Happy Birthday to Nanna Papercraft

Nanna and Grandad Papercraft have birthdays that are just 3 days apart. That makes for a busy stretch, especially when you add in the OnStage event in the mix too! So, I am only just getting to sharing the card I made for Nanna Papercraft. You can see Grandad Papercraft’s card by clicking here. That was lots of fun to make!

There’s always a little bit of pressure when making a card for another papercrafter. Especially one who is your Mum and you know what she likes! Mum (Nanna Papercraft) loves finding and making all the cool fancy folds. She often inspires the fancy things we do in classes – I’m much more of a ‘standard card’ kind of girl.

I found this style of card when scrolling through Pinterest for a new and exciting fold to try. Visit the blog of Tina Shaw for her creation plus instructions and measurements. Thanks Tina!

It’s called a Double Fan Fold – and is beautifully glorious! The card folds using a system of clever scored lines.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

But also opens up to a full rectangle…

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

It doesn’t fold in half like a traditional card, so the writing panel is on the back –

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

Since Nanna Papercraft is a lover of all Stampin’ Up! – including retired classics, I chose to pull out some of the prettiest DSP that I’ve been keeping for a special card. This gorgeous design is from the Bird Ballad DSP. In many ways, retired DSP becomes more precious than current supplies, because there’s no way to order more!

I’ve paired the DSP with the coordinating stamp set which was released in the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit last year. Did you see that there’s a Christmas themed Paper Pumpkin kit currently available??? We so rarely get Paper Pumpkin (the US gets it every month), so it’s a fabulous opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. For $37 (plus delivery), you’ll get a limited edition stamp set, ink spot and supplies to make 8 fabulous Christmas cards. Click here to see it in the online store.

The greeting for this card uses the ‘birthday’ die from the Well Written Dies – with Foam Adhesive Sheet to give it texture & height, and the ‘love’ in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock from the Well Said stamp set.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

The foil accents for the card are Champagne – it has such beautiful pink tones that I knew it would coordinate well with the Petal Pink card base.

This card is oversized and doesn’t fit into a standard envelope. Because I was seeing Nanna Papercraft for her birthday, I decided not to make an envelope, but instead tied it closed with a ribbon.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

Which was just perfect for arrival, before it then made it’s home on the dresser.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

The design is free standing when you tweak the folds, which makes it a perfect fancy fold to send for the recipient to display. It reminds me of the meme that floats around about not being able to put an email or text message on the mantlepiece.

Giving cards is definitely less trendy these days – but the joy of receiving something special is still alive and well!

Happy Birthday month to Nanna Papercraft! So glad we got to celebrate with you x

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

From All of Us to Grandad Papercraft

It was Grandad Papercraft’s birthday yesterday – and I must be rubbing off on him, because it’s starting to look like a whole week of birthday celebrations that could extend through the month!

It might have been our trip to the zoo on the weekend, or perhaps just the total cuteness of the From All of Us stamp set, but it seemed like the perfect option for his birthday card.

From All of Us | kelly kent

The card fold is an interlocking card, and one of my favourites when you need an awesome card that is deceptively simple. I first shared this style of fold for a Social Stamping card earlier in the year. You can see the post with more information about the card fold by clicking here.

When you remove the centre slider piece – which in this case is the coloured animals on a Pear Pizzazz circle, the card opens out for the message on the inside. Although I usually share cards before they are personalised with a birthday message, I’ve taken this one after the Little Miss Papercrafts have written to Grandad Papercraft. They love acrostic poems – and almost every card that the misses write out at Papercraft HQ gets a little bit of literary magic.

From All of Us | kelly kent

I’m not great with being creative for animal colouring, so I’ve used Stampin’ Blends in the colours shown on a sample in the catalogue. The catalogue is a wonderful resource and I refer to it all the time.

From All of Us | kelly kent

There’s no die for this stamp set, so it was a love job on the fussy cutting. A little precarious on some of the smaller parts, but I got there without any accidents!!

The DSP for this card is my favourite sheet from the Forever Greenery DSP. I’m often reminded of the adage about knowing a crafter likes you if they use their favourite DSP on your card! We definitely think Grandad Papercraft (my Dad) is the best and feel very lucky to have shared in his birthday celebrations (rounds 1 & 2 so far!!!) – complete with party bags and cake!

Happy birthday!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pointillism

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Paper Adventures Team Hop. I’m mildly spinning that it’s mid October already. This year has been such a mixed bag that it’s equally the longest year ever combined with the most rapid year ever! That level of contradiction suits 2020 perfectly!

We welcome Kayla McCreadie today as our guest designer and I can’t wait for you to see what she has created. She has a beautiful straight line design style with lots of layers and texture. You can visit Kayla’s blog by clicking on the next button at the end of this post.

The theme for today’s team hop – pointillism – was chosen by Narelle and is just wonderful for extending our creativity. Pointilism is creating an image or pattern using small dots. Because of this, it can sometimes be called ‘dot colouring’ or ‘dot painting’.

You may not have heard of pointillism before if you’re a Stampin’ Up! lover, you will have definitely seen it! There are several Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that use this style to create the artwork including the Whale Done stamp set from the current Annual Catalogue. The images are made using lots of tiny little dots!

Using the fabulous samples from the Annual Catalogue to inspired the design, I’ve recreated each card on page 96 using Stampin’ Blends and the no line stamping technique. This gave the style more detail and colour than if stamped in one ink.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

Have you tried no line stamping before? Ink up in a light neutral ink (I’ve used Smoky Slate but Sahara Sand also works well) and stamp on scrap paper to remove most of the ink before stamping on Whisper White. You should be able to faintly see the image – enough so to add colour.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

I followed the basic shading of the stamp in the light and dark version of the Blend colours. I must admit, wasn’t too careful or fussy about where the dots went or how far they are apart. If there was too much white space, I added in more dots.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

The bullet tip end of the Stampin’ Blend provides the perfect size and intensity of dot for this project.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

This is one of my all-time favourite DSP packs. If you don’t have some, you should buy some! And if you have some, you should stock up on some more while it’s 15% off. Just $17 until the end of October. Click here to view all the DSP patterns that are part of the DSP sale in my online store.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

As well as colouring the image, I also used blue tones for shading around the outside of the sea creatures. There’s differents ways of expressing the pointillism theme. You could also use a solid image and add the dots around the outside.

To see how the rest of our team and our guest designer, Kayla McCreadie have been inspired by the pointillism theme, keep hopping along. For a full list of participants see the bottom of this post.

Next up is Kayla’s blog.

Thanks for joining us. We hope this theme has inspired some creativity for you this weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PARTICIPANT LIST
Kelly Kent
Kayla McCreadie (Guest Designer)
Lisa Whitehead
Robyn Houston
Shannon Kissane
Mandy Depiazzi
Narelle Simm

Just the Dies | Sunflowers

Hey there – happy Wednesday!!!  It’s school holidays here and I’m taking some time to refocus and reconnect.  It’s a self imposed social media blackout!!!  Using the marvels of scheduling, I’ve written this week’s posts in advance and timed them to share across the week.

Today’s card is all about the dies.  Although I will most often buy a stamp set & tool bundle, there are times when the dies are so wonderful on their own that I slip them into an order to be enjoyed as a single item.  The Sunflowers Dies are a great example of a die set that you can use with or without the coordinating stamps.  When budget and space are factors in what makes it into your shopping cart, one sometimes needs to be a savvy shopper!

Sunflowers | kelly kent

This centrepiece for this card was made using the Sunflower Dies – layers of those pretty die cuts in Bumbleebee, Cinnamon Cider and Vellum.

Sunflowers | kelly kent

The background is a wood texture from the In Good Taste DSP and the card case is Sahara Sand.

Sunflowers | kelly kent

I’ve added in one of my favourite birthday sentiments from the Fancy Phrases stamp set in gold embossing.  Many of us own lots of stamps – mixing and matching is the perfect way to make the purchase of just the dies work out.

Check back for another post later this week.  You may also like to check my socials (Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest) for the archives of projects I’ve made in the past.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

For the Love of Sharing | Tea-Riffic

Hello followers!  School holidays started here last week and with the good weather and longer days just starting to emerge, it’s the perfect time to refocus and reconnect.  This week’s posts have all been written in advance and scheduled (the joys of technology!).  I’m putting down my phone and taking a break from social media.  It’s time for some distraction free family time!

Today’s pre-planned share is part of the series I like to think of as ‘for the love of sharing’.  These cards usually contain a larger portion of non Stampin’ Up! items than usual.  Using other brands allow me to explore and experiment with different styles and patterns than those available from Stampin’ Up!.  Other brands complement the product range at Stampin’ Up! beautifully and often allow more freedom in our creativity.

Tea-Riffic | kelly kent

This card was made for a gorgeous friend of mine who loves tea as much as I do.  Her gift was tea-related, so I needed a cute card to match.

Tea-Riffic | kelly kent

You know I love a punny card.  The shape and pretty font of the Playful Alphabet Dies make it so easy to customise any sentiment!!!  See my gin-credible card here.

Tea-Riffic | kelly kent

Supplies:

  • Cardstock: Rococo Rose, Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Stamp sets: Press On (Stampin’ Up!), Reveal Wheel Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
  • Dies: Playful Alphabet
  • Patterned Paper: Daydream (Cocoa Vanilla)
  • Other products: Wink of Stella (Stampin’ Up!)

Check back in during the week for more posts that will go live, or subscribe to have them all delivered to you via email.  Join me on social media (Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest) – my break will only be short, I love the connection that social media brings!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Happy Quarantini Birthday

A gorgeous friend of mine celebrated her birthday last week.  Together, with her family, she has been caught up in the chaos that is COVID.  After many false starts, lots of tears and a great amount of hope, they have finally made it home to Australia from their working holiday in Canada.  They are currently serving out their mandatory 2 week hotel quarantine period in Perth and I’m super excited that they’ll be back in Bunbury very very soon!!!

It’s not every year you have to spend your birthday in isolation, and although I had hoped not to again need the Sharing Sunshine pdf released by Stampin’ Up! earlier in the year, there seemed no other way to celebrate a quarantine birthday than with a Quarantini.

Happy Quarantini Birthday | kelly kent

If you’re unable to breathe natural air and only see the sun through a window (that you can’t open), I thought some OTT rainbow glimmer was in order!

Happy Quarantini Birthday | kelly kentThe sparkle on this glimmer (available in the Annual Catalogue) is unreal!  The rainbow effect just adds to its awesomeness!

Happy Quarantini Birthday | kelly kent

The background for this card was stamped using ink tones to match the rainbow glimmer.  I had already cut this stamp from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set into three pieces (Happy + little-bit-late + Birthday) so I just took the Birthday stamp set and stamped it all over the background.  The colours are Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape & Rich Razzleberry.

Happy Quarantini Birthday | kelly kent

The “happy” for the card is a die set in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue called Happy Dies.  It comes with a great range of accessory dies including a stitched edge, banner pennant and cloud strip.  I can’t wait to have a play with the rest of the dies in the set.  It’s always nice to have a set with great potential for creativity.


Welcome home to my wonderful friends – there’ll be lots of post quarantine celebrations after your (hopefully) once in a lifetime COVID birthday experience!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Old Fashioned Birthday | Whiskey Business

The Whiskey Business stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue is a wonderful mix of fun and serious all at the same time.  It’s a great theme for anyone who loves drinks that come with ice in a lowball tumbler – or anyone who can appreciate this as a nostalgic nod to ye-old-timey symbolism.

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

The styling in this set is perfect and I couldn’t get away from needing to craft with rich colours and bold patterns.  The DSP is from the World of Good pack – which has rich brass tones running through it and is perfectly moody for a whiskey card!

The whiskey bottle and glass were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black.  The colouring is Bumblebee ink which is a vibrant but deep yellow tone that looks like a good whiskey!  I’m not a whiskey drinker personally, but a little internet search tells me that it comes in many colours from clear through to yellow, amber and brown tones.  You could have some fun with colouring the variations!

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

The layout for this card was CASEd from Rochelle Blok.  You can see her original card here.  Rochelle repetitively stamped along the back panel which I loved – but particularly the way it all lined up down the left and created white space on the right.  I’ve used the ‘cheers to you’ stamp in Misty Moonlight – lined up on my Stamparatus. The spacing of this stamp didn’t work for hinge stamping, so instead I’ve used the Grid Paper you can buy for your Stamparatus and while keeping the stamp in place on the Stamparatus, I’ve moved the cardstock up every 1/2″ until I’ve stamped all the way up the page.

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

I just love the sentiments in this stamp set – especially this one!  There really is something special about getting an ‘old-fashioned’ birthday card in the mail.

I hope you have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

More Stitched Triangles

Last month I shared a super girly patchwork card using the Stitched Triangle Dies.  Click here to see go back in time and check it out.

Today I’m sharing a creation in green tones that would work for girls or guys.

More Stitched Triangles | kelly kent

I cut a range of different sizes and the different types of triangles in Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Just Jade and Pretty Peacock and arranged them in an overlapping pattern on a Whisper White card base.

More Stitched Triangles | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings – white embossed on Basic Black cardstock and cut using the Classic Label punch.  A simple finish to go with the no nonsense triangles!

Ombre colour combinations have always been a favourite of mine, but I’m keen to try this in some different match-ups!  I can imagine a yellow, black & gray version (another favourite combination of mine!!!).  I probably need pushing out of my comfort zone.  Leave your suggestions in the comments!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | celebrate

Hello!  Thank you for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host – the monthly blog hop where my friends join me to share projects made with a specific theme.  Today’s theme is “celebrate”. You can see the main blog host post by clicking here and a full list of participants.  The hop aims to link by next button but if there’s any broken links or pages not going where they should, the main post is where you’ll find all the info.

I love celebrating birthdays.  Giving gifts – cards and presents – is definitely one of my love languages.  So being able to make personalised cards (and presents) is my favourite way to spend my crafting time.

From All of Us | kelly kent

I made this birthday card for my sister-in-law.  It uses the From All of Us stamp set – which I really love for so many reasons but the main one is that there’s 5 animals and 5 of us at Papercraft HQ – so it turns into a bit of a family portrait!

From All of Us | kelly kent

We’re still debating who the monkey of the family is 😛 but I decided to colour the ostrich pink and make her into a flamingo!  Perhaps a bit of a stretch, but poetic license is the beauty of making cards!  I’m definitely not a master of colouring but Stampin’ Blends make it fun to have a go!

From All of Us | kelly kent

The font in the From All of Us stamp set is awesome and it has a happy birthday stamp, so I’m happy!!!

The DSP for this card is from the World of Good Speciality for the circle and Forever Greenery for the strip.  It might seem strange to mix DSP themes but I love the contrast!!!  You’ll find in most packs that the reverse side is more subtle than the main themed side.


To continue the hop and see the way Shannon Kissane is celebrating this theme, click on the next button below.

Thanks for hopping with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Just Add Ink #520 | Guys

I’m so excited for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge – it’s all about the guys.  Cards for our male counterparts can sometimes be a little more challenging, so I can’t wait to see the inspiration that will fill our gallery.

This challenge came at a great time for me as Little Mister Papercraft turns 2 this week!  After having two girls, it’s a delight to see life from the perspective of a “boy mum”.  It’s all go – perpetual movement, lots of outside play and if it’s got wheels, then it’s awesome!

The On The Move stamp set from the Annual Catalogue was a must have on my shopping list.

Sometimes when stamp sets come along they are just right for the long term collection and I see this set serving up lots of “little guy” cards in the years to come (and maybe even some big guy cards too!).  You can see the slider card I made last month using this set by clicking here.

I wanted this card for Mr Almost-Two to be all about the trains – you may notice similarities to a certain blue tank engine that he’s obsessed with!

On The Move | kelly kent

Using makeup brushes and Stampin’ Up! ink I blended the background on Whisper White cardstock (and splattered with water for extra texture) .  The sky is Balmy Blue and Pacific Point, the grass is Garden Green & Granny Apple Green.  The hill was cut using the Home Together Dies.

On The Move | kelly kent

The letters are from the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet backing – my current obsession and making it to every card I make at the moment!!!

The sentiment is from the All of Us stamp set – I’m a sucker for a great “happy birthday” stamp.

On The Move | kelly kent

If you need an excuse to add some ‘guy’ cards to your stash, have a certain guy in mind or just love playing along with the Just Add Ink challenges, please pop over to the Just Add Ink blog and add your card to the gallery.

Here is a photo of Little Master Papercraft with his train loaded cake taking great delight in the sparklers on the top of the cake.

© kelly kent

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