My 2018 Project…

2018 has been a big year for the Papercraft family.

Mr Papercraft & I made the big decision to add another mini Papercrafter to our family.  After 2 very uneventful pregnancies with the Miss Papercrafts, this one was different from the beginning.  January (and beyond) was a blur of nausea and tiredness!  I’ve never spent so much time on the couch!  It meant there was very little time left for stamping!

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Baby Kent was still a little bit of a secret at OnStage in April, but just starting to show at some angles.

A true stamping addict, I managed to struggle through and keep up with my usual blog & design team commitments until July when I ended up on bed rest.  As I enjoyed the hospitality of three different hospitals and spent weeks away from home & family, my blog went unexpectedly quiet.  I missed my family, my craft space and my own bed!!!

After all the pregnancy drama, it made sense that baby Kent #3 was a BOY!

Meet baby Little Mr Papercraft – Finley.  Born 4 weeks early, but just perfect!

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He’s a delight, everyone is besotted and we are enjoying being a family of 5.


You know they say it takes a community to raise a child?  Well, it felt like it took a community to get Finn here!   I am so grateful to have an amazing family who kept it all together while I was away and fabulous friends who visited me, brought me food & gifts and checked on me during the ups & downs.  I am blessed to have the tribe I do!

I wanted to send some thank you cards to some special people who really made a difference to my happiness.  It’s been nice to spend some time at the craft table between feeding the little man (I’m once again back to a larger than usual amount of time on the couch!).

The Sweet Baby bundle has the cutest stamps & dies – perfect for all types of baby cards.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

How cute is that bouncing baby boy!  And matching accessories (I just love the bear hat!).  So easy to colour using Stampin’ Blends.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The Twinkle Twinkle DSP from the Annual Catalogue is designed for all things baby – girls or boys.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

Despite the time in hospital, the emotional rollercoaster and the need to drop ‘life’ for a while (including my beloved Stampin’ Up!), we are so happy to have Finley with us.

I have no set plans for blogging in 2018.  Most of my focus will be enjoying our new little man, focusing on the Miss Papercrafts and crafting for pleasure when I have time.  I’ve taken leave from all my design team commitments for the foreseeable future and will return when I feel it’s the right time.  There will be posts, but they’ll be when I have time with projects I’d like to share.

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Just one more photo to finish – Finn and his very proud big sisters!

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Baby Card with a Twist

Our Paper Adventures team added a new member this month with one of our team members welcoming a beautiful baby into her family..  It’ll be a while before she’s stamping, but I’m excited that our junior division is growing!

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My Little Miss Papercrafts came shopping with me to pick out something for the new addition and made me giggle in the shop when they were analysing present options based on the potential for a coordinating card.

The final choice was a Bonds wondersuit with a fabulous neon tropical pattern.  They were right – this design made a fabulous card!!!

Animal Outing + Rooted in Nature baby card | kelly kent

The card was made using Rooted in Nature as the base and Animal Outing for the finishing touches.

Animal Outing + Rooted in Nature baby card | kelly kent

Who knew that Rooted in Nature would be the perfect stamp set for a baby card???  It fits perfectly with the theme this week for the Just Add Ink challenge – my curveball of a suggestion to “Add a Twist”.

You can see the design team creations over at the Just Add Ink blog – and add your own card with a twist.  The challenge is open until tomorrow evening.


Animal Outing + Rooted in Nature baby card | kelly kent

One of the things I love the most about this baby card is the bright & fun colours.  Who said baby cards had to be pastel & cutesy?!?

It’s a big welcome to the new little one!  I have a feeling she’s going to carve her own path in life – with a uniqueness and boldness that this baby card promises!!!


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Twinkle Twinkle

It would seem from the name of this suite, that Twinkle Twinkle would be the perfect option for welcoming gorgeous little twins into the world.

One of my stamping friends added two little blue bundles of absolute joy to her family this month.  The new parents are just smitten with their cute new additions – as they should be!

This is the card I made to say hi!

Little Twinkle | kelly kent

I used two of the hearts from the Little Twinkle stamp set – one for each new little guys and added the sentiment in silver embossing.

Little Twinkle | kelly kent

I’m not too sure about the accuracy of that sentiment – I’d say their world just got a lot brighter!  And noisier!  But definitely less sleep.  Whoever coined the phrase ‘sleep like a baby’ must have been a little sleep deprived!!!

Little Twinkle | kelly kent

The Twinkle Twinkle DSP is available this month as part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion.

Shop online for any of your favourite Stampin’ Up! products: Click here to browse the online store

You’re sure to find lots of pretty things you love. I know I do every time I look!!!

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ESAD Blog Hop | DSP

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Do you have a favourite category of Stampin’ Up! products?  I love so many of the things in the catalogue, but DSP is the one thing I buy every design, every catalogue – so I’m putting DSP at the top of my favourites list.

So, it was exciting to find out this month that Stampin’ Up! are offering a buy 3, get 1 free offer on the whole range of standard ($19.25) DSP patterns.  There’s 10 to choose from!

Once you’ve got your 4 new packs of paper, you’ll be after some ideas on making the most of them!  So, join me on a blog hop with my ESAD friends to see how these crafty ladies are using their DSP!

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With my love of DSP (and lots of choice of patterns), I have collated a few of my favourite ways to use DSP to create simple but elegant cards.

5 ways with DSP | kelly kent

I’ve used the designs available as part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion to demonstrate each style in action.

FEATURE

A whole card front of DSP is the easiest way to use your DSP.  Cut it up, enjoy the beautiful patterns & show your family and friends that you care about them enough to use your pretty paper on their card!

Garden Impressions

Garden Impressions DSP | kelly kent

Tropical Escape

Tropical Escape DSP | kelly kent

RIP

Most of the time we cut our DSP with a trimmer (or scissors) and have a nice straight line.  The composition of DSP gives a lovely edge when you rip it.  One of my favourite quick & easy card designs is to cut a piece of DSP slightly longer (ie, 6″) and rip the bottom third.  Flip it over to show the reverse side and adhere both pieces to form your card front.  Add a bit of twine & a sentiment for an awesome card.

Animal Expedition

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

Tranquil Textures

You don’t have to use the bottom third – the ripped edge creates a lovely contrast to the card base (and a great place to put a sentiment!).

Tranquil Textures | kelly kent

STRIP

A strip of cardstock is a great way to show off the patterns of a DSP and get multiple cards from a 6″ piece.  Or it’s a great way to use the 2″ strips left over from card fronts when using 6″x6″ DSP (either the stacks sold by Stampin’ Up! or in a paper share).

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle | kelly kent

Wood Textures

Wood Textures | kelly kent

PANEL

This is a twist on using cardstock as a whole card front.  Cut your cardstock 1/4″ (0.5cm) smaller than the usual width, then divide the width into three equal portions and cut into panels.  Keep them in order and stick to your card base with equal spacing.  Using panels just adds a bit of extra interest and texture to your card!

Petal Promenade

Petal Promenade | kelly kent

Under the MistletoeUnder the Mistletoe | kelly kent

BANNER

Banners are a favourite of mine on simple cards (well any card really!).  The Triple Banner punch makes this really easy, but you can cut banners using scissors too.  Layer up a few awesome patterns from the DSP (front & back or a couple of different sheets) and add some twine & a sentiment to finish.

Nature’s Poem

Nature's Poem | kelly kent

Best Route

Best Route | kelly kent

Please CASE (copy) these layouts for your own card making, classes or blog posts.  Beautiful DSP likes to be chopped & used – it doesn’t like to sit in plastic!!!

For more DSP ideas, keep hopping to visit my lovely & talented friend Rochelle Blok.

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If you’re ready to add more DSP to your collection, here’s the online store links for the designs that feature in the buy 3, get 1 free promotion.  Add your 4 favourites to your shopping cart and the 4th won’t cost you a thing!

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Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Fi Cobbin
  5. Delys Cram
  6. Sharon Dalton
  7. Kim Oliver
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Rebecca Scurr
  13. Narelle Fasulo
  14. Barbara Williams
  15. Maree McIntosh
  16. Libby Dyson
  17. Cheryll Miller
  18. Denise Buetler
  19. Mandy Depiazzi

 

CASEing the Catty #185 | Best Route

Life is chilly (and wet on some days) in the south-west corner of Australia at the moment.  Which makes it perfect crafting weather.  I confess to a few pyjama days lately spent at the craft table!  And perhaps plans for a few more!

Thanks for joining me tonight for CASEing the Catty where we take inspiration from the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

This week it’s the Best Route suite and subsequent pages.

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I seem to make a lot of baby cards for challenges!  This one was inspired by the pink dreamcatcher card on page 54.

The card is going to the parents of a little princess born during the week, so I kept the pretty Blushing Bride colour scheme.

Follow Your Dreams baby card | kelly kent

Other colours in this card are silver embossing & foil, Blushing Bride watercolouring on Shimmery White and Rose Glimmer paper (new & improved).

The Follow Your Dreams stamp set & coordinating Chase Your Dreams Framelits are beautiful!

Follow Your Dreams baby card | kelly kent

I added the Tufted Embossing Folder to the background layer – which I had previously overlooked in the catalogue, but quickly added because it’s gorgeous!!!

Follow Your Dreams baby card | kelly kent

The personalised name pennant was made using the Pick a Pennant stamp set and that beautiful ribbon you see is from the Metallic Ribbon combo pack.

Follow Your Dreams baby card | kelly kent


Make sure to join the CTC fun on our Facebook page.  CASEing the Catty can either be your easiest or most deluxe card of the week.

Next up you’re visiting the lovely Megan Lenkse in sunny QLD!

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Enjoy the Little Things Video In Life Video Blog Hop | June – Guest Designer

Hello!  It’s an early blog post today as I have the great pleasure of joining the Enjoy the Little Things in Life Design Team for their June video blog hop.

I’ve been doing a few videos lately as part of my Stamp In Confidence program (read about that here), but it’s still not natural for me to be organised enough to craft and video at the same time!!!

But life is all about challenges and extending ourselves, so I was delighted to say yes to a guest designer role with the Enjoy the Little Things DT.

The theme for this hop is 3D.  The design team has come up with some lovely creations, complete with tutorial videos to help you make your own versions.

I’m so much of a card girl, and don’t often make boxes, bags or other 3D items.

So, for today’s project, I’m combining the two – a card that features an interactive 3D component.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

One of the new bundles in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Love You to PIeces stamp set and coordinating Puzzle Pieces Thinlits.  Such a fun way to create cards for big & little people!

I’ve created a double layer frame for the puzzle to sit in, so once the puzzle is together, it fits snugly onto the card front and looks like it’s part of the card.

But, the pieces can be taken out, mixed up and put back together just like a regular puzzle.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the new embossing mat with the puzzle thinlit to create the background outline to guide the puzzle doer.

There’s so many pretty DSP patterns in the new catalogue that are perfect for this style of card.  This design is Petal Promenade – beautiful photography patterns of flowers on the main side & marble on the reverse.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Watch my tutorial video here to show you the steps for making your own interactive puzzle card.

Materials:

  • Card base: Thick Whisper White – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (10.5cm x 29.7cm), scored at 5-7/8″ (14.8cm)
  • Card mat: Blushing Bride – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (10cm x 14.3cm) x 2
  • DSP: Petal Promenade – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Backing for DSP: Thick Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Mat for Puzzle inlay: Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Scrap of Whisper White
  • Tranquil Tide Ink
  • Shimmer Ribbon – Powder Pink
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, Glue Dots
  • Big Shot & accessories (magnetic platform, cutting plates, embossing mat)

These puzzle cards were so much fun to make (and so easy), I made them in a couple of our other awesome DSP patterns too.

Animal Expedition

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Twinkle Twinkle

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

All of these DSPs plus 7 of their friends are available in July as part of the Buy 3, get one free special.  It’s a great time to stock up!

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today – and thanks for the Enjoy the Little Things DT for having me as a guest designer.

There’s a list of amazing designers taking part in the this video hop.  Click on the cute little blue frog to bring up the list and choose someone else to visit.

To hop in order, you’ll next visit the gorgeous Kim Oliver – click here to see what she’s made.

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CASEing the Catty #184 | Delightfully Detailed

Welcome to CASEing the Catty on this lovely Sunday.

We’ve started our voyage through the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue and today we’re CASEing catalogue projects on pages 38-51 – which starts with the Delightfully Detailed suite.

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My choice this week was the cute hello card on page 44.

I took the colours, overall layout and use of the Darling Label punch and added the Little Elephant bundle to create a bright baby card.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

The background DSP is from the Broadway Bound Speciality DSP – it’s full of gold, silver & black patterns on one side and bright, fun colours on the other.  This was my surprise love when I unpacked the new designs.  It’s sensational in real life.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

I can’t get enough of the cute little elephants from the Little Elephant bundle.  The Little Elephant stamp set coordinates with a punch created just for this set.  You get two sizes of elephant and a whole set of adorable stamps!

The other detail I wanted to show you from this card was the gorgeous new gold cord…

Little Elephant | kelly kent

There’s also a black version!  Want one of each new ribbon & trim in the catalogue at a fraction of the cost?  You’ll love my 2018 Ribbon Share.  Click here to see the details.


Thanks for joining us for today’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.

For more great inspiration, keep going on the hop and visit the gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid in New Zealand.

You can join the challenge too.  CASE any project from pages 38-51 and share your project in our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #414 | Window or Frame

Hello & welcome to Just Add Ink Challenge #414.

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This week we are adding a Frame or Window to a card, layout or 3D item.  Join us with your Window or Frame project on our blog.

I think I’m stretching the theme a little this week – my whole card is a window!!!

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

I took a piece of Window Sheet – 4″ x 12″ and scored at 6″.  You have to be firm with it to get it to fold along the middle, but with some gentle persuasion, I was able to form a card base from the Window Sheet material.

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

The card is very simple – but it’s the simplicity I love!!!

I’ve embellished with products from the Twinkle Twinkle suite – one of the new offerings in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

The sentiment is black heat embossed on Soft Sea Foam cardstock and cut with a die from the Stitched Label Thinlits.

The moon & stars are cut from So Saffron, Petal Pink and Pool Party cardstock using the Twinkle Builder Punch  I backed the cardstock with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet before punching so I didn’t have to use liquid glue on the window sheet.  The silver stars you spy are from the Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequins – they are just the sweetest!

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

The strip of DSP down the left side is from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP.  I know I’ll be going through a few packs of these, so I’ll be stocking up in July when there’s a buy 3, get 1 free offer on select DSPs!!!  I’ll post more details about this amazing deal on the weekend!

Thanks for joining me today for Just Add Ink.  Don’t forget to visit the blog to view the design team creations and add your window / frame creation!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Catalogue Transition – the old & the new

As a demonstrator, I love the period of catalogue transition!  Twice as many Stampin’ Up! products to love at the same time.  I can make projects to share with retiring & carryover items, as well as share sneak peeks of the wonderful things to come.

It’s a good chance to remind you to place an order for any of the items from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue & 2018 Occasions Catalogue that you’ll miss – stock up on paper, refills, DSP and make sure you own favourite stamp sets, dies, punches & accessories.  Once we hit the evening of 31st May 2018, all the items on the retirement / last chance list will disappear from the online store.

From 10am (WA time) on 1st June 2018, the new catalogue items will be available to order!!!  Yay!

This sweet little card uses a mix of retiring items and a new stamp set that will join us on Friday.

Lined Alphabet stamp set | kelly kent

Retiring:…

Joining us soon….

  • Lined Alphabet stamp set
  • Granny Apple Green ink
  • Blueberry Bushel cardstock

Click here to browse the online store and triple check you’ve ordered all your retiring favourites.

Next on my crafty agenda today is cutting up cardstock and printing labels for these divine little colour swatches, ready to send to everyone who placed an order last week.  They are shipping on Friday.  It’s not too late to add your name to the list.  Click here to see all the info about purchasing one for your craft table

2018 Stampin' Up! Color Revamp Color Swatch - Buy Now | kelly kent

** Australian residents only

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ESAD Blog Hop | 2018 Retirement List

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What a bittersweet moment every retirement list is!

There’s the excitement of new things to come, but the sadness of some favourites retiring.  I am always on the side of excitement – because…… I own my favourites and I can keep using them as long as I want!  And add more pretties to my collection from the new catalogue!  Win-win!

There’s a combined list for 2018 including the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and 2018 Occasions catalogue.

The online store is the easiest way to keep track of what is still available on the retirement list – because things {WILL} sell out.  Visit my online store here.

Today I’m hopping with the ESAD Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.

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I know the inspiration is going to be huge!!!  You’ll see new ways of using sets you already own, discover stamps set you hadn’t noticed before (just as they are retiring!) and I’m sure you’ll add a few things to your ever growing list of Stampin’ must haves!

Being firmly in the kid zone here at Papercraft HQ, I always love seeing what Stampin’ Up! bring out each year in the Babies & Kids section of the catalogue.

We had some great stamp sets join us last year.  Some are staying, but we’re saying goodbye to….

My project today uses two of those stamp sets that I’ve loved over the past year – Moon Baby & Little One.

ESAD Blog Hop 2018 Retirement List | kelly kent

Thankfully Tranquil Tide is not yet retiring but all DSP in the catalogue is retiring (except Wood Textures), so you’ll want to make sure you stock up on any favourite patterns.  I’ve used the True Gentleman DSP from the Occasions catalogue.

ESAD Blog Hop 2018 Retirement List | kelly kent

The sentiment from this set is from another retiring stamp set – Ready to Pop which has a range of sentiments including this cute ‘with love’.

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Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List:

1. Lou Kitzelman

2. Kelly Kent – you are here

3. Bronwyn Eastley

4. Jackie Aitken

5. Jo Stubbings

6. Peta Stephen

7. Sharon Dalton

8. Lauren Meiklejohn

9. Courtenay Heuston

10. Nicole Wilson

11. Jo Weeden

12. Libby Dyson

13. Cheryl Algie

14. Megan Lenske

15. Beryl Crisp

16. Fi Cobbin

17. Rose Packer

18. Cathy Pinchbeck

19. Carolina Evans

20. Renee Lynch

21. Sandra Mastello

22. Katrina Duffell

23. Rachael Lewsley

24. Leonie Schroder

25. Emily Campbell

26. Monique Fielder

27. Michelle Strazds

28. Jessie Holton