A DSP Journey…

With the great DSP special on during October, I got inspired to go back to a favourite card design of mine where the DSP is the highlight!

I ended up going on a ‘paper adventure’ with some gorgeous patterns.

And some favourite stamp sets – Happy Birthday Gorgeous & Painted Harvest.

The colour journey started with this pretty design from the “Whole Lot of Lovely” DSP…

DSP | kelly kent

And then realised that this retired pattern from the Birthday Bouquet DSP (recently on the Clearance Rack) was a very similar pattern with a pink influence…

DSP | kelly kent

Which then reminded me of the delightful patterns in the Daisy Delight DSP…

DSP | kelly kent

And this one too…

DSP | kelly kent

So, all up in an afternoon of pottering about at my craft table, I was able to create a stack of pretty cards using gorgeous DSP.

DSP | kelly kent

Some of these cards will be sent to my friends having birthdays this month.

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Have you sent any cards this month?

It’s such a buzz to receive one – send a card and be the person to put a smile on someone’s face!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Do you need more DSP?  Here’s the designs available during the buy 3, get 1 free promotion running til 31st October 2017….

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Foil Snowflakes – I just can’t get enough of them!

The absolute winner of the 2017 Holiday Catalogue for me hasn’t been a stamp set, new framelits or even the pretty paper.

The product I am absolutely in love with is….

Foil Snowflakes!

I can’t get enough of them {you can probably tell if you subscribe to my blog or social media!} – I’ve been using them on every project that crosses my craft table at the moment.

Many of the cards I’ve used the snowflakes on, haven’t actually been Christmas cards.  The Foil Snowflakes make amazing ‘doilies’.

We’ve still got just under 3 months left of guaranteed availability – and I am very hopeful that Stampin’ Up! will decide to keep them after that!

Have you ordered a pack?  Do you love them?


This is my latest ‘snowflake’ project – a kids birthday card!

Teepee Birthday | kelly kent

I also loved using the teepee stamp on this card.

Teepee Birthday | kelly kent

It comes from “Little One” – a stamp set designed for baby cards.  But it’s perfect for this fun 3rd birthday card.

Teepee Birthday | kelly kent

After blogging a few cards lately with Foil Snowflakes, I thought I’d look back and see all the ways I’ve used them so far…

Foil Snowflakes | kelly kent

1 baby card
1 anniversary card
3 birthday cards
3 Christmas cards

What occasion should I ‘snowflake’ next???

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing a Coffee Card

I hit up the catalogue this week for a card using the Coffee Cafe stamp set.

Do you ever use your catalogue for inspiration?

CASEing refers to “Copy And Share Everything” or “Copy And Selectively Edit”.

When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, the Annual Catalogues were marketed as ‘ideas books’.  And it’s such a good description.

The pages are filled with ideas for colour combinations, layouts, techniques & other ways you can use your Stampin’ Up! supplies.

This gorgeous photo shows so many ideas for the Coffee Break Suite…

Coffee Break Designer Series Paper

Cards inspired from the catalogue can either be a direct copy of what you see, a mix of elements or a starting point for your own creation.

Coffee Break | kelly kent

My finished card used the layout at the right of the catalogue photo, the DSP background from the card above it and added some copper heat embossing & woodgrain textured embossing (which I have realise as I write this, is not longer current!).

Coffee Break | kelly kent

If you already love using the catalogue for inspiration, or if it’s a new concept to you, you might want to join our CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

Each week we select a catalogue category or theme and set a challenge for you to ‘CASE’ the catalogue.

I find my best creations often come out of challenges!

Be inspired!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Creating Kindness Blog Hop | Guest Designer

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Hello – I’m tickled pink to be hopping with the Creating Kindness Design Team this month.

The theme for this hop is ‘Colour Inspiration’.  I can’t wait for you to see what inspires all these wonderful crafters.

For me, it’s all about pink in this house.  It’s a 3-1 ratio (4-1 if we’re counting the dog!), with Mr Papercraft being seriously outnumbered.

And girl power around here means pink!

A couple of years ago we transformed one of our bedrooms into a pink paradise and bought new bed linen for the girls.

Bedroom Makeover | kelly kent

{I think they like it!}

I had such fun searching for designs that matched the vision in my mind for pretty & pink.  Given the intensity of the walls, I wanted lots of white in there too.

After a long search (and a little luck), I found two gorgeous designs – and it’s one of these beautiful patterns that have inspired my colours & card designs for today.

This is the reverse side which started the colour journey…

Bedroom Transformation | kelly kent

From this, I took the three gorgeous bright colours – and these are my inspiration colours for my project…

And this is the front side – which formed the concept & design part of my card…

Bedroom Transformation | kelly kent

Although I love the silhouette effect of the gray amongst all the colour, I wanted to bring this design to life.

So, in full colour, this is my card…

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

When I’ve made this style of card previously (which I love!), I’ve called it a flip-flop card.  I’m not sure if that’s still what crafters are calling it!

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

It’s a great design that folds out and you write in the middle panel.

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

The bottom layer is my favourite of this card – handmade DSP using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and modelled on the reverse of the quilt cover.

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

Look at all those fun shapes!

My other favourite part is the bike on the front from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.

I just love how it all comes together and the inspiration from the front of the quilt for the heart balloon posy….

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

All up this was such a fun card to make – and all because of the bright and vibrant colours.

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

For more colourful inspiration, please visit the gorgeous Maria Willis.

Creating Kindness Blog Hop

The full list of participants:
Jay Soriano
Jenny Hall
Kelly Kent { YOU ARE HERE }
Maria Willis
Carolynn Sander
Cheryll Miller
Danielle Bennenk
Marcy Denning
Jessie Holton

Thanks to the Creating Kindness DT for having me!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew | Beautiful You

Hey there!  Thanks for joining us for this edition of the Stamp Review Crew.

You’re hopping with an international line-up of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, all creating with the same stamp set.

Currently, you’re with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

I’m nestled in between two lovely roses from the US – Linda Callahan before me and Heidi Baks after me.  Click on the ‘next’ button below to visit Heidi when you’re done with my projects.

Today’s stamp set is the very popular Beautiful You…

We first saw this at the Brisbane OnStage event in November 2016 and there was a very collective ‘ooooo’ around the auditorium.

Since it’s release, there have been some truly beautiful and very innovative cards made with this set.

You’re going to love the fresh eyes the Stamp Review Crew bring to it today!


I’ve decided to combine it with the newly released “Beachy Little Christmas” stamp set.

The beach shack stamp is just perfect for the dancing/cartwheeling lady.  She’s my favourite – so carefree & happy!

The first concept has been swirling around in my mind for over a week now and was such fun to bring to life!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

It has a shaker portion within the card front, the lady dancing across the card and the shacks peeking through from the middle!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

I’ve stamped one of my favourite sentiments from the set in Black Archival ink directly onto the Window Sheet.

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

This is the middle of the card – the shaker section is hidden by a third panel which I folded into the middle of the card.

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

How cute are those beach shacks all lined up?

Once this card was finished, it inspired me to make another card, with similar elements, but not the shaker section.

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

I’m actually tempted to say I like this one better… Isn’t it funny how things sometimes come together out of nowhere!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

I stamped the lady first and then used the masking technique to block her out while I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up the beach shacks.

The colouring was done using ink pads & an Aqua Painter – my preferred way of colouring.  So quick, easy & forgiving!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent


Thanks for joining me for today’s hop.

Next up is the lovely Heidi Baks & her fabulous use of the Beautiful stamp set.

If you’re visiting from Australia and need any stamping supplies, I can help you out in my online store.

A full list of supplies for my cards is featured below.

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Just Add Ink #379 | Photo Inspiration

It’s time for another Just Add Ink challenge.

Today the gorgeous Just Add Ink design team are creating all kinds of wonderful projects based on this oh-so-pretty inspiration photo…

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And we want you to join in too!!!  Upload your creation inspired by any element of the photo (colours, theme, patterns) to the Just Add Ink blog.

Each week we choose a winner and two honorable mentions.  I tell you, it’s such a buzz to have your project chosen!  Share your creativity with us!


I took inspiration from the patterns and colours of the jug of that beautiful summery drink.

I am dreaming of days where it will be warm enough in Bunbury to enjoy weather suited to pitchers of fruity drinks!  It’s so cold at the moment!!!  Spring has not sprung in the south west of Australia!

Still, while the sun is only trying to shine, I can grow my own pretty flowers!

Just Add Ink #379 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

One of the thing I love most about the Painted Harvest stamp set is the number of different colours you can stamp it in!

I am yet to see a colour that I don’t like.  Blue flowers look totally amazing – I’m keen to try that out!!!

Just Add Ink #379 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

These flowers are stamped in Rose Red, Melon Mambo & Sweet Sugarplum with a SSP & Blushing Bride centre.

This stamp is designed to as 2-step stamping.   I like to add a few extra layers to keep the colours interesting!!!

Thanks for joining me today!  You can see all the design team cards on the Just Add Ink blog.

If you need any stamping supplies, and live in Australia, I’d love to be your demonstrator.

Visit my online store for a fabulous range of products including the gorgeous Painted Harvest stamp set.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, I am aware of my inability to use any other sentiment that the ‘happy birthday’ from Sunshine Sayings stamp set – trust me, I’ve tried – but it really is perfect for my style of cards!!!  I’m looking through the catalogue for my next order to add some variety!


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Beachy Little Christmas

In the same theme as yesterday’s post, I want to share another stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue that lends itself to a number of different occasions.

Today it’s all about Beachy Little Christmas…

This set was modelled on some of our iconic beachy images here in Australia.

In a catalogue full of snowflakes, it’s a great alternative option – perfect for our summery climate at this time of the year.

The stamp set comes with Christmas-like sentiments, so the first card I’m sharing is for Christmas.

I’ve used a colour theme that screams ‘beach’ to me – Sahara Sand, Pool Party & Whisper White.

The background is made using the faux woodgrain technique on glossy white cardstock, but in beachy colours – Soft Sky base and Pool Party & Bermuda Bay streaks – to emulate a water scene.

Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

All those gorgeous pastels!!!  I love non-traditional Christmas card colours!

Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent


The second card uses the same colours, but this time I’ve left off the sentiment and used it as a birthday card.

Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder is a great coordinating products for the beach shack stamp.

Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

I’m always on the lookout for multiple options for the stamp sets I buy.  I want to know that I’m adding value and creativity to my stash.

I’m hopeful that many Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and customers will purchase the Beachy Little Christmas stamp set and support the efforts from the corporate design team for the Christmas range to be inclusive of all geographical areas.  Fingers crossed for a surfing Santa or 6 White Boomers stamp in a future design!!!

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Happy September Birthday Paper Adventurers!

It’s birthday time again – can you believe of 365 days of the year, two of our team share the same birthday!!!

Happy Birthday to Kerry & Anne who will both be celebrating this weekend.

I’m still loving using our beautiful DSP to make necklaces – and then of course coordinating cards.

Both cards are a tri fold with a belly band.

I cut the cardstock at 5-7/8″ longways and then scored at 4″ & 8-1/2, with the remaining portion making up the front flap.

For Kerry, I went soft & subtle and used the A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP…

A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP | kelly kent

For Anne, I chose the warm colours of the Painted Harvest DSP…

Painted Harvest DSP | kelly kent

If you’d like to make your own necklaces, this wonderful supplier was recommended by a SU! friend. (Eeek – last time I checked the site was down for maintenance.  Hopefully it’ll be open for your orders again soon!).

There’s a great special on DSP due to start in October.  So, if you’ve enjoyed some of the patterns from your paper stack, October will be a great time to add some full packs to your collection.

Have a great weekend ladies!  May there be many moments of celebration and lots of happy memories made!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew | Merry Cafe

Welcome to a blog hop featuring a team of talented international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that blog together on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month and showcase one stamp set from the current Stampin’ Up! range.

You’re currently visiting with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, in the south west corner of Australia.

If you’re already hopping, then I’m sure you loved what my friend Tanya Boser made.  Please keep hopping after me to visit Cindy Elam in the US!!!

What’s the theme today, I hear you ask?

We are all sharing projects that feature the Merry Cafe stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

This stamp set is only $30 (Australian currency) and is a perfect compliment to the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cups Framelits.

There’s a fabulous range of applications for this stamp set from Christmas to Halloween, fall (autumn), love, get well & all those cute picture stamps.  This set has 29 stamps in total!

I just love the font for the Merry & Christmas stamps, so this was my starting point to create some cute little gold embossed tags using the new Everyday Label punch…

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

The punch has a bottom curve as part of the design, but I wanted a flat bottom, so I just lined up the punch along the bottom edge of the cardstock to create a unique shape.

I finished the tags with a strip of Be Merry DSP (which you can find in the Annual Catalogue).

Everyday Label Punch | kelly kent

After the cute little tags, I went in a completely different direction for my other 2 projects.

I wanted to show how versatile this stamp set is going to be all year round….

For this card, I’ve teamed it up with the gorgeous ‘hello’ stamp set from the “Hello Friend” stamp set.

The Merry Cafe pieces formed the decoration for the panel on the left….

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

It’s so easy to create your own cute patterned cardstock with all the little stamps in the Merry Cafe stamp.

They are designed to be 2 layer images, but I used them independently to create solid shapes & outlines.

Do you love the colours?  I love gray with almost any combination.  Here I’ve matched it with Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay.


The last project uses the petite ‘perk up’ coffee cup from the Merry Cafe stamp set but I’ve masked out the ‘perk up’ and put in the “par-tea in a cup” stamp to turn it into a birthday card.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

Just a CAS (clean & simple) card with cute colours & a rocking sentiment!  It doesn’t always have to be fancy.


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  I had so much fun designing them – there’s so much potential in this stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

For more great inspiration, hop over to visit Cindy Elam and her delightful project…

Thanks for sharing in what we all love to do!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge

Hello & welcome to another Just Add Ink Challenge.

#377 is a colour combination chosen for us by Rochelle.

My design team friends are loving Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party this week!  Today it’s paired with Dapper Denim.

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I love these three colours, but together they were a wee challenge – but that’s what it’s all about, right?

I decided to stick with simple – lots of white space to balance those colours!

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with 2 new catalogues in the space of 4 months, so it’s sometimes refreshing and stabilising to go back to old favourites.

Many of the products I’ve used in this card are carryover favourites from the previous Annual Catalogue.

Sheltering Tree stamp set, Classic Label Punch, Sunshine Sayings stamp set and the new for 2017 embossing folder – Garden Trellis.

I also realised when I was writing this post up, that despite making this card & my Colour INKspiration card at different times of the week, they have quite similar features!  I definitely have a style!!!

I am forever hopeful that it’s a love of this style that keeps you visiting & subscribing!


One of my go-to techniques for using embossing folders is to emboss the whole card – not just the front.

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

This means you need to add an extra piece of cardstock on the inside for writing on, but I love the luxurious feel of both the extra embossing and the matted inside.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my same-same-but-different Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party card today.

For more beautiful cards using these three colours, pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the design team cards.

While you are there, you may also want to join the challenge by uploading your own Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party & Dapper Denim creation.

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit me!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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