Stitched Rectangle Framelit and then mounted each one using a combination of Granite Gray & Sahara Sand cardstock – each with different embossing (Simple Stripes & Tin Tile).  A bit of linen thread & new Whisper White flax ribbon to finish.

Let It Ride | kelly kent

Everything you need to make a card like this can be found in my online.  Click here to browse or see the product list at the end of this post for individual products.


Thanks for joining us today for another blog hop.  The team enjoys being able to hop each month!  If you think being part of our Paper Adventures team would be the right fit for you (great team support, 20% discount on your favourite Stampin’ Up! products and a sensation deal on the Starter Kit til the end of March 2019), then please join us!  Click here for more info.

From here, it’s off to Facebook to visit Anne Barker and her water themed project.

See you for another team hop in February!

Participant List:
Leonie Schroder (Guest Designer)

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