Out of Office | 2021

Hey followers! It’s time for this little blogger to take a break. I’m ok and everything is fine! After almost 10 years of classes and 8 years of blogging, it’s time for another rest & recharge. I’m pressing pause on the blog and stamping classes. Both of these activities have a significant unseen amount of time that goes on behind the scenes.

I may add cards every now and again on my Instagram – it’s a much quicker and easier way to share. You can find me on Instagram @kellykent.

Stay safe, keep being creative and find joy in the things that bring true happiness.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Hidden Gem| Stitched Greenery

Stampin’ Up! do a great job of displaying their gorgeous products but there’s a few hidden gems in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue that you may not notice on your first flick through. One of these hidden gems is the Stitched Greenery Die plate. It’s a single die that doesn’t cut a shape, but instead embossing a stitched leaf pattern that is just gorgeous.

The colours and styling of these cards were inspired by a card made by Karen Young. You can see Karen’s card by clicking here.

I made two versions – a simpler version of Karen’s using the Artistic Die and a different version using the Layering Hugs Dies. We made the hugs version in today’s Social Stamping class and it was a big hit!

I’ve added in a sentiment from the Artistically Inked stamped set for the card above and one from the Sending Hugs stamp set for the card below.

The flowers are from the Sweet as a Peach stamp set, embellished with Basic Rhinestones. The three sizes are perfect for the three different sized flowers. No need for fussy cutting, there’s a die in the Peach Dies that cuts them out!

If you need to add any hidden gems to your next order, you can find the full range in the online store. I love being able to search, scroll and browse through the categories, making it easy to find all your favourites. Click here to shop or browse.

Social Stamping | Stellar Birthday

It’s cold and wet here today and perfect weather to finish the preparation for tomorrow’s Social Stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the card options for tomorrow. It’s a spinner card using the Give it a Whirl Dies and Stellar Birthday stamp set.

These dies in all their stitched glory made it so easy to create cards that whirl and create magic. In this card, the planets change colour as you spin the wheel.

The pieces in the kit allow stampers to create a Balmy Blue or Smoky Slate space scene. Which would you choose?

There’s a choice of sentiment from this stamp set, or you could leave it blank for an all occasion card.

If you can make it to Social Stamping, please send me a message so I can save a kit for you.

Tomorrow will be the last week of Social Stamping as we head into school holidays at the end of the week. Social Stamping will be taking a break during July. Mandy will return in August with more cards for you to enjoy.

See you tomorrow!

Stamp Review Crew | Artistically Inked

Hello Monday! Thanks for joining me this morning as I hop with my Stampin’ Up! friends from around the world for another Stamp Review Crew hop. Today we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Artistically Inked stamp set.

This was my top pick from the 2021 Annual Catalogue. I couldn’t wait to have the whole suite – the stamp set, the coordinating Artistic Dies, the stunning Expressions in Ink DSP and Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack.

I’ve used my favourite layout at the moment for these cards – a notebook style fancy fold where you take a standard card size, score at 4-1/8” from the open end and adhere the space between the side fold and the score line to create a solid side piece.

The colours for this DSP are so pretty, so I’ve used Polished Pink and Soft Succulent from the 2021-2023 In Colors to complement the DSP.

Each side contains deluxe gold foiling, which made the choice to add accents die cut from gold foil an easy one.

The stamps in this set have a beautiful watercolour effect. You’ll want to make sure you apply ink carefully – either with a brush or sponge dauber, or smoothing the ink with a sponge or brush after you’ve inked directly from the pad. It makes so much difference to the variation in colour that it’s worth the extra effort!

As well as the floral images, the stamp set contains sentiments you’ll want to use on every card you make!

Have I convinced you yet how necessary this suite is for your collection? Keep hopping to see more ideas on projects you can create using this stamp set. Next blog to visit is the fantastic Jay Soriano.

Have a wonderful week!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | out with the old

Hello! It’s my pleasure to be hopping with my Paper Adventures team today. As we farewell the Jan-June Mini catalogue at the end of this month, we’re taking the opportunity to share favourites that we’re going to miss in this ‘Out With the Old’ theme.

My absolute favourite from the Jan-June mini was the Pretty Perennial bundle. Designed by Dena Rekow in honour of her million dollar sales achievement – I love everything about it!

For today’s projects, I have CASEd the cards from the catalogue using this bundle and added in the Hey Girlfriend stamp set for some fun teen cards.

I didn’t buy this stamp set when the catalogue first came out but I always planned to add it to my collection before it retired. It’s a great one for the long term stash – especially having two girls who are fast growing up!

There’s three different girls in the stamp set – all with a different style, which I love! I think this little lady is my favourite – possibly it’s the glasses, Ra-Ra skirt and the cute hair that have me hooked!

Using Stampin’ Blends, you can colour the girls to theme with any card design and using any skin tone you like. I really love this chart by Jacque Williams which allows you to see each of the combinations and had an option to download the chart and create your own skin colour table. Click here to visit Jacque’s blog.

I didn’t have the exact same products in each of the samples, so I substituted where I needed to which is the perfect way to CASE. One of the definitions of CASE stands for Copy and Selectively Edit.

Next up on today’s hop is the lovely Narelle Simm

Thanks for hopping with us tonight. Have a lovely weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #559 | choose two

Hello! Thanks for stopping by for a Just Add Ink – Choose Two challenge. I really love it when these roll around – there’s so much room for creativity. There’s a choice today of stitching, stripes and paper strips.

As always, I really could have used all three elements but settled on stitching (how could I not!) and paper strips for these notebook style fun folds. Using DSP for card fronts on so many of my cards, I’ve often got strips of DSP lying around. This style of fold uses those strips up perfectly.

I’ve used the Flowering Cactus Product Medley – a themed crafting set with a stamp set, dies, DSP, embellishments and twine to inspire cards with perfect coordination.

Both of these cards are 5-1/2” long/wide and 4-1/8” across/down. They are scored at 4-1/8” from the open end to create a square feature panel. The remaining portion is adhered together to create thicker edge.

The paper strips were used for the notepad edge and as an accent on the card front.

This card fold works in both orientations – so of course I had to make both!

The Flowering Cactus DSP is so pretty! With the stamps you can make your own cactus & flower combinations but the DSP includes a few different coloured designs of the cacti. I really love how they’ve coloured them, so I decided to use the DSP versions instead of stamping. And fab bonus for this product medley – the dies that coordinate with the stamp set, also match the DSP. These images can be cut using dies!!!

The stitching element on my card is the pretty tag. These are a hidden gem of the 2021 Annual Catalogue. They don’t have a specific stamp set to match, so they only appear in the dies section at the back of the catalogue. You get several sizes of two different tag shapes. A total love for me!

This is the inside of the card. You can see that once you adhere the scored panel on the edge, the usable space in the middle is 4-1/8” square. I’ve layered more of the fab DSP with a Basic White writing panel.

If a combination of stitching, stripes & paper strips inspires you this week, we’d love for you to join us over at the Just Add Ink blog and share your creation.

You can also see which two the design team chose for their cards this week. Don’t forget, that although the design team primarily share cards, any inky project is welcome as a challenge entry – 3D creations, scrapbook pages, memory keeping, journalling. Share your talents with us!!! We’d also love for you to leave us a comment to say hi or share with us your challenge theme suggestions.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Stamp Review Crew | Whiskey Business

Hello Monday! It’s a holiday here, so no school – which means another day to sleep in late, the potential for an adventure and a short week to enjoy.

I’m hopping today with the Stamp Review Crew – a group of international Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who all share projects using the same stamp set. Today’s top shelf selection is Whiskey Business – a carryover into the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. You can see the full list of participants on the Stamp Review Crew blog.

I love this stamp set for some broody male cards. I haven’t been able to move away from the classic deep tones that whiskey stereotypes involve. I’m excited to see the inspiration from the hop and the designs the crew bring to the table.

I’ve themed these cards using the Simply Elegant DSP. I hadn’t considered it particularly masculine but the mix of geometric patterns works really well for a variety of occasions.

The whiskey bottle & glass are stamped in Early Espresso and coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Pale Papaya and Crumb Cake. The sentiment and garnish are gold embossed.

I’ve used the grey tones – Basic Grey and Smoky Slate for his card to tone with the DSP patterns.

I added Soft Succulent for the second card to create a colour contrast and something a little brighter.

The background layer is Smoky Slate with lines scored at 1/2” intervals. Such an easy way to add texture!

The amber ale in these cups are thanks to a more yellow undertone – So Saffron and Crumb Cake. So many options for authentic whiskey colours. Combining two (or three) colours of Blends gives a range of different colours from the existing marker range.

Here’s a card I shared previously using blue tones (see original post here) –

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

Keep hopping to see what the rest of the crew did for this hop. Next up is my gorgeous friend Nikki Spencer who always creates something breathtaking!

Thanks for joining us today. Have a wonderful week!

Just Add Ink #557 | photo inspiration

As the weather cools here in Australia, this sleek fireplace inspiration photos is perfect for winter crafting. For those of you in the northern hemisphere, you would probably roll your eyes at the temperatures Aussies consider to be cold! It’s wood fires, beanies and blankets at less than 20 degrees for me! I love the summer and the only good things about winter weather are snuggling up inside when it’s raining outside, a change in wardrobe and a good excuse to craft because it’s too cold to be outside. And past that, it’s just a countdown til summer arrives again!

I kept it simple for today’s projects using Basic White Notecards, Bloom Where You’re Planted DSP, Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder and the Inspired Thoughts stamp set.

Inspired by the white wash of the brick wall fireplace in the photo, I ran the textured white DSP pattern through the embossing machine using the Brick & Mortar folder. It’s one of my favourites with cardstock – but wow – embossing the DSP takes it to another level! I often forget to alter DSP in any way other than cutting it. But embossing and stamping on it is a great way to add more texture.

The notecards are the perfect size for the potted delights from the DSP. Like so many of the designs, the Bloom Where You’re Planted DSP has a couple of pages that can be used as whole sheets, or can indulge a little fussy cutting.

The sentiments are from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set – one of my favourite new greeting sets from the Annual Catalogue. It has a range of sentiments including sympathy, thinking of you, congratulations, hello and thank you. I’ve cut using either the Stitched Rectangle Dies or Succulent Dies.

The art work on the plants is just divine – they are pretty enough to stand alone on a card and look amazing!

The design team have had such fun creating this week using the elements from the inspiration photo. You can see all their creations on the Just Add Ink blog. You can also share your project there and show us what you’ve been making.

Have a great Friday! It’s a long weekend in Western Australia and one of my gorgeous friend’s birthday. I’m excited to be travelling to Perth and joining her for a birthday lunch at a very fancy Perth restaurant. If there’s something that excites me as much as crafting, it’s food!!!

What a Year Memories & More

I shared a card yesterday that I made using the What a Year Memories & More cards (click here to see). That project was the inspiration for another series of cards – using more of the Memories & More cards and the Biggest Wish stamp set.

The colours and patterns of the What a Year Memories & More cards are fabulous. The combination of pinks, yellows, aqua and greens are beautiful and the designs are quirky, cool and fun!

I picked out 4 of my favourite patterns and paired them with the same elements from yesterday’s card – Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder and Biggest Wish stamp set.

Here’s a closer look…

RAINBOW

PLANTS

STRIPES

SCISSORS

Do you have a favourite? I love them all. Sometimes simple is the best!

Paper Adventures Birthdays | yellow

May was a busy birthday month for our Paper Adventures Team. I’ve continued with my yellow theme for birthday cards this month – to match a gift that I’ll keep a secret for now (don’t want to spoil it for the rest of the year’s birthdays).

These cards were made using mini cards from the What a Year Memories and More pack.

I liken these sets to another pack of DSP – albeit a little smaller and a little thicker than DSP but still with the same great designs and colours you love from Stampin’ Up! You get 52 cards (small & large) and 4 sticker sheets in the pack. No two cards are the same – so there’s lots of and lots of variety of patterns.

I picked the yellow (Bumblebee) tones from the small cards and cut each card into three 1-1/4” pieces. I’ve then layered the three different patterns onto a Basic White mat (embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder) and then onto a Bumbeebee mat, before layering this piece onto a Thick Basic White card base.

The sentiment is from the Biggest Wish stamp set – my fave in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. Bumblebee for the BIRTHDAY and Early Espresso for the ‘happy’.

Three lots of the patterned cards made three full size cards. A couple for team birthdays and a spare for the stash.

Although I loved the yellow card, I couldn’t stop creating with the Memories & More cards. Check back in tomorrow – I’ll be sharing 4 more cards using the What a Year Design and Biggest Wish stamp set.