Stamp Review Crew | Dashing Deer

My design team posts are going to be light at the moment, but I couldn’t resist the theme for Stamp Review Crew this week.

It’s Dashing Deer – which is filled with reindeer and has a beautiful coordinating die set.  I just love reindeer, they are my favourite Christmas motif.

Now of course with Baby Papercraft taking up lots of my time (see here to meet the little man), I’m only getting snippets of time at the craft table.

So I only have one reindeer creation to share with you – and it’s simple.  But that’s ok!!!  Simple can be lovely too!

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

To make this card I cut a piece of copy paper just bigger than my Whisper White mat and then cut a circle at the top middle.  Remove & discard the circle cut out.

Using the remaining rectangle as a mask, I sponged the circle with Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry & Night of Navy inks.  I then stamped the filigree reindeer in Versamark and heat embossed in silver.

The sentiment was stamped with the help of my Stamparatus in Rich Razzleberry.

The Rich Razzleberry card base was embossed using the Tin Tile embossing folder and the reindeer panel mounted on Smoky Slate then adhered to the card base using dimensionals.

Here’s a close up of the reindeer – the detail in this stamp is just beautiful.   I haven’t used it in this card, but it has a coordinating die in the set.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

That is my first Christmas card done for the season!  I’m looking forward to making more in this style.

And to seeing what the rest of the Stamp Review Crew has created.  I know there’ll be lots of inspiration in the blogs ahead.

Next up is the wonderful Mickey Roberts

Until next time, happy crafting!


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Holiday Catalogue is Flying Back to the North Pole!

Holiday Catalogue

Today is the last day you are able to order from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

Some of the items will carryover and still be available tomorrow, but many are leaving forever.

See here for the carryover list.

Click here for the retirement list in list format, or here to visit my online store and view in pictures.

If there’s anything left on your wishlist, you’ll want to pop by my online store and order it today.  Shipping direct to your door is a low $5.95 for order of $120 & under.  Click here to visit my online store.

My final share from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue had to include those gorgeous Foil Snowflakes.  If you loved them as much as I did, I hope you’ve stocked up!  They won’t be available to purchase after 8.59pm tonight (WA time).

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

I also loved the Festive Phrases stamp set.  It was an impulse buy which I’ve gotten so much use from!  There’s 4 diverse sentiments in this set – perfect for a range of festive occasions.

It’s one of the discounted items from the Holiday Catalogue – only $25.50 in clear and $33.60 in wood.

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

I’ve snuck in an Occasions Catalogue sneak peek….. new to the range tomorrow is the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder.  Stylish & versatile, you’re going to want to add it to your collection!

Check back tomorrow for catalogue links.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Elf in A Box

Earlier in the year I had a custom order for a card to be sent overseas. And I realised I hadn’t shared it with you!

It’s the perfect Christmas Eve creation to share – full of joy & fun!

It needed to be something that could sit up & be displayed on the mantle, but could be posted flat – a card in a box was the perfect fold.

Elf in a Box | kelly kent

I really like Di Barnes’ tutorial & measurements for making a card in a box.  Click here visit her blog.


I wanted to make the card look like a present filled with presents!

Here it is folded flat…

Elf in a Box | kelly kent

And a closer view of the elf on the inside.  I masked out the Happy Holidays sentiment & replaced it with a bow!

Elf in a Box | kelly kent

I have loved using the Festive Phrases stamp set!  It’s retiring from the Holiday Catalogue and is available in the online store at a 15% discount for clear-mount and 20% discount for wood-mount.  The DSP for this card – Christmas Around the World – is also on the retirement list.

The Labels to Love stamp  set (sentiment on the card), Everyday Label Punch & Ready for Christmas stamp set (presents on the card) are all on the carryover list.  See the full list here.

Make sure to get any of your favourite Holiday Catalogue products by 2nd Jan 2018.  Shop 24-7 including Christmas Day in my online store.  Click here to browse.

Hopefully all your Christmas preparation is under control and you are spending today relaxing!  The Miss Papercrafts are I are constructing a gingerbread house – I think I prepare to work with paper!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

 

Just Add Ink #391 | Choose Two

Hello! And thanks for joining me for my last design team committment of 2017.

I’ve loved every post I’ve shared this year acros all my design team involvement including Just Add Ink, CASEing the Catty, Stamp Review Crew, Colour INKspiration & Stamping Sunday.

Design team cards – and all challenge entries – bring out the best in my creativity.  I’m terrible with a blank slate for creating, but give me a starting point and I’m away & running!!!

Today’s challenge from Just Add Ink was exactly like that.  After so many Christmas card designs during 2017, starting from way back in February, I’ve been excited about having my Occasions Catalogue pre-order to play with for some variety.

But then came this challenge and the Christmas creativity was sparked again!!!

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You’ll see from the design team cards on the Just Add Ink blog, your design doesn’t have to be Christmas themed.  The choose two element of this fun challenge means you can have twine & tags for a birthday project, or even trees & twine of a non-Christmas theme.

I have gone down the Christmas road with Twine & Trees….

Just Add Ink #391 Choose Two | kelly kent

It’s a shame I don’t have a ‘press here for smell’ button – I scented the ribbon with a holiday blend of essential oils!

Just Add Ink #391 Choose Two | kelly kent

I’d love to send this card to someone who visits my blog (anywhere in the world is fine!).  Leave a comment on my blog with your favourite thing about Christmas.  I’ll pick a recipient on Christmas Eve and pop it in the post next week.  It won’t arrive in time for Christmas – but it’s never the wrong time to get happy mail!!!

Merry Christmas, hope your final days of preparation are stress-free and wonderful!

If you’ve done all your shopping, wrapped all your presents and find yourself with some free time at the craft table, please join us over the the Just Add Ink blog and upload your twine-trees-tags creation!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Christmas

Earlier in the month, the Paper Adventures team celebrated Christmas.

I forgot to get a team photo (I’m terrible at capturing moments – too busy enjoying them!), but here’s me with our littlest Adventurer…

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

There was food, presents and of course stamping!

I organised a few festive games.  One of them was blindfolded stamping!

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Here’s how it worked…

I provided a box with stamp sets, blocks, ink pads, card bases, DSP, whisper white, ribbon & punches. Only one of each type of item was allowed at any time. Everyone formed teams of 2, with one person blindfolded and one person not. The ‘seeing’ person was able to get items, pass them to the ‘blind’ person, do any cutting required and give verbal instructions. The ‘blind’ person had to do everything else – stamping, sticking, punching, tie bows, etc
We set a 15 minute time limit and at the there was a parade and a winning card was chosen.

Here’s the teams in action…

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Congratulations to Coriana & Kristel for their winning creation!

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017


For our presents we swapped Secret Santa gifts filled with…Stampin’ Up!  That’s what everyone wants for Christmas – yes?!

I got this amazing stamp set from the upcoming Occasions 2018 Catalogue.

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

I can’t wait to ink up in the new year!  It will be perfect for team cards!


Of course there were gifts from me too (I love giving gifts any time of the year but Christmas is perfect for sharing the love!).

Each team member got a personalised Paper Adventures bag…

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

And a card…

Paper Adventures Christmas Card | kelly kent

As I was making the card I loved how it represented me & my style of 2017 – non-traditional colours, gold & white embossing, vellum, snowflakes…

Paper Adventures Christmas Card | kelly kent

And of course a message that shares how much my team means to me…

Paper Adventures Christmas Card | kelly kent

I wonder what 2018 will bring for new favourites & styling.

There’s so much more fun to be had for our Paper Adventures team in 2018.

If you’d like to be part of the fun, join Stampin’ Up! and see what it’s like.  Joining is a risk-free, excellent value opportunity – you should try it!

Click here for more info, or click here to select your Starter Kit.

Starter kits can include any combination of Annual Catalogue items, Holiday Catalogue products or Occasions Catalogue pre-order!!!

There’s never a bad time to join our amazing team!  And next Christmas you can join the party too!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Stamp Review Crew | Christmas Quilt

It’s that time of year when it’s the last of everything for 2017!

This is the last blog hop the Stamp Review Crew will do for 2017.  A big thanks to Tanya Boser for all her hard work coordinating the hops – it’s a pleasure to be involved with a talented group of stampers!

The theme for today is the Christmas Quilt stamp set – and coordinating Quilt Builder Framelits.

I thought this bundle would be around forever – but sadly it made its way to the retirement list.  If you have it on your wishlist, you’ll need to buy it soon.  Once 2nd January comes around, these items will no longer be available (or earlier if stocks sell out!).


I have been making, packaging, wrapping and giving lots of gifts this festive season.  Between coaches, teachers, friends & family, there’s lots of opportunities to share some handmade love in Australia!!!

I can wrap a box like a pro.  One of my jobs while I was at university was selling fragrance in a department store – so I spent hours wrapping gift boxes and boxes of perfume for lucky ladies & men!

Give me a box to wrap any day!  But irregular shapes are not my thing!!!  So if it’s not a box, it’s going in a gift bag.  Easy, fun & pretty – ticks all the boxes!

And it also provides opportunities for coordinating cards.  As usual, Stampin’ Up! are right on trend with packaging options this Christmas.

Here’s two cards that were inspired by a gift bag – using the Christmas Quilt stamp set!

First up is a Christmas theme…

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent

This one was based on a wine bottle bag featuring brightly coloured Christmas trees.

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent

I used the quilted triangle stamp to recreate the cute little Christmas trees and the trunk using the stitching!

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent


The second card is a thank you card for Miss Papercraft’s teacher…

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent

I used the diamond pieces to recreate the geometric pattern on the bag!

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent

You could use the dies to cut these out, but I just quickly snipped them with my paper scissors.

The colours are Dapper Denim, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party.

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent


I had so much fun playing with the shapes and making my creations nothing to do with quilting!!!  There’s so many ways to use our stamping supplies.

I know you’re going to see lots of great quilted creations if you keep hopping.

Visit Dawn Tidd in the US next for her great ideas.

Thank you for your support in 2017!

See you next year – our first Stamp Review Crew hop goes live on 1st January 2018!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Picture Perfect Birthday

Hello!  The Stamping Sunday Design Team would usually hop together on the fourth Sunday of the month, but that’s Christmas Eve, so we’ve brought it forward a week – hopefully you don’t mind!!

Thanks to Sara Levin for all her wonderful work coordinating the Stamping Sunday blog hops in 2017.  What a pleasure to hop with such a talented group of stampers!

The theme for this hop is the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set & coordinating products from the suite.  This range will be available in the upcoming Occasions catalogue!  Get ready for some sensational sneak peeks!

To see a list of everyone joining in this week’s hop, including our marvellous guest designer – Brian King – click on the cute blue frog.

My first project for today is a card for my brother who turns 32 next week.  How convenient that the gorgeous Picture Perfect Party DSP features balloons in the shape of a ‘3’ & a ‘2’.

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

One side of the DSP is photographic images – like the balloons!  And other side is printed patterns like the stripes and Lemon Lime Twist pattern.

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

I’m probably never likely to add ‘celebrate the good stuff’ to a card, so I cut this sentiment up to have ‘celebrate’ on its own.  This way it’ll get lots of use!

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

The photo DSP adds such a realistic element to your projects.  Wait til you see it in person – it has a definite wow factor!


Although this set is very clearly birthday themed, the second project I’m sharing with you is actually for Christmas!  I always like to be able to find the alternative uses in my Stampin’ Up! products.

The gift bow is fantastic for all gift giving occasions – including on this Christmas gift card holder.

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent

This gift card hold is simple to create.  Cut a piece of cardstock to 9-1/4″ x 3″ and score at 3-1/2″ & 7-1/2″.  Add a strip of DSP to the inside (9″ x 2-3/4″).  Decorate the front with coordinating cardstock & DSP (1″ & 3/4″ wide) and the cute bow from Picture Perfect Birthday.  The sentiment is perfect for this card!

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent

You don’t have to add a Bunnings gift card to the middle – but the colour combination works well!!!

I also used the bow as a ‘star’ on the top of my Christmas tree for the card!

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent


Thanks for hopping with us today!

To see more projects, please keep hopping.  Next up on the list is Brian King who has kindly agreed to share his talents with us today.  You’re going to love what he’s made!

Click on the blue frog for the full line-up.

Merry Christmas to you & your family from the Stamping Sunday Design Team!  We’ll be back in 2018 with more Occasions Catalogue projects!

If you live in Australian and I can help you with a copy of the Occasions catalogue, please let me know!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Colour INKspiration #24

Welcome to the final Colour INKspiration Challenge for 2017.

A big thank you to Bronwyn Eastley of Addinktive Designs for all her hard work coordinating the challenges and the design team.

Thanks to my fellow design team members for their inspiration and friendship.  Such a lovely group of talented crafters – and I’m always so honored to be in the mix.

Challenge #24 is a fabulous quartet of colours that you can either use for one last Christmas card (non-traditional of course!) or get you started for a birthday or other occasion card.  Don’t forget, you can add in any neutrals or metallics to complement your project.

The mix of pink, blue, red & Tranquil Tide (so difficult to colour define) is oh-so-pretty!!!

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In what is one endless stream of crazy-busy here at Papercraft HQ, I missed out on getting a card up for the CASEing the Catty challenge that’s running this week.  You can visit the CASeing the Catty blog hop starting here.

It’s such a fun theme this week – CASE the page number of your age (or the age you want to be) – and I didn’t want to miss out completely, so I’ve used it as a second dose of inspiration for my Colour INKspiration card.

Here’s my creation….

Colour INKspiration #24 | kelly kent

Inspired by the Colour INKspiration colours and page 34 of the Holiday Catalogue!!!

Colour INKspiration #24 | kelly kent

The ‘hello’ is half embossed with silver embossing powder, which is a fun effect I hadn’t tried before!!

I inked up the bottom half in Versamark then the whole stamp in Cherry Cobbler, added silver embossing powder and brushed off any that caught the Cherry Cobbler half, before zapping with my heat gun.

Colour INKspiration #24 | kelly kent

It’s always good to try new techniques – and the catalogues are full of interesting ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

To see more great ideas, keep hopping and visit my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman in sunny Queensland!

This challenge is open until Christmas Day. You can add your entry over on our Facebook page.

We’ll be taking a break from 26th Dec til 10th January, but look forward to seeing you in the New Year with another Colour INKspiration challenge.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #389 | Inspiration

It’s about this time of the year I start getting Snowflake Fatigue!  The timing of this week’s Just Add Ink challenge is perfect!

Everything in this picture says Australian Christmas to me from the colours to the gum leaves!

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You can use any element or theme of the inspiration picture to spur your creativity.  Upload your project to our blog to share with everyone.

You can also see the fabulous Just Add Ink team projects on the blog.

My card is inspired by an Australian Bush Christmas theme….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

Apart from the sentiment, all the elements are from the non-Christmas product range.  There’s no such thing as ‘just a birthday set’.

The wreath is from Hello Friend, the gumnuts are from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous and the Wood Textures DSP is part of the everyday DSP range.

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

The floral elements from the Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe – even work well for a quick spruce of the inside….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m sure there isn’t a child who attended Kindy in Australia that doesn’t remember spray painting gumnuts silver or gold to make Christmas decorations!  I wonder if they still do that?

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m not sure if the availability of Pinterest has made Kindy teaching easier or harder?  I take my hat off to all teachers – it’s a rollercoaster of a job!  An hour in a classroom and I’m exhausted!

Thanks for joining me today!  Hopefully your Christmas card creating is going well.  I have much more ambition than time, so there’s a chance I’ll be extending the Christmas spirit through til January.  Or maybe Feb!!!

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CASEing the Catty #157 | Case a Colour Combination

How’s your Christmas card prep going?

I’d like to say I’m organised, but Christmas is coming at me so fast…!

Thankfully, there’s challenges like CASEing the Catty to keep me inspired with new card designs each week.

This week at CASEing the Catty, we are finding inspiration from a colour combination within the pages of either the Annual Catalogue or Holiday Catalogue.

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Since I’m on a mission to get some Christmas cards created, I chose the colours from the Merry Little Christmas suite – pages 10-13 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I love the contrast of the Black & Old Olive . It’s not quite modern, not quite traditional!!

This is my card using an eclectic mix of some of my favourite Stampin’ Up! products…

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

I love mixing and matching the items in my collection – it means you’re always sure to get an interesting finish.

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

Here you can see…

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

I’m calling this one stylishly modern!

If you need a kick-start on the creative process, perhaps you’d like to choose a colour combination from one of the catalogues and join in our challenge.  You can find us on Facebook.  Click here to join the fun.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous from in NZ – Sandra Collett.

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com