Social Stamping | neutrals

Hello! Thank you for joining us for April’s Social Stamping Blog Host. I’m hopping with a small but amazing list of ladies today. We’re all sharing projects made using the Neutrals colour collection. These 10 colours could be considered the core colours – the ones that go with all the others. Which is the inspiration for my cards today.

I’ve made 4 cards to share – each showing off a perfect pairing of a neutral and beautiful match.

You’ll recognise some colours in here that I often use together. Let’s start with Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight…

If you’ve read my blog before you may know that I really love white, yellow & gray together. The bundle for this card is the Pretty Perennials stamp set and Perennial Petals Dies. I cannot get enough of these!

The next pairing is Night of Navy with Melon Mambo. Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow and Merry Merlot were included in the neutrals collection when the colour refresh happened several years ago. Stampin’ Up! felt these deep & rich colours were most often used in the same way you’d use black, brown & gray.

The bundle I’ve used for this card is the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and Strawberry Builder Punch.

Next up is Sahara Sand and Rich Razzleberry. I use Sahara Sand all the time but I feel it can sometimes get overlooked as an option for a fabulous base colour. It’s cool yet warm, subtle yet rich and can complement so many of the colours in the other colour families.

The bundle for this card is the Wrapped Bouquet stamp set and Wrapped Flowers Dies.

The final combination I’m sharing today is another solid favourite and one I use often – Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron.

Featuring the super cute Kangaroo & Company stamp set and Kangaroo Dies.

All the bundles from today’s cards are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. This catalogue runs through until 30th June so there’s still plenty of time to add favourites to your collection. Not everything carries over to the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue, but don’t worry, there’s plenty more new sets coming that you’ll fall in love with.

To see what everyone else on this great little hop made, keep clicking on the next button to tour the whole blog hop. From here it’s onward to my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm. Narelle and I will actually be camping together as this goes live! I wonder if she packed stamping supplies!?!

You can see the full list of participants by visiting the main blog hop post – click here.

Thanks for joining us and being part of the April Social Stamping Blog Host.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, Social Stamping in person resumes on 3rd May – we can’t wait to stamp with you again! All welcome, even if you’ve never stamped before or don’t stamp at home.

Stamp Review Crew | Dragonfly Garden

Hey there Monday! Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew hop with my friends from around the world. Today we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. This was the make & take set – together with the coordinating Dragonflies punch – for last November’s Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. So, there’s plenty of samples out there and we’re excited to add even more ideas to the mix on how to use this great punch bundle.

I’ve made two cards to share with you today…

The first card uses the stamp set, punch and coordinating Dandy Garden DSP. The colours are Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry and Bumblebee.- guided as always by the colours used in the DSP. It’s a great way to put together colours without too much thought.

I’ve clear embossed the floral image on the Basic White circle (using the now sold out Stitched Shapes for the circle die cut). I love the subtle detail this adds to complement the delicate pattern of the DSP.

The sentiment for this card is just the ‘friend’ part of one of the sentiments in the stamp set. I’ve used partial greetings for both cards. It’s a good way to make the sentiments work for your style of card making.


The second card for today was inspired by a stunning card shared by Jan Clothier. The layout using the stitched triangles is great for creating a scene and perfect for the Dragonfly Garden stamp set!

I stamped the images from the stamp set across a piece of Basic White cardstock and then cut using three different sizes of triangles as per the layout. I then coloured them with Stampin’ Blends and layered over two solid coloured triangles (Bumblebee & Blackberry Bliss).

The final touches for this card were an Old Olive card base, Basic White mat layer embossed with the Painted Texture EF, a Rich Razzleberry stamped dragonfly and another partial sentiment.

I love that so many of the elements of this card were the same but the end result was so different.

To see more Dragonfly Garden creations, please keep hopping. The next blog is the wonderful Cindy Elam. You can see the full list of participants by visiting the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Party Puffins + 2021-23 In Colors

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators were able to order new catalogue Stampin’ Up! supplies a couple of weeks ago and I was excited to have my box land on my doorstep early this week. Housework neglected, bedtime ignored – it was so much fun to unpack and play with the gorgeous products.

Most of my box contained an assortment of products in the brand new 2021-2023 In Colors. Introducing…

They are a such a pretty mix! Do you have an early favourite? I love how well they coordinate together – ready for a range of styles of stamping.

Another cute little new addition in my box was the Party Puffins stamp set. The black stamping of the puffins was the perfect contrast to show off the new In Color range.

Dancing their way into our hearts, these puffins are definitely stealing the show from the pre-order list.

EVENING EVERGREEN

PALE PAPAYA

POLISHED PINK

FRESH FREESIA

SOFT SUCCULENT

As well as the In Color cardstock used for the card bases, there’s also Stampin’ Blends in each colour, a stack of DSP in 4 different patterns and sweet little gems.

The top layer of the card base has been cut using a new die from a set you’re going to want to have called Basic Borders. It’s going to add a great textural finish to your projects in 2021.

If you love the idea of having early access to all your favourite Stampin’ Up! products, you’ll be excited to hear that all the items you see on these projects are available on preorder and can be added to a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit. $169 for your choice of $235 of products including free shipping and then a 20% discount on all the orders you place until October 2021. If this sounds like a deal you’d like to get on board with, click here to buy your Starter Kit. If you have any questions, please message me.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Treasured Medallion | step it up

The last time I shared a card made using the Tresured Medallion stamp set I had borrowed it from a friend. I loved it so much I bought my own! You can see the card that started my love affair by clicking here.

Searching through my DSP stash revealed the Fine Art Floral DSP has a fabulous tiled pattern that I thought was perfect for the mandala style of this stamp set.

I don’t often use Petal Pink – but it was a great contrast to the pretty pink of the DSP pattern.

The sentiment stamping is wonky on my card – whoops! Should have gotten out my Stamparatus! But actually, I’m ok with my stamping being a range of perfect!

After making this card I thought it would be so easy to step it up to a something a bit more fancy.

My pathway to stepping it up –

  • Add layers
  • Add embellishments
  • Change to a fancy fold

This is another great way to make a set of cards – one to send, one for your stash. Sometimes a simple card is perfect for the occasion, sometimes you want one with all the extras.

I always love adding stamp sets to my collection that add diversity. This set is available until the end of June 2021 and after that will enjoy being on my retired shelf to enjoy for many occasions to come.

You can buy all your long term favourites in my online store. Click here to browse. You can currently choose from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

Rustic Retreat & other retiring gems

When the annual catalogue gets released, there’s always products that form part of your maybe wishlist. Usually I put off buying them and regret it when I have the perfect idea for a stamp set or accessory that I don’t yet own! The ideal solution would be to buy the whole catalogue – but I haven’t been able to convince Mr Papercraft that’s a good idea (yet).

When the Last Chance Retirement List comes out, it can be a great opportunity to buy those products that you didn’t know you needed to have until they won’t be available anymore. Rustic Retreat was always on my list, but with the wintery imagery, it never quite made it into an order …. that is, until it appeared on the retirement list at an amazing 75% off retail price. That’s right – Rustic Retreat, with a pretty Happy Birthday sentiment, a gorgeous Christmas greeting and a great quote is in the online store for only $10.50.

This is the first card I made using Rustic Retreat when it arrived.

I’ve combined it with some other retiring favourites that I already own, and are my favourites that I’ll miss in the new catalogue. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of lovely new things to add to your wishlist. But, if you don’t own any of these on the list below, I recommend you add them to your order soon!

  • Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Neutrals DSP
  • Braided Linen Trim
  • 2020–2022 In Color Enamel Dots

I also used some annual catalogue products that have already sold out including Word of Good DSP, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder and Bumblebee Ribbon. The Tasteful Labels Dies are carrying over to the new annual catalogue.

You can order any current or retirement list item by visiting my online store.

If you’re impatient to get your hands on the upcoming annual catalogue products, you may like to join my Paper Adventures team and add items from the preorder list (including the 5 new In Colours) to your Starter Kit. Just $169 for $235 of your choice of products, free shipping and a 20% discount on everything you purchase between now and at least October 2021. You can also sell to family/friends or customers and earn yourself a commission to keep or invest in more Stampin’ Up! If you’d like to know more, please email, Facebook or Instagram me. If you’d like to jump right in and purchase a Starter Kit, please click here. (Note: this link will only work for Australian residents)

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope there is lots of craft and you still have Easter chocolate to munch on!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | Brushed Blooms

After a little delay to the start of Social Stamping at the cafe this term (thanks to a snap lockdown), I can’t believe tomorrow is our last session of Term 1. We’ve made some great cards, drunk delicious coffee and shared lots of laughs! The good news is that after a break for school holidays, we’ll be back again in Term 2!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the cards for tomorrow. Inspired by the catalogue sample on page 29, I’ve adapted to make it work for a larger group.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Rather than stamping each of the colours using the stamp, I’ve used the die to cut out the brushstrokes and filled them in with colour from behind. In rainbow order, they are Magenta Madness, Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

We don’t have the option to heat emboss at the cafe, so I’ve changed the sentiment to white cardstock with Night of Navy ink, and also used Night of Navy for the leaves. Using a dark blue instead of black is one of my favourite tips for getting a dark but solid image. Memento and StazOn black inks are great and definitely have their purposes, but I find it hard to get a consistent coverage unless I stamp several times.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

The roses are stamped in Gorgeous Grape and cut with the dies from this coordinating set – Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies. I’ve layered on a vellum circle to give some definition and added some gold gem bling!

I always offer any alternative for classes – but the differences on this one are subtle! The specific sizing of the Brushstrokes die makes it hard to change the layout too much!

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Can you spot the changes? The flowers are on the left side, the sentiment in stamped on a long strip and not cut into words and the brushstrokes are upside down compared to the other cards. I can’t wait to see how the stampers change up the design tomorrow to show their creative flair.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Join me tomorrow at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe – 9.30am start. We have the table reserved until 11am, but you can dash off before then if you need!

See you tomorrow. If you’re definitely going to be there, let me know so I can save a kit for you. RSVPS are helpful but not essential – I always have extras on the day.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Tasteful Touches

Hello! Happy Monday (or Sunday if you are reading this when it first posts in a different time zone). I love hopping with my Stamp Review Crew friends. We’re shining the spotlight on a crew members over the coming months on the main Stamp Review Crew blog, starting with the gorgeous Charlet Mallett. To learn more about Charlet, visit the SRC blog.

Today’s hop features the Tasteful Touches stamp set and coordinating Tasteful Labels Dies.

I must confess, the dies are part of my usual rotation but it’s been a while since I pulled out the stamp set. It’s lovely to be reminded of all the great stamp sets in the Annual Catalogue. Some of these will retire at the beginning of May – I wonder which ones?!

I was drawn to the feather in this stamp set which was perfect for the card I wanted to make with my Paper Adventures team at our demonstrator class last week. We hold these once a month and it’s a great chance to get together and do what we love – stamp!

I wanted to use the Gilded Leafing on this card. We played with it a little at previous class, but it was time to step up the uses. As well as applying with Versamark and Heat & Stick Powder, the leafing will stick to any adhesive. We used it with double sided tape. The bottom layer of the card is just a touch bigger than the top layer. We applied tape along the very edge. The tape is 6mm wide and perfect to make it seem like the whole bottom layer is gilded.

Gilded Leaf | kelly kent

The top layer of the card also features gliding. We stamped feathers from the Tasteful Touches stamp set in Blushing Bride and then added more feathers from the Positive Thoughts stamp set in Versamark which we gilded using the heat and stick method.

The final layer of this card was a cluster with a sentiment, ribbon and two more of the labels from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I love the mix of border ridges and stitched edges on the dies.

By perfect serendipity (or clever design) the Blushing Bride ribbon in the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue has a gold shimmer though it. I’ve paired it with an Annual Catalogue favourite – the Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon. At this time of the year with a new catalogue starting in May, you start to wonder which items we’ll see again. I really hope both of these ribbons make it!

Time will tell if the Tasteful Textures bundle will stick around for another year in the Annual Catalogue. One thing we do know is that returning products are almost never included as a bundle which means that great 10% discount you get for buying the stamp set and dies at the same time in a bundle is no longer available. So, if this set is on your wish list, you’ll want to buy it soon!

Thanks for hopping with me today. Next up please visit the wonderful design talent of Stesha Bloodhart. To see all the projects made by the Crew for the hop, click here to visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Social Stamping | Pampered Pets

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Social Stamping this morning. I shared a sneak peak of one of the cards yesterday using the Sweet Ice Cream bundle. The theme for today’s session was “fun cards”.

This was the other option – animal fun using the Pampered Pets bundle.

When photographed flat, this card doesn’t look as fun as when you get to play with it in real life. The front panel opens up and you write your message on the card front! This is one of my favourite card folds – easy and fun all in one!

The styling of these cards was influenced by the black, white and red patterns of the Playful Pets DSP combined with stamped images from the Pampered Pets stamp set.

The dog version…

And the cat version…

So, the big question…. would you make the dog or the cat version? #teamdog #teamcat

Luckily the DSP has both options including whole sheets of already coloured cats and dogs that you can cut out using the Pets Dies.

Social Stamping has three more sessions this term (15th, 22nd, 29th March). See you there!

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