Butterfly Brilliance

Morning! Today I’m sharing a pretty little bundle that wasn’t a surprise to see in the new catalogue. While we were waiting for the new catalogue to launch, Stampin’ Up! were kind enough to let us order the Butterfly Brilliance bundle early. There was also a special release DSP that sold out in a matter of weeks – luckily there’s lots of other great DSP patterns in the current 2 catalogues that we can pair with this bundle.

You’ll find the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set and Brilliant Wings Dies in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. The butterflies form one large stamp which is perfect to use as one piece – or to cut up and add the individual butterflies to your cards. The die set has options to cut out the outline of the butterflies, detailed butterflies and a series of coordinating pieces.

Although I love the butterflies in this set, it was really the bricks in the die set that made me swoon. Such a cute patch of texture. I’ve cut two brick sets on each card front and layered Ice Cream Corner DSP behind it for a watercolour effect.

The first card is pink & yellow tones – as guided by the DSP. The butterflies are stamped in Early Espresso. I love the richness of this ink and how easy it it to get a full colour on the stamp with minimal effort.

I’ve combined this bundle with the Brushed Blooms stamp set from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue for the sentiment and splatters of texture on the white.

The one piece butterfly stamp gives you six butterflies at a time – more than enough for a couple of cards (inside & out!). The second card uses purple tones – Highland Heather & Blackberry Bliss.

The Pastel Pearl embellishments were the perfect finish for these cards. Large in size and shiny & lustrous, they add a pretty elegance.

If you didn’t get this bundle in the early pre-release, make sure to add it to your wish list for a future shopping cart. Butterflies always make a wonderful crafting staple and this bundle is a great option to add to your collection.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Social Stamping | Subway Style

It’s Social Stamping again tomorrow morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe. I hope you can join me from 9.30am – 11am. We’ll be making two cards and this is a sneak peek of one of the options.

I’ve used my top pick from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue – the Biggest Wish stamp set. It has two styles – a large block font and a script font of 5 words. And if I had to choose 5 words only for a sentiment only stamp set, these are the ones I would choose. I’ll be using this stamp set all year long!!!

This card was designed with a teen boy in mind, so I’ve kept the colours fun but neutral and opted for stitched stars as the embellishment. The card base is Pear Pizzaz with Basic Grey & Smoky Slate for the greys and Misty Moonlight, Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue and more Pear Pizzazz for the stars.

The block style of the text when stamped in the background reminds me of a subway style of design. Perfect for keeping the design geometric and bold. The Brick & Mortar embossing complements the look I wanted for the card so well.

The stamp set for the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment is from the Brushed Blooms stamp set. It was a great option for a smaller version of the birthday greeting to finish the card.

I made two options as samples for tomorrow. I always encourage the stampers to use the pieces and create their own variation of unique design by changing the style or layout of the card.

Do you prefer the angles of the first or the straight lines of the second???

I’d love to stamp with you tomorrow. If you’re definitely able to make, please RSVP so I can hold a kit for you.

See you soon!

Treasured Medallion | Shutter Card

Today we celebrate – it’s my birthday, my mother-in-law’s birthday and the international day of families! I have had a wonderful family day – kids sport in the morning, lunch with family and the luxury of some time on the couch tonight in front of the wood fire.

Now that I’ve given this card to the birthday girl, I can share this card with you.

The front of the card is decorated with Fine Art Floral DSP and Treasured Medallion stamp set.

The middle part of the card is actually a belly band, which can slide off the card to reveal a little magic on the inside!

It’s a Shutter Card – using the action of opening of the card to pull out the middle segments and reveal a sentiment on the inside. In this case, it’s happy birthday wishes.

I followed great instructions by Lisa Curio with adapted measurements for A4 cardstock.

And then of course, once you close the card, the pieces all slide back in.

The colours are Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock and Crushed Curry – inspired by the colours of one of my favourite previous DSPs – Eastern Elegance.

I took lots of photos of this card! I also had the mini Papercrafts help me with an action video!

You should definitely make one of these cards – they are so much fun!

Happy birthday to all my May birthday buddies!

Social Stamping | Wrapped Bouquet

We are off & running for Term 2 of Social Stamping! Mandy and a group of lovely stampers got inky last week and tomorrow it’s my turn to trade in normal life for a couple of hours of crafting escape.

Each session runs for 1-1/2 hours and offers participants the chance to make 2 cards. We start at 9.30am and finish up at 11am – giving to time to either sleep in or do the school run and then time to continue on with whatever else your day holds. We are hosted by the Taste of Dalyellup cafe – located in the Dalyellup shopping centre. It’s a one stop shop for all your everyday shopping with a supermarket, bakery, pharmacy, news agency and other specialty shops.

Here’s a sneak peak of one of tomorrow’s options. I’ve been crafting lots with the Wrapped Bouquet bundle from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and I wanted to share how sweet this bundle is with the Social Stamping group. It’s also another chance to play with the newly released 2021-2023 In Colors.

Stampers receive a kit which includes all the supplies to make one of these variations. I always try to have at least 2 samples, but the new In Colors were so fun, I got carried away with three different combinations.

There are suggestions for how you might complete your project, but the finished design is up to you. I wanted these samples to reflect how the same set of cardstock could be layered / embossed or stamped in different ways to create different looks. I can’t wait to see what the Social Stampers create.

The bouquet is stamped in Evening Evergreen, the sentiment in Soft Succulent and the flowers are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia and Polished Pink. I’ve used white twine in different ways across the three cards and dimensionals to change up what part of the card I’ve elevated.

The neutral colours are Basic White and Sahara Sand. The Sahara Sand layer is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I’ve curled over one corner of this layer before sticking it down. It’s easy to do – curl the corner with a bone folder and then use the handle of a skinny paintbrush (or similar) to further curl under into a shape you like.

Every card comes with a quality Stampin’ Up! envelope which is made of a beautiful white heavy paper – perfect for stamping on! I must admit stamping on envelopes is usually an after thought for me, so it’s nice to stop and take the time to make the envelope as special as the card inside!

RSVPs aren’t essential for Social Stamping – you are most welcome to turn up on the day. However, we only have a limited number of kits for each session so if you know you’ll be coming, be sure to let us know so we can hold a kit for you.

See you tomorrow! If you don’t live in the Bunbury area but would like to make these cards at home, all the supplies are available in my online store. Click here to shop.

Coordinating Cards | Monopoly Jnr

I love buying birthday presents but I hate buying things for people that they don’t want. More toys when they have enough, bath bombs when they don’t own a bath or chocolate when they’ve decided to stop eating sugar! And in this day and age of mass consumerism, it’s so hard to know what people already have. So… my go-to strategies for gifts are experiences, vouchers that can be turned into the perfect gift or asking for gift ideas.

If it doesn’t ruin the surprise I will use the ‘ask and you shall receive’ strategy. When I asked one of my gorgeous friends what her little Mr 5 would like for his upcoming birthday she suggested a board game he had played with family but didn’t own. We love games at our house and have an overflowing cupboard of board, game and other types of family games.

The request was a classic – Monopoly Junior. We have this game – ours is a classic version with the old school car tokens and primary coloured houses. When I went shopping, I found a new version with awesome tokens – a dinosaur, a duck, a penguin and dog.

Always on the lookout for an option to make a card personalised, the layout of the box provided great inspiration for a coordinating card.

We are currently in the final days of the Last Chance Retirement List for the Annual Catalogue . You have until tomorrow (Monday) evening to buy any favourites. This DSP on this card – for the background and birthday boy name – is from the Artistry Blooms DSP pack. It’s on sale at just $16.

The letters are from the Playful Alphabet Dies, which I am happy to see carryover to the new Annual Catalogue. This starts on Tuesday (4th May) and is filled with so many amazing new products to fall in love with.

The dinosaur is from a retired DSP pack – Dinoroar. I have an extensive collection of DSP which comes in handy for custom themes.

Happy birthday to the birthday boy! We hope enjoy Monopoly Jnr all year long!

Social Stamping | neutrals

Hello! Thank you for joining us for April’s Social Stamping Blog Host. I’m hopping with a small but amazing list of ladies today. We’re all sharing projects made using the Neutrals colour collection. These 10 colours could be considered the core colours – the ones that go with all the others. Which is the inspiration for my cards today.

I’ve made 4 cards to share – each showing off a perfect pairing of a neutral and beautiful match.

You’ll recognise some colours in here that I often use together. Let’s start with Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight…

If you’ve read my blog before you may know that I really love white, yellow & gray together. The bundle for this card is the Pretty Perennials stamp set and Perennial Petals Dies. I cannot get enough of these!

The next pairing is Night of Navy with Melon Mambo. Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow and Merry Merlot were included in the neutrals collection when the colour refresh happened several years ago. Stampin’ Up! felt these deep & rich colours were most often used in the same way you’d use black, brown & gray.

The bundle I’ve used for this card is the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and Strawberry Builder Punch.

Next up is Sahara Sand and Rich Razzleberry. I use Sahara Sand all the time but I feel it can sometimes get overlooked as an option for a fabulous base colour. It’s cool yet warm, subtle yet rich and can complement so many of the colours in the other colour families.

The bundle for this card is the Wrapped Bouquet stamp set and Wrapped Flowers Dies.

The final combination I’m sharing today is another solid favourite and one I use often – Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron.

Featuring the super cute Kangaroo & Company stamp set and Kangaroo Dies.

All the bundles from today’s cards are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. This catalogue runs through until 30th June so there’s still plenty of time to add favourites to your collection. Not everything carries over to the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue, but don’t worry, there’s plenty more new sets coming that you’ll fall in love with.

To see what everyone else on this great little hop made, keep clicking on the next button to tour the whole blog hop. From here it’s onward to my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm. Narelle and I will actually be camping together as this goes live! I wonder if she packed stamping supplies!?!

You can see the full list of participants by visiting the main blog hop post – click here.

Thanks for joining us and being part of the April Social Stamping Blog Host.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, Social Stamping in person resumes on 3rd May – we can’t wait to stamp with you again! All welcome, even if you’ve never stamped before or don’t stamp at home.

Just Add Ink #551 | 3D

We’re leaping off the page (or out of the screen) for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge and asking you to create something 3D.

I must admit, I tend to stay in the 2D zone for most of my crafting. Boxes, bags and other multi-dimensional projects are not my crafty safe space. So, today I’m venturing a little out of my comfort zone and sharing both a 3D project and a matching card that I made as a gift for a friend.

The bowl started out as a regular white bowl, but with the addition of alcohol inks and cling wrap, it transforms into a work of art! I followed a tutorial by Sarah Jane – you can see it by clicking here.

I was so hoping that Stampin’ Up! Would launch their own range of alcohol inks in the new catalogue, but sadly they haven’t yet. I’ll keep dropping hints and hopefully one day soon we’ll have a whole range of alcohol inks that match our favourite Stampin’ Up! Colours. Until then, I’ll keep using these ones in my stash that are pretty close to some favourite Stampin’ Up! Colours.

Can you spy Mint Macaron, Pretty Peacock and Just Jade? There’s also some silver accents in there.

Using the same colour inks as I used on the bowl, I created a marbled background on Yupo Paper and used this as the starting point for my coordinating card.

I then matted with Pretty Peacock cardstock and overlayed with a laser cut pattern (retired specialty paper: xxx). The stamping feature is the Pretty Perennials stamp set and coordinating Perennial Petals Dies. I’ve used the colours that matched with the alcohol inks – Mint Macaron, Just Jade & Pretty Peacock.

Vellum is a great option for breaking up sections on a card with lots of detail or colour. Using it across the card front for the flowers & sentiment means I don’t lose the effect of the back panel but also that the flowers & sentiment have their own definition. Do you have vellum in your collection? Everyone needs vellum!

I had planned to clean up the inside of the bowl where the colour leaked over the edges but I actually really love that rustic feel. I haven’t sealed the bowl so it’s not food safe, but it perfectly holds wrapped chocolates, craft room odds & bobs or jewellery.

You can apply alcohol inks to any non-porous surface such as ceramic, glass or acetate. It’s quite the easy transformation. I can’t wait to experiment some more and create some other gifts for friends. If you know of any amazing alcohol ink tutorials, leave me a link in the comments.

We’d love to see what 3D items are coming out of your craft room this week. Share your project with us in the Just Add Ink gallery. Click here to visit the blog. You’ll also find the other design team creations there too.

Have a fabulous weekend! It’s a long one for us in Australia with ANZAC Day on Sunday giving us three days to go on some adventures and create some memories!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | photo inspiration

Hello! Welcome to the April hop for our Paper Adventures Team. The theme tonight is a fabulous photo inspiration.

The photo was taken by our resident team photographer Siobhan Fitzsimmons at her Hightrees property. She is surrounded by the most wonderful Australian native flora & fauna.

I didn’t feel I could do justice to these native mushrooms, so I’ve used the theme to create using the cutest craft mushrooms we have in the Stampin’ Up! Collection – the Snail Mail DSP!

Snail Mail is a whole pack of fun – mushrooms and snails as far as the eye can see. I’ve layered them on this super fun double slider card. Yep – two sliding snails!!!

I first made a card like this last Christmas at a class by Mandy Depiazzi. She saw the idea on Lisa Curcio’s blog and made this version (click here to see). I couldn’t decide which snail to make slide, so I added two tracks and attached a snail to each.

When you pull the tab on the right side of the card, the inner piece slides out and guess what? – another snail & mushroom combo!

It’s a little bit of fussy cutting for the pieces. The coordinating dies cut out some of the snails, but they can all be cut using your Stampin’ Snips.

The beautiful fonts of the birthday sentiment was the final touch for this card. You’ll find that cute happy birthday in the retiring Rustic Retreat stamp set. At the time of writing this, it was still available at an amazing 75% discount – jump online to see if it’s still available now.

You’ll also want to keep hopping and see what the rest of the Paper Adventurers have been inspired to create by Siobhan’s photo. The full participant list is below, but if click on the next button you’ll travel around all the blogs. From here it’s over to the wonderful Narelle Simm

Have a wonderful weekend!

Participant LIst
1. Kelly Kent
2. Narelle Simm
3. Lisa Whitehead
4. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
5. Shannon Kissane
6. Sana Arslan

Party Puffins + 2021-23 In Colors

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators were able to order new catalogue Stampin’ Up! supplies a couple of weeks ago and I was excited to have my box land on my doorstep early this week. Housework neglected, bedtime ignored – it was so much fun to unpack and play with the gorgeous products.

Most of my box contained an assortment of products in the brand new 2021-2023 In Colors. Introducing…

They are a such a pretty mix! Do you have an early favourite? I love how well they coordinate together – ready for a range of styles of stamping.

Another cute little new addition in my box was the Party Puffins stamp set. The black stamping of the puffins was the perfect contrast to show off the new In Color range.

Dancing their way into our hearts, these puffins are definitely stealing the show from the pre-order list.

EVENING EVERGREEN

PALE PAPAYA

POLISHED PINK

FRESH FREESIA

SOFT SUCCULENT

As well as the In Color cardstock used for the card bases, there’s also Stampin’ Blends in each colour, a stack of DSP in 4 different patterns and sweet little gems.

The top layer of the card base has been cut using a new die from a set you’re going to want to have called Basic Borders. It’s going to add a great textural finish to your projects in 2021.

If you love the idea of having early access to all your favourite Stampin’ Up! products, you’ll be excited to hear that all the items you see on these projects are available on preorder and can be added to a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit. $169 for your choice of $235 of products including free shipping and then a 20% discount on all the orders you place until October 2021. If this sounds like a deal you’d like to get on board with, click here to buy your Starter Kit. If you have any questions, please message me.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #549 | Choose Two

It’s a Choose Two theme for Just Add Ink this week, and you have me to thank – or curse – for the choices!

I love the boho look of flowers with feathers! I must admit there was a component of challenge in leaving the leaves out, so that I just had two of the choose two elements. In the end I worked around it by using the feathers as the foliage.

The featured stamp set for this card is Beautiful Friendship. This is currently on the Last Chance Retirement List and will retire on 3rd May 2021 – or when supplies run out in the warehouse. These flowers are so wonderfully whimsy!

The feathers are from two other stamp sets – Tasteful Touches and Positive Thoughts. They’ve been getting a bit of workout lately – I’ve been loving incorporating feathers into my designs.

The colours for this card are Sahara Sand for the base, Rococo Rose (from the Sand & Sea DSP) for the background and Basic White with Subtle Embossing for the panels. The florals are Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose, Pool Party and Highland Heather. The feathers are Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake. The accessories are White Polka Dot Ribbon, Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon and Elegant Faceted Gems.

I can’t wait to see all the floral entries for this challenge. I know there’ll be lots of petals and leaves, but I’m excited to see what leaves & feathers and petals & feathers creations you’ll share. To add your project to the gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog by clicking here. You can also see all the ways the design team used the leaves, feathers & petals.

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