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!

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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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Social Stamping | 24 Aug 2020

Social Stamping has been going strong in term 3 with Mandy Depiazzi and Narelle Simm joining me to host this fun & creative card making session every week.

It was my turn to design the cards for yesterday’s class.  We’d had requests from some of our regular stampers to make teen and masculine cards, so that was my aim.

The first card started off as a series of black and white pieces, which I shared on my Instagram Stories. Don’t follow me yet?  You’ll find all my cards on my page and some bits and pieces of my day to day activities in my Instagram stories.  Click here to follow.

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All that black & white turned into a colourful birthday with the help of Stampin’ Blends.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The “HAPPY” is from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set – stamped on the Stamparatus using the hinged stamping technique to get even spacing.  In the between spaces we stamped ‘happy birthday’ from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.  And then we added more “HAPPY” using the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet, coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  The stripes on the card base are coordinating Stampin’ Blends using the brush end.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

For those that preferred a more muted colour combination, there was an ombre option too…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The second card was inspired by a card in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue (pg 29) using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gears Dies.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The catalogue is such a great place to check in for inspiration.  The sample in the catalogue was an invite, but I changed up the sentiment using the Well Said stamp set for either a Father’s Day or birthday option.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The background is Cajun Craze cardstock with Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing.  The layers are a Night of Navy 2″ strip of cardstock punched with the Banner Triple punch, a 2-1/2″ circle (this punch is now retired but there are similar options in the Layering Circles Dies) in Misty Moonlight cardstock that has been scrunched for a grungy look and a car from Geared Up Garage stamped in Real Red ink & die cut with the coordinating Garage Gears Dies.  Some Linen Thread finished the look and a sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Stampers had the option to fussy cut around the words or punch with the Classic Label punch.

This card brought about the most creativity of the day.  There were a few happy accidents with the embossing which led to sideways layouts and cards with fantastic ways to style the words including a sign post variation.

Although there’s a design to guide you, Social Stamping classes are all about having fun and I was so happy to see the stampers letting their inner creativity shine.

Social Stamping | kelly kent

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to join us for Social Stamping, we’d love to see you there!  The next session is Monday 31st August at 9.30am at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.  RSVP welcome but not essential via my Facebook page.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Gin-credible Birthday

Last weekend I asked you to vote on my Facebook page for which stamp set I should play with next.  It was a clear win for the “Nothing’s Better Than” stamp set at 16-6.

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Inspired by the gift, here is the gin themed card I created using the stamp set and Playful Alphabet Dies.  Hello fun cocktail image!

Gin-credible Birthday | kelly kent

The DSP for the background and “GIN” letters is from the Forever Greenery DSP.  I love a punny card and being able to create your own sentiment using these letters is awesome!

Gin-credible Birthday | kelly kent

The rest of the sentiment is from two stamp sets – Have a Hoot stamp set (Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue) and From All of Us (2020-2021 Annual Catalogue).

Gin-credible Birthday | kelly kent

I love being able to create a gift with personal touches.  The gin is from a local distillery (click here to see their website) and the glass was made using my Silhouette Cameo (click here for the etsy listing for the cut file).  Can you tell the recipient loves gin?!?

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Stamp Review Crew | Celebrate Sunflowers

Hello!  Thank for joining us for a Stamp Review Crew hop.  I’m going my friends from around the world as we share projects made using a featured stamp set.  Today it’s the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and coordinating Sunflowers Dies.

My projects for today use the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set together with the Swirly Frames stamp set.  The frames create a great border for the sweet sunflower images.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I first stamped the frame in Basic Gray ink and then used strips of copy paper to mask the edges of the frame and stamped the large sunflower in the middle using Bumblebee ink.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I then layered the framed sunflower with 2020-2022 In Colour DSP (Bumblebee), added a banner (made using the new Banners Pick A Punch).and a white on black heat embossed sentiment with a little fussy cutting.

The second card I made had the same features but used the smaller sunflower, a different layout and more of the 2020-2022 In Colours.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kentTo mask the frame for this card I stamped the frame on copy paper and then cut out the middle with snips.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

It was super difficult to capture in the photo, but I stamped one of the leaf images on the card base and embossed in clear for a subtle background effect.


Thanks for joining us today.  To keep hopping and see more projects made with the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, visit Mary Haugen.  You can see the whole list of participating bloggers at the main Stamp Review Crew post by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week – I hope it’s wonderfully crafty with lots of sunshine & celebrations!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Happiest Birthday Wishes | multicoloured greetings

I’ve been loving the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set. It’s filled with super versatile birthday greetings, and since birthday cards are the most common card I make, it’s had a good workout since it was released in the 2020 Annual Catalogue in June.

Today I’m sharing a technique that adds some fun to the large stamp from this set. Big stamps can sometimes be hard to use but are perfect when you want the sentiment to be the feature of the card.

Colours: Rococo Rose, Bumblebee, Calypso Coral | DSP: Artistry Blooms

Using the Stamparatus, I added ink to the top & bottom of the stamp directly with the ink pads and then to middle with a sponge dauber.

You don’t need a Stamparatus to use do this technique but I love two things about using it – 1. You can re stamp if you need a bit more ink somewhere or better blending 2. You can easily make lots of these with minimal fuss. I pre-cut the scalloped rectangles (from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies) and kept one of the negatives. I was then able to place the die cut into the Stamparatus for quick & easy placement. This is a great tip for cards you want to mass produce.

After making the first card in pinks, I decided to make another version with one of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue – Whale of a Time. I’d be happy to have a whole pack of the turtle prints – they are so pretty!!

Colours: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Granny Apple Green |
DSP: Whale of a Time

And one more using another favourite – Boho Indigo. I used an ombré effect for this sentiment, choosing 3 different shades of blue.

Colours: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy | DSP: Boho Indigo

I could make these cards all day! It’s a great way to make use of the DSP we like to collect. Simply cut a 2” strip and adhere to a coordinating card base. Stamp your multicoloured sentiment and attach to the card front.

Have a great week!

Happiest of Birthdays | little bit late

I love sending out birthday cards and try to get as many in the post as I can for my friends that I don’t see so often.  I’ll confess now – they are very often late!  I hardly ever allow enough time for the postal service to do its thing!

I also have problems planning across the borders of months, which means birthdays in the first week of the month almost always catch me out!  The “little-bit-late” stamp from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set is an absolutely perfect solution for my tardiness!

Happiest of Birthdays | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the sentiment in white on Basic Black cardstock and then added it to a card full of colour!

Happiest of Birthdays | kelly kent

The card front is Whisper White cardstock with Bumblebee, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight ink blended with makeup brushes. Once that was dry, I layered 3 sunflowers in Whisper White (Sunflowers Dies) and then trimmed the edges.

Happiest of Birthdays | kelly kent

I love this stamp set and think you will too!

Stop back in tomorrow when I share another card we made at a recent class using the gorgeous ‘wishing you the happiest of birthdays’ stamp.  Big stamps can be intimidating but I’ll share a fun (but easy) way to make it the feature.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com