Peekaboo Window Card | Hippo Birthday 2 Ewe!

I’m sharing another birthday card today -it’s been a wonderful week of celebrations.

When the new catalogue first released, the Hippo Happiness bundle was one of my top picks.  It’s even better in person than the catalogue! It has super cute animal images and amazing dies to complement – and so much potential for fun projects.

The Peekaboo Window fold for this card was inspired by Chris Slogar.  You can see her post by clicking here.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

It’s a regular card base with a peekaboo feature and a fold out centre – the perfect combination to be able to have the hippo and sheep take part in the ‘hippo birthday 2 ewe’ birthday greeting pun.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The layering on the dies in the Hippo & Friends set is so pretty!  The “stitched” element is my favourite finish for dies.  I’ve used the baby wipe technique for stamping the hippo – Gorgeous Grape & Magenta Madness ink on a baby wipe, but with a shimmery twist as I spritzed the baby wipe with a mix of Frost White Shimmer Paint & Isocol before inking up the stamp.  This gave the hippo a marbled effect with a shimmery finish.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The inside layer is stamped repetitively using the ‘hippo birthday’ sentiment from the Hippo Happiness stamp set in Mint Macaron ink.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The very inside of the card finished off the birthday pun with the sheep (‘ewe’).

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The balloons are all stamped using the baby wipe technique & shimmer paint/Isocol mix.  The sheep is stamped in Smoky Slate & Basic Gray.  All the animals have two parts that make them up, which adds a great level of detail.

Colours for this card are:

Card Base: Magenta Madness
Card Front: Rainbow Glimmer
Card Labels: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Whisper White
Card Insert: Whisper White, Just Jade, Flowers for Every Season DSP

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The whole card front in the new Rainbow Glimmer is a little indulgent, but the colours are so spectacular and the recipient is worth it!  It’s a great way to show off the wonderful colour change and perfect for the cuteness of the hippo!

Sparkly wishes for a great week!

 

Accordion Card | DIY Colouring

A gorgeous family friend had her birthday last week.  I always like to design custom cards when I can and with this little miss loving Kawaii characters, a cute colouring card seemed like the perfect option.

Kawaii is the culture of cute in Japan, typified by the sweetest characters and a rainbow of pastel colours.  One of the most popular characters is Pusheen – a cartoon cat who was first designed for comics and now appears in books, stationary and clothing.  Pusheen is the star of my colouring card.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

This card style was adapted from the accordion card I made earlier in the month.  You can see the full post by clicking here.

This version has a slightly longer accordion section to allow room for the pencils on the right side.  Adapted measurements for the accordion pull out: 4 3/4″ x 11-1/2″, score at 1″, 3-1/2″, 6″, 8-1/2″ and 10″.

The panels from left to right on the fold out will be 1-1/2″, 1-1/2″, 2-1/2″, 2-1/2″, 2-1/2″ & 1″.  The 1″ panel has holes for the string to tie in the pencils and is adhered to the card base layer.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

The black and white images for this card are all Pusheen themed colouring pages I found via Google and printed on Whisper White cardstock.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

I coloured in the back page using Stampin’ Blends (Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette*). *retired colour

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

Rather than cover this up, I attached the accordion fold only at the right edge and decorated both sides.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

The DSP is one of the new patterns from the 2020 edition of the colour stacks.  Highland Heather, So Saffron & Balmy Blue.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

Rather than a sentiment that was stuck on the to card, I used a mini clip (from a previous catalogue and recently available on the Clearance Rack) to attach a Birthday Wishes label.  The die is from the Hippo & Friends Dies and the sentiment is from the Fancy Phrases stamp set.

This card was fun to make and was a hit with the birthday girl!!!  Thank you for letting me share it with you.

Have a great week!

 

 

 

Blossoms in Bloom

Do you remember the first time you saw stamping in action?  It was 2010 for me and I was pregnant with Little Miss Papercraft #1.  A friend asked me if I wanted to come to a Stampin’ Up! workshop her Mum was hosting.  With no papercraft experience, but nothing better to do that weekend, I joined the fun – and boy did I enjoy it!  I was a smitten kitten and that was the start of the journey to here.

On the weekend I had the pleasure of being able to share the wonder of making something creative using stamps, ink & paper with a lovely group of ladies who were mostly new to stamping.

This is the make & take project we completed using the Blossoms in Bloom stamp and Flowers for Every Season DSP.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

We stamped the large flower stamp in Bumblebee ink and two of the smaller flowers in Magenta Madness – both with Early Espresso centres.  All the flower were fussy cut with Paper Snips.  The leaves are stamped onto the Whisper White layer in Just Jade ink.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp too – stamped in Magenta Madness ink.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I love this stamp set!  It has beautiful dies to go with it, but I’m loving making the floral stamps the highlight of the card. Click here to see the card I made using Misty Moonlight (blue) flowers where I stamped one piece of cardstock and created two cards!!!

To place an order and add to your Stampin’ Up! collection, visit my online store.  To book a workshop in the Bunbury area for you and your friends (and earn free products with qualifying orders), contact me via email or Facebook.

I hope your week involves lots of smiles!

ESAD Blog Hop | 2020 Annual Catalogue

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for another ESAD Blog Hop.

The theme today is 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and it’s going to be a wonderful journey through some new catalogue favourites.  Demonstrators had a period of time to pre-order from a selected list of new catalogue items during May.  From 3rd June, we’ve been able to order from the entire catalogue, so I’m excited to see what people are making with the products they were desperate to get their hands on.

I had a few bundles and accessories which I was super excited to get hold of (see here for my top picks from the catalogue), but there’s always a whole category for me that’s a must have – and that’s the DSP.

Once again the new patterns haven’t disappointed and I’m loving the range of florals, patterns & textiles that we can play with for the next 11 months.  It’s always hard to choose an absolute favourite, but two of the patterns that have most tickled my fancy are the animal designs – Whale of a Time and Playful Pets.  I shared the cute whale and turtle designs on Friday (see here if you missed it).

Today I’m sharing a One Sheet Wonder card set made using Playful Pets DSP.  I wanted a dog theme so the 6″x6″ page is the dog acessories page (bone, paw print, bowl & collar).  I’ve used more of the DSP as embellishments (there’s two pages filled with different types of dogs) – fussy cutting out the cute canines to be the highlight of the cards.

Using the images from DSP as features on cards saves me so much time because the colouring is already perfect!  I just need to spend a little time fussy cutting (which I don’t mind) and it’s all ready to put together.

The cardstock base is Gray Granite (despite looking very much like Crumb Cake in these photos) with Early Espresso mats and Real Red accents.

Here’s a look at each card…

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

I used sentiment stamps from Peaceful Moments (happy birthday), Massive Thanks (thank you) & Forever Fern (hello), leaving the fourth card blank for an all occasion option.

Here’s the template for the One Sheet Wonder (you can see the original post with instructions by clicking here).

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Half of the designs in the Playful Pets pack are cat themed.  Should I make another one sheet wonder for all the cat lovers???  

The reverse side of this pack has awesome black, white & red patterns.  It’s a fabulous mix and ready to create amazing projects!


For more temptation and new catalogue inspiration, keep hopping along.  I’m last on the list, but be sure to click through to my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson if you didn’t start at the beginning.  If there’s any broken links or missing posts, use the full participant list the bottom of this post to navigate through.

Have a marvellous week!!!

Blog participant list

  1. Nicole Wilson
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Libby Dyson
  5. Lauren Meiklejohn
  6. Narelle Fasulo
  7. Jenny Hayward
  8. Maria Henderson
  9. Sharni Haines
  10. Monique Fielder
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Kayla McCreadie
  13. Rebecca Scurr
  14. Bronwyn Eastley
  15. Lynsey McCord
  16. Cathy Pinchbeck
  17. Melissa Gifford
  18. Kelly Kent

Just Add Ink #508 | Add “F”

Hello! How are you loving the new catalogue? I’m super excited to show you some things I’ve been making with my new supplies, but for the Just Add Ink challenge this week, I couldn’t go past sharing a ‘favourite’ character for a ‘fourth’ birthday for the Just Add
“F” theme.

I can’t wait to see what you all create with this theme. There’s so many options – flowers, ferns, frogs, fish, Flirty Flamingo… and I know you’ll think of more! To join the challenge, share your project photo on the link up gallery over at the Just Add Ink blog.

It’s been a while since I shared some character punch art. I almost didn’t make this little gal, but as she is a favourite around here at the moment, it was time!

I know those of you with young children watching cartoons will recognise Bluey from her tv show. There’s something so real and relatable about the story lines and characters from Bluey that they’ve become a favourite across Australia.

I’d be lying if I said this was an easy punch art project, though having put her together once, it would be much easier to do it a second time. Here’s the breakdown of the pieces I used:

You can see that quite a lot of Bluey is free hand cutting, but the Jar Punch was a great starting point – both to get a good size for Bluey, but also the rounded corners. Once you’ve attached your large spots, cut the jar shape again to get a round shape top and bottom. The ridges on the jar were helpful for her hand/arm and the Forever Flourishing Dies provided fantastic shapes for the tail, eyebrows and smaller spots.

The other supplies used for this card were the retired Large Numbers Dies for the “four”, banner from Bonanza Dies and Starburst Punch. Current supplies were the Rectangle Stitched Framelits and 2020-2022 In Color DSP.

Colours for Bluey were Balmy Blue, Soft Sky (retired), Night of Navy, So Saffron, Whisper White and Basic Black.

If you have a little Bluey fan in your house, have a go at making your own version of Bluey! There’s always a messy desk when I’m making punch art, but the end result is worth the chaos!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Fancy Fold | Theatre Card

I was spoilt with so many beautiful birthday cards for my birthday. One of them was made by my mum and was a gorgeous Theatre Card using my favourite DSP (Best Dressed). Tracing back some of the examples shared on Pinterest, I think the original designer was Lolascrap. You can see her post, including measurements & instructions by clicking here.

I have the pleasure of sharing my birthday with my mother-in-law. This works out well for my husband who has one less date to remember (or ends badly if he forgets!!

This is my version of a Theatre Card, made for my mother-in-law, using the soon to be retired Mosaic Mood DSP. This has been a firm favourite of mine and this style of card seemed like the perfect way to show it off one last time!

Like all great fancy folds, this design folds flats and fits into a normal envelope. But when you pull the middle layers outwards, it opens up to reveal a beautiful centre.

Like so many recent DSP patterns, these designs are easy to fussy cut and include as the main artwork in cards. The happy birthday sentiment is from the also retiring I Say Hello stamp set.

The slide feature is so clever on this card. It can be displayed as a stage card or opened up with the front frame taken off.

This style of card gives you lots of space to show off all the prettiness of the DSP!

The writing panel for this card is best placed on the back , which gave me a great way to add another beautiful hummingbird.

And then it fold flat again for posting.

I love receiving cards with new folds and deconstructing them to see the inner workings – but don’t tell anyone that or they won’t send me fun cards anymore!!!

Hope you are finding some time to be crafty this week!

One Sheet Wonder Template | 6″ x 6″

Since the introduce of social distancing, our Paper Adventures Team has switched our team meetings to Zoom.  Team members have prepped a project set and completed it in the comfort of their craft room while chatting with others on Zoom.  The first meeting we used the Double Wonder One Sheet Wonder template. Click here to see the cards I made.

Last night’s meeting we chose templates for One Sheet Wonders using 6″ x 6″ DSP.  As always, the team made some amazing cards!  Having had the benefit of using templates by others, I thought I’d create one for this project to share.

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

This template make 4 cards in portrait orientation, but you could definitely alter the template to create them in landscape, or a mix of both.  If you use two 6″ x 6″ pieces of DSP, then you’ll be able to mix & match the pieces and create 8 cards with a variety of patterns.  Your creativity knows no limits!!!

You will need:

  • 1 x 6″x6″ DSP
  • 2 x sheets A4 cardstock cut & scored in half to make 4 card bases
  • 1 x sheet A4 cardstock for DSP mats (approx 7″ x 8-1/4″ – you can also use scraps)

Here’s the cutting template for the DSP

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Cut the DSP into 3 segments by cutting the first panel at 1-1/2″, then the second panel at 3″ (leaving a third panel at 1-1/2″).  Then cut the first panel at 5-7/8″ to create a long strip for card A, the middle panel into one 3″ segment to get a 3″ x 3″ square for card B and then three 1″ strips for card C and finally, cut the end segment into 1-1/2″ squares for card D.

Card Mats:

Card A                   1-5/8″ x 5-7/8″

Card B                   3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

Card C                   3-1/4″ x 3-3/6″

Card D                   3-3/6″ x 3-3/6″

Here’s a close up of each card for the Parisian Blossoms DSP –

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD A

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD B

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD C

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD D

The colours for this set are Gray Granite for the card bases, Basic Gray for the card mats and Petal Pink for the sentiment labels.    I’ve embellished with a touch of retired Powder Pink ribbon, stamps from the Peaceful Moments stamp set and Stitched So Sweetly Dies. The sentiments are heat embossed in white & black.

Like all the One Sheet Wonder templates I’ve used, I found this fun to create pretty cards with minimal fuss (or time!).  This template works well for a DSP with an intricate pattern, so you can let the detail in the DSP stand out as an artwork.  Or use a less detailed DSP and add your own embellishments!

Here’s another set I created using the Lily Impressions DSP.  This pattern from the pack was my favourite!  The colours for this set are Whisper White for the card bases, Blackberry Bliss for the card mats and Coastal Cabana for the sentiment label.  The stamp set is Peaceful Moments in Blackberry Bliss ink or white heat embossing.

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

I’d love to see your creations with this template!

Happy stamping!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | CASEing the Birthday Girl

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Happy Birthday to ….. ME!  It’s my birthday today and I’m blessed to be spending some of it blogging with my stamping family.  These ladies are such a wonderful part of my life and I’m so grateful to have them with me in this part of my papercraft journey.  This is the perfect way to celebrate!

Because it’s my birthday (well birth “month” actually – because … why not!!) I’ve asked the team to CASE the Birthday Girl!    So, the team have chosen designs I’ve shared on my blog and put their own spin on it.

We’re lucky to be joined by the super talented Tanya Rees.  Her style is gorgeous (and she is too!).

My blog started in October 2013 and in my very first post I shared a baby sampler I’d made for friend’s new little man.  It used Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White – still one of my favourite ombre colour choices to this date.

The second project I shared was a card using the cult classic Owl Punch.  Although long retired, I still have mine in my collection.  This was one of the first builder punches Stampin’ Up! produced and resulted in many punch art creations that were not actually owls!!!

This is the first card I blogged and the one I have decided to CASE today and do a 2020 version…

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Using the same layout and colours and 6 more years of experience playing with paper, stamps and inks, here is the update –

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I love the finesse of the Bird Ballad DSP.  It takes a little patience to fussy around around the images, but that is time well spent to add a beautifully coloured artwork to the front of my card.  The striking yellow for this card is from the Best Dressed DSP.  I’ve had this on my desk, waiting patiently to be used.  Yellow is such a wonderfully happy colour!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

The top note shape of my original card has been replaced with a scalloped stitched rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and stamped with Birthday Wishes from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Although I like both yellow and green, my tastes over the years have changed and current style often features one strong colour with a neutral.  So I’ve done another update, and changed the card up to a Petal Pink & Sahara Sand that is much more my 2020 style!  Time will tell what my 2026 style will be!!!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Isn’t it funny how colour trends, our personal style and what’s available in the catalogue influence what we make across the years!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I love this layout and I’m thinking I should go back and do this for more of my cards with some of the new products coming out in June!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

These birds are just the sweetest – and really do make it so easy to add prettiness to your cards!  Last I checked, this DSP is still available in the online store – and at a discount!  Click here to visit.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I’d love it, as a birthday gift to me, if you could visit all of the blogs on the hop and leave a little message for my wonderful team.  It’s so nice to hear that people are reading our blogs and enjoying what we are sharing!

The next blog from here is our guest designer, Tanya Rees, who makes stunning cards!!

Thank you for being part of my birthday!

 

Participant List:

Kelly Kent
Tanya Rees (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Shannon Kissane
Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi
Sheila Pybus

Social Stamping Blog Host | Family

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for week 7 of the Social Stamping Blog Host.

You can see previous weeks of the Blog Host by clicking on the themes below:
Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation

This week we are sharing projects inspired by the theme ‘family’.  With social distancing and travel restrictions in place, I know of lots of my friends that are missing family.  The borders between regions are closed in WA, which means many families living in different regions are unable to travel to see each other.  With this being the likely case for the next 2 months, I’m excited to see the projects on this hop and use them for inspiration to send some happy mail to family who I can’t see.

It’s also Mother’s Day tomorrow here in Australia, so you might see a special project or two for Mums.  Sending lots of love to all the Mums celebrating tomorrow – either with their family or thinking of their family.  A time will come when we can all be together again.  Until then, lets send some paper hugs!

Below is the master list of participants.  Click on the designers below to see their project. Some bloggers may link to the next blog, but to keep things simple, this was an optional requirement.

 

Participant list | “family”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Mandy Depiazzi

Social Stamping | Family

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The theme for today’s Social Stamping is ‘family’. Family is my number one priority (followed closely by stamping!) and the most important thing in my life.  I also believe that you choose amazing people (or they choose you!) and they become your chosen family.

With the rapid changes, intense global shift and uncertainty that has been the last 2 months, it’s been easy to become overwhelmed, and I am very grateful for the support and steadiness of my tribe of both family and chosen family over this time.  There’s nothing like a pandemic with social distancing, home schooling and job changes to force an evaluation of what and who are important.

My stamping friends joining in today have great inspiration for projects you can make and send to loved ones.  They’d love for you to use their creations to inspire creativity in your own craft room, but please give credit to the original designer.


My project was made for a special lady who is having a birthday in isolation after a very tough couple of months.  A friend reached out and asked her network to shower her Mum with happy mail, so while this project wasn’t made for someone in my family, there’s some very special family love happening here.  One of the cliche sayings of the COVID situations is that ‘we’re all in this together’ – and we really are!

I’m not sure what this style of card is called – in my head I’m calling it a Card on Card Fun Fold.  The base of this card is just one layer, and then the folded card sits on top.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

The birthday girl’s favourite colours are pink and orange and she loves flowers – so I let this guide the choices of DSP (Peaceful Poppies) and cardstock for this project.  The card base is Lovely Lipstick – such a bright & fun pink to play with!  The flower is Pumpkin Pie with Rich Razzleberry leaves, cut using the Poppy Moments Dies and layered on a Stitched So Sweetly Die cut.  The sentiment (Peaceful Moments stamp set) is stamped in Lovely Lipstick.

I wanted my happy mail to contain some extra love, so I made a note card set to go with it.  For this, I adapted the Pop Out Purse card made by Lou Kitzelman.  You can see Lou’s blog post with more information by clicking here.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

The ‘bones’ of the card remained the same, but instead of adding a purse to the middle, I added a center panel on to the pop out element.  This style of fancy fold has so many possibilities.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

I also added pockets to the side two panels – one for cute little 3″x 3″ Envelopes and one for 3″ cards that I made featuring poppies to coordinate with my overall theme.

Here’s a close up of the note card set including envelopes stamped with the poppy field stamp from the Painted Poppies stamp set.  I picked colours that matched the DSP – Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Lovely Lipstick & Flirty Flamingo.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

With the pop out centre panel, I was able to attach a pen to complete the set.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

And then it all folds in and ties with a Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon for easy storage until needed.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

I’ve always loved the matchy-matchy of a project set – a card with coordinating gift is such a delight!

If you’re stuck for a last minute gift to make your Mum this Mother’s Day (tomorrow in Australia), this might be a great crafty project for you today!  Your gift set can include anything from note cards to tags to post it notes.  Let your creativity run wild!  For the base template, you’ll need Lou’s amazing tutorial with step-by-step instructions and full colour pictures.  It comes in a bundle with 3 other fabulous tutorials by The Dimensionals.  Click here to purchase the full tutorial and support some wonderful bloggers.


There’s a wonderful array of clever designers and amazing projects to follow on this hop, so keep clicking on the next button to visit.  Click here to see the full list of participants.

My next link to take you to the gorgeous Leonie Stuart.

Thank you for joining us today, we love being able to share with you.  Thank you to my network of stamping friends, many of who are part of my chosen family and their friendships are extremely valuable!