A Good Idea Should Be Shared!

I don’t get lots of time to spend on Pinterest or Instagram, but I still love the 5 minutes I’m able to grab here & there – it’s always such a wonderful source of inspiration!

Some I pin/save for the pure joy of seeing the project, some I store for ideas in the future and some are instant loves that I want to play with straight away.

A card I saw during the week by my gorgeous friend Holly Stene was an instant love!  You can see Holly’s card here.

I changed up a few things, but total credit goes to Holly for this design!  I love everything Holly shares – she’s amazing!

 

7th Birthday Card | kelly kent

Credit for the clever use of the ‘th’ from the Happy Birthday thinlit goes to Teneale Williams – another of my favourite designers.  You can see Teneale’s project here.

7th Birthday Card | kelly kent

The layout of this card is fun!  I almost never think to put things on an angle!  And repetitive stamping is awesome!!!

7th Birthday Card | kelly kent

There’s a bit of the old (retired Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set) and a bit of the new (upcoming SAB gift – Bubbles & Fizz DSP) and some fun current favourites including the Five for All stamp set with that great happy birthday sentiment!

Thanks to Holly & Teneale for taking the time to share their creativity!

Sometimes you just need that starting point!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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New Stampin’ Up! is just around the corner!

It’s the 1st December and that means… Occasions catalogue pre-order!!!

There’s thousands of eager demonstrators around the world pouring over their new catalogue and selecting the items they first want to own from the 2018 Occasions catalogue.

I can’t wait to be able to show you the inside pages of the catalogue!

But for now, it’ll just have to be sneak peeks of what I’m making!

The theme of the new catalogue for me is ‘pretty’.  There’s lots of florals, pretty colour combinations and sweet images….

Like the birds from the Flying Home stamp set!

Occasions 2018 Flying Home | kelly kent

We made this sweet card at a demo class last month so I could show my team this gorgeous set that I got as part of my CentreStage experience.

Occasions 2018 Flying Home | kelly kent

We coloured the bird houses with the Stampin’ Blends.  They glide on – making colouring a dream!

Occasions 2018 Flying Home | kelly kent

The pretty paper is from the Sweet Soiree DSP.  Each sweet contains silver detail – it’s gorgeous!!!   And the sentiment?  You’re going to love the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set!

You might be happy to wait until 3rd January 2018 for new supplies but if you can’t wait, then join our Paper Adventures team.  You can add Occasions catalogue items to your Starter Kit ($169 for $235 of products with free shipping)!  And then enjoy a 20% discount on all your favourite Stampin’ Up! all the way through Sale-A-Bration 2018.

Click here to join the fun!

I’m ordering catalogues today.  If you’ve shopped with me in the past 6 months, I’ll make sure you receive one.  If you live in Australia, don’t have a demonstrator and would like a catalogue, please let me know and I’ll send one your way.

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Just Add Ink #385 | Sketch

If you’re reading this as it goes live, I will be spending some time at the airport – on my way to OnStage in Melbourne.

I feel oh-so-lucky to be attending the event, spending the weekend with my team and getting a sneak peek at the new catalogue.

Tonight’s Just Add Ink theme is a sketch by Kim.

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Make sure you stop by the JAI blog to see the amazing creations the Design Team has come up with!

I took some liberties with this sketch (I’m either completely literal or a bit loose!) to fit an idea I had for a birthday card.

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

I turned the circle into a heart and used ribbon for the banner elements.

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

And of course some bling!!!

The sentiment words are from the World’s Greatest Trophy stamp set.  I was so excited when this appeared in the Annual Catalogue – it’s great to have people words on hand (like ‘wife’.. this card was made for my Dad to give my Mum for her birthday).

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

The heart was made using Washi Tape laid across Whisper White cardstock and then cut using a pretty heart from the Sweet & Sassy set of dies.

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting to see my JAI project this week.

If you’re excited to see new things, check in with me next week for some OnStage posts!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew | Eastern Beauty

I’m so excited for the first Stamp Review Crew hop of November.  You are hopping with an international group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who share projects using the same stamp set on the first and third Monday of each month.

If you’re already travelling, you’ve landed here in Bunbury, Australia from the lovely Stesha Bloodhart from the US.  Next blog is back to the US to visit Holly Stene.  If there’s any kinks in the first couple of hours, pop back later.  We try to get them sorted as quick as possible!

Today’s theme is the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

Sometimes when a stamp set has been around for a while, new inspiration is just what’s needed to give a stamp set a new lease on life!

The Eastern Palace suite was available as a pre-order during April this year, and then launched in the Annual Catalogue in June, so it’s a wonderful time to revisit and see what ideas the Crew can share with us.


When a stamp set comes as part of a product suite, it can be easy to get stuck in the colours & styling of the suite.

So, for my blog hop project, I wanted to take it in a totally different direction.

I’ve channelled a little bit of our faithful leader – Tanya Boser’s styling, and this is what I’ve come up with…

Stamp Review Crew Eastern Beauty | kelly kent

It’s a birthday card for my Mum (who will probably see it here before I wish her a happy birthday in person today!) – Happy Birthday Mum (aka Nanna Papercraft!).

I’ve used the 6 point flower stamp in full strength to stamp the outline, and then used the solid image created by flipping the stamp over and using the ‘back’ of the stamp as a stamp to add colour over the flower.

Stamp Review Crew Eastern Beauty | kelly kent

It was such a fun technique and can be used for any photopolymer stamp that has a symmetrical shape and doesn’t have the middle cut out.  I have no idea if it has an official name, but I’m calling this technique “reverse side stamping”.

The colours used for this card:
*first colour is the flower, second colour is the colour fill (stamped off )

Sweet Sugarplum & Blushing Bride
Crushed Curry & Daffodil Delight
Island Indigo & Bermuda Bay

The fun sentiment is from the Big On Birthdays stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew Eastern Beauty | kelly kent

It was fun to make a card that looked so different to all the other cards I’d made using this suite.

I can’t wait for you to see all the other fun ideas on this hop.

Please visit my amazing friend Holly Stene next up…

Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

A Woody Happy Birthday!

Grandad Papercraft is celebrating his birthday today.

I’ve been saving this DSP from the Wood Textures stack for the right kind of card. I didn’t know what that special card was going to be til I started to put something together for Dad.Wood Textures | kelly kentMum & Dad moved into a new house last year.  The new house has a wood fire, so he’s been busy over the winter stocking up the wood piles (and then burning through them).

Wood Textures | kelly kent

These stacked logs were the perfect background for a masculine birthday card.

I’m a big fan of the ‘cluster’ card at the moment where you can add embellishments in groups to create layers & texture.

The leaves from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits seemed like a perfect fit for the wood DSP.

Wood Textures | kelly kent

Of my 2017 goals for card making was to pay more attention to the inside of cards.

For the first time ever (I think!), I’ve used DSP as a whole layer on the inside of the card.

Wood Textures | kelly kent

It feels strange to write on the DSP – but it look amazing!!!

Happy birthday to Grandad Papercraft.  We’ve enjoyed celebrating with you!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

 

Stampin’ Blends – Available Now!

Can you hear the buzz around crafting land???

Stampin’ Up! have been working tirelessly over the last couple of years to reformulate and bring back a range of alcohol markers!

I’m excited to share that starting today, you can now order Stampin’ Blends in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours plus 2 skin tone/neutrals (Bronze & Ivory).  This means they match all the favourite products you already own!!!

Watch the video below for more information on Stampin’ Blends.

One of the perks of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family is to be able to order products before they hit the online store.

We’ve been playing with these gorgeous markers during classes in October and the feedback is wonderful.  My team are saying how easy to use they are, how beautifully they glide on, how much they love the colours and have either bought the set or are planning on how what order they’ll build their supplies.

The markers are available in single colours, in colour set duos and as a set of 27 (12 colour families, plus two skin tone markers & the Colour Lifter).

There’s also a new stamp set (Colour Me Happy) and project kit available as part of the Blends launch.  Click here to see the flyer with all the details.


I bet you’re curious to see the results of our play time!

I’ve already shared a couple of projects with you.  You can see the lantern card I made for our team swap here.

And the Blends in action with the Home for Christmas stamp set by clicking here.

My newest card to share with you uses the Just Add Color DSP (which is like sheets of an adult colouring book!!!).

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

I’ve cut the card front into three strips, and only coloured the middle panel.

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

This is a much more manageable way to practice colouring (and is a cool spotlight effect).

For this card, we practiced mixing colours – the light & dark of the Old Olive set and the light & dark of the Crumb Cake set.

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

The Just Add Color DSP has 6 different designs!  That’s a lot of colouring practice!

Images © Stampin' Up!

If you’d like to order some Stampin’ Blends and start some colouring therapy, visit my online store for access to the full stock!

You might only start with a couple of colours, but I bet you’ll be back for more!  They are addictive!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #383 | Add Cake

Chloe has suggested adding ‘cake’ for Just Add Ink this week.

What a fabulous theme!

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Everyone loves cake – yes???  Or at least the icing!

Hands up who’s been to a birthday party where your child has only eaten the icing from the cake!  That’s me!!!  Always holding (and eating) a plate of second hand cake!

My inspiration for this card came from the current cake decorating trend of ‘drip’ cakes.

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This is something I could never achieve in actual baking!!!

But playing with paper – that’s a different story!

It turns out the straw from the Coffee Cups Framelits makes for excellent drips!

Just Add Ink #383 | kelly kent

I wonder if I didn’t tell you this was a cake inspired creation if you’d be able to tell!  But hopefully you can see it….Just Add Ink #383 | kelly kent

Pink, gold & white is a lovely colour combination – but doesn’t the leafy green just brighten it up!Just Add Ink #383 | kelly kent

To see all the other calorie-free cake inspired creations, pop over to the Just Add Ink blog.

If you ‘whip up’ your own cake creation this week, please add it to our gallery.

Thanks for sharing in the fun of Just Add Ink!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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….

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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