Stamp Review Crew | Perfectly Plaid

Hello! There’s 5 Mondays in November this year, which means a bonus hop for Stamp Review Crew. The specially chosen extra set is a Christmas set from the Annual Catalogue – Perfectly Plaid. Did you spy the Christmas sets hiding out in our year long catalogue?

I’ve made two cards to share with you today.

The first is one that we are making at Social Stamping this morning (starting in just a few moments). Here’s the sneak peak if you are reading this before you come!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

It looks like a Santa Suit with buttons from the All Dressed Up Dies. The belly band – his belt – is removable…

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

And when it opens up, it’s both a card and a gift card holder.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I’ve used the sentiments from the Perfectly Plaid stamp – ‘ho ho ho’ is just perfect for Santa! And a Merry Christmas on the inside.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

For the second card, I couldn’t resist using my favourite tree image from the set. There’s three to choose from, and I just think this one is so sweet!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The colours and layout were inspired by the leafy hearts of the first hop of this month. You can see the rainbow leaf hearts by clicking here. The colours are: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay & Gorgeous Grape.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The trees were so easy to line up using the Stamparatus – and the hinge stamping means you get even spacing between the trees. This tree stamp in the set comes with a coordinating stamp that fills in the leaves of the tree – making it easy to add the pops of colour.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I added matching stars to the top (die cut using the smallest star die from the Stitched Stars set) as the finishing touch. It’s purposefully sentiment free, though I am still tempted to add a sentiment from a different set as the ones in the Perfectly Plaid stamp set don’t suit the vision I have for the card. Do you ever mix & match images & sentiments from different sets? It’s a great way to extend the style of a stamp set and give it new life.

Next stop on this international hop is the fun stylings of Mike Funke in the US.

Thanks for hopping with us today. If you need any supplies for your Christmas crafting, be sure to visit stampinup.com.au. If you already have a demonstrator, please shop with them. If you live in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator, you can add me as yours in the online store by searching for ‘Kelly Kent’ in the “select a demonstrator to shop with” field.

You can always message me on Facebook or Instagram with any questions you have or email me by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | merry & bright

Hello! Has the silly season hit your house yet? I feel like it has all ramped up here, just in the past week! In Australia, Christmas coincides with the end of our school year, so it’s a whole big flurry of activity as activities end (and have end of year concerts and performances) and school draws to a close for 2020.

The theme for the Social Stamping blog host this month is ‘merry & bright’. This happens to be one of the sentiment options in my favourite bundle from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

The Peace & Joy bundle comes with a stamp set filled with sentiment and artistic stamping options and a die set to coordinate with the large words.

The large sentiment stamps (peace, joy and bright) can be cut and layered using the dies, but I’ve added texture for these cards using two tone inking. I first inked up the stamp in the lighter colour (Seaside Spray) and added the darker ink (Misty Moonlight) using a Sponge Dauber. It creates a beautiful dimension without having to use the dies.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

The colours for these cards are Whisper White and Smoky Slate together with Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy (and a touch of silver foil). My favourite Christmas combinations are usually not traditional red & greens.

Are you making cards in bulk this Christmas? One easy way to extend the design is use the same pieces, but slightly change the layout. I’ve done this my turning the card into a portrait orientation and made the strips into banners using the Banners Pick A Punch.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Other products used for this card were:

  • Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
  • Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Sprig Punch
  • Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack
  • Metallic Pearls

The other cards I’m sharing with you today use the Peace & Joy Bundle with the same layout and features, but in pink tones. Ever since I saw the stamps in this set, I’ve had plans to combine them with the Beautiful World stamp set to create a play on the ‘joy to the world’ theme. You could also do this for ‘peace on earth’.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Once again, the colours are non-traditional Christmas in Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride, with Whisper White and Sahara Sand.

The two tone sentiment is the same technique as well, using Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose ink. I’ve also stamped the globe in Granny Apple Green and edged in Mossy Meadow.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Other products in this card are the Subtle Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies and Basic Pearl Jewels.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

These cards were an option for Social Stamping this term. If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to make some pretty Christmas cards, we’d love to have you join us on a Monday morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe (9.30am start, see here for all the details). We have 2 sessions left for 2020.

I can imagine a ‘peace to you and yours’ using this layout and design style in traditional Christmas colours, but I ran out of time this week to create them! That’s a project for another day!

To see what the rest of my stamping friends have been up to with their Christmas creations, keep hopping. Next up is my lovely friend Elizabeth Gross in QLD. To see the full list of stampers joining me today, click here for the main blog host post.

I hope you have a merry and bright lead up to Christmas! Tis the season to be jolly!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | merry & bright

Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. They started when we first started seeing lockdown in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many months later, various parts of our country, and a large percent of the world are still experiencing significant issues resulting from the virus.

In Western Australia, we look to having a fairly local Christmas as all travel to other states comes with conditions of quarantine and/or COVID testing on return. There’s no international travel (other than applications for exemption for extenuating circumstances) – a state of play that is likely to condition until mid next year – at the earliest. We continue to have the luxury of very few COVID cases in our state and no community transmission for over 6 months. I am grateful for these statistics but also realistic about the hardships people face as they are unable to freely travel.

Thankfully, the one area of travel that hasn’t been restricted is our online gallivanting. We have access to friends and family by internet using Zoom, Skype, Messenger and other video calling. While it will never replace seeing a loved one in person, our access to the rest of the world in the technological space allows for human connection while staying in our bubble – whether that be a home level lockdown or a state level one.

It also gives us access to a world of inspiration for our crafty endeavours. Are you crafting more now than ever before? I’m really enjoying being able to hand craft gifts and cards this Christmas. With the postal system being under considerable strain, the “shop local” and creative gift giving is perfect!

The theme for today’s blog host is ‘merry & bright’. It’s important in what has been a very tough year for many, that we take the time to look for the merry and create the bright this festive season. It may not look like the Christmas we had planned, or the ones that feel familiar to us, but there’s still the option to make it something special.

As always, my wonderful stamping friends have joined me on the hop to share their talents with you for projects that inspire. The full list of participants is below, but each blog should link to the next for easy transition.

Happy hopping!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List | merry & bright

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Elizabeth Gross
  3. Lisa Whitehead
  4. Lou Kitzelman
  5. Julia Quinn
  6. Michelle Strazds
  7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  8. Andrea Sargent
  9. Sandra Collett
  10. Jan McQueen
  11. Sheila Pybus
  12. Denise Buetler
  13. Catherine Creer

Just Add Ink #532 | sketch

Hello! I love that Just Add Ink goes live in time for all your weekend crafting. Hopefully there’s lots of it for you! This week’s challenge is a sketch – I hope it’s inspiring for whatever project you have on your to-do list, or just for a play with your favourite products.

This sketch lends itself to any type of card you’d need to make. I’m firmly in the Christmas zone at the moment and have used it to make a holly themed Christmas card using the gorgeous flocked specialty paper – Plush Poinsettia.

Banner Year | kelly kent

The holly stamps and Christmas Wishes sentiment are from the Banner Year stamp set.

Banner Year | kelly kent

Although my favourite Christmas cards are generally not the traditional red & green combination, it seemed like the right choice to coordinate with the flocking. The card base and holly berries are Cherry Cobbler and the holly leaves are Shaded Spruce. I really love how the rich colours against the white turned out!

Banner Year | kelly kent

The final touches for this card was gold twine (from the Wonder of the Season Combo Ribbon Pack) and a white on black heat embossed sentiment.

If you use this sketch to inspire a project this week, please share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog. You can also see all the design team cards here too.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Coming Home

Hello! Thanks for joining us for our second edition of Stamp Review Crew for November 2020. We hop on the first and third Monday of each month, sharing projects we’ve made using a selected Stampin’ Up! stamp set. Today’s chosen stamp set is Coming Home – together with the coordinating Home Together Dies from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

The dies were what really sold me on this bundle, though having some pretty houses was also a major gap in my collection. There’s so much potential in this set!

My card today is a sneak peek of what the stampers who come to Social Stamping today will be making. Social Stamping is my coffee & cards session that runs almost every Monday during the school term at the local Taste of Dalyellup cafe. This term it’s all about Christmas cards, so the addition of the teeny tiny wreath to the houses from this stamp set was the perfect festive touch!

Coming Home | kelly kent

To make this card, I stamped the house in Basic Gray ink and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Mostly I use Tuxedo Black Memento ink when working with my Blends, but they actually work with almost all the classic ink colours.

Coming Home | kelly kent

The house is coloured in Light & Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the tree, car and wreath in Basic Gray ink as well and coloured those with Light & Dark Real Red and Light & Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

Coming Home | kelly kent

The Coming Home stamp set is sentiment free – which means you can combine it with your favourite sentiments from other sets. I’ve used the ‘A Very Merry Christmas’ stamp from the Gift Wrapped stamp set.

The finishing touches for this card are some Linen Thread and a border die in Real Red from the Ornate Borders Dies. The card mat is Smoky Slate and the card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock.

I made another variation of this card using the same pieces. I always like to offer two options for Social Stamping cards and I encourage crafters to be creative and make their own version too.

Coming Home | kelly kent

I love the houses in this set, but the car and the trees, together with the gorgeous dies are a highlight for me! Stamp sets with diversity are always such fun and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the crew does with it.

Coming Home | kelly kent

Next stop to visit is the beautiful stylings of Ann Schach in the USA. You can see the full line up of international stamping rockstars on the Stamp Review Crew blog (this post may go live slightly later than my post, so check back if it’s missing right away).

Thanks for hopping today. I hope whatever plans you are making for Christmas are starting to come together just as you hoped. Border restrictions have just eased here in Western Australia, and although that doesn’t affect my plans on a personal level, I’m so very excited for everyone that will now get to see their loved ones that they may have been separated from.

Stay safe and as we ride this next wave of changes, please be kind to each other!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | Peaceful Nativity

We’ve been so lucky to be able to run Social Stamping each week in Term 4. There’s quite a few regular ladies who are building up a stash of Christmas cards to send or give this festive season. But, there’s always room for more at the table! Why don’t you join us tomorrow? We’re making 2 more Christmas cards, with a hot drink included for just $13.

We like to provide a range of cards, and take requests if you’d like to see a particular style in the coming weeks. A couple of weeks ago we made this traditionally themed Christmas card using the Peaceful Nativity stamp set from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Peaceful Nativity | kelly kent

The style of this stamp set really lends itself to an interlocking card, which when you add the Pinewood Planks embossed cardstock on each of the front panels, does a good job of recreating a stable-like feel. Haven’t seen my interlocking cards before? Click here for a cute birthday version and here for a sympathy version (and the instructions).

When you slide up the rejoice panel and open it up, it reveals the beautiful stamped imagery on the inside.

Peaceful Nativity | kelly kent

The colours for the nativity scene are Stampin’ Blends in lots of neutral tones – inspired by the colouring in the catalogue. It’s always my go-to when I want guidance on how best to represent the intent of the concept artist. We also stamped and coloured the envelope.

I really love the sentiments in this set. There’s lots of beautiful phrasing you can use inside & outside the card.

The Peaceful Nativity stamp set comes with dies to cut out all the stamped images and extra details, which makes it so easy to add some traditional cards for your family and friends this Christmas. This stamp set, and all the supplies you’ll need can be purchased from my online store. Click here to browse. Click here for the direct link to the Peaceful Nativity bundle.

I’m always happy to answer questions about products (email or Facebook me to request a call), or you can see me in person at Social Stamping tomorrow. 9.30am at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | gift wrapping & packaging

Hello! Thanks for joining in for the November edition of the Paper Adventures Team Hop. Today’s theme is oh-so-relevant as we embark on the end of year festive season – teacher presents, thank you presents, Christmas presents…. it’s all about gift wrapping and packaging.

We welcome Lorri Heiling from the US as our guest designer. I have a big crush on Lorri’s crafty style and love everything she shares. You can check out her blog – Confessions of a Stamping Addict – by clicking here. Such a great title for a blog – it sums up where we are all so well!!!

I can’t wait for you to see what the team share for gift wrapping and packaging ideas tonight. I’m excited for the inspiration, as I love giving out presents!

My packaging is going to be your go-to this Christmas when you need something easy but super cute – it’s the Mini Coffee Cups & Coffee Caddy from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

As well as the coffee cups and caddy, you’ll also need:

  • a choice of DSP (Heartwarming Hugs)
  • a sentiment stamp set (Warm Hugs)
  • ribbon or twine (Mossy Meadow Diagonal Stripe & Real Red Braided Linen Trim)
  • cello bag (Mosaic Gusseted Cello Bags)
Mini Coffee | kelly kent

You may also want to use the Warm Wraps Dies – they cut out the cutest band for your Mini Coffee Cups. They coordinate with the Warm Hugs stamp set, giving you lots of options for embellishing your sweet treats. I’ve filled the cello bag with locally made Rocky Road and popped a sachet of hot chocolate powder into the coffee cup.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

If you thought the Mini Coffee Cups & Caddy were just for Christmas, then look at the next version I made. By changing up the DSP and colours, it’s really easy for this to be a birthday or thank you gift.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

This one features the Flowers for Every Season DSP and ribbon combo pack.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

There’s Favourites chocolates in the cello bag and a generic ‘for you’ sentiment, ready for any occasion. The stamp set is still the Warm Hugs one I used for the Christmas version – such a versatile one to have in your collection.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

I’ve used the Banner Triple punch for the tag on each creation, but you could also cut banners with scissors if you don’t own this yet. It does make banner ends a breeze!

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

Which version do you think you’ll have the most need for this season? All occasion or Christmas? There’s 8 cups and caddys in each pack . I’m going to make up all 8 and have them ready to give out in December. It’s part of my strategy for less rush this year! Will it work??? Probably not – last minute crafting is always a thing in my craft room! More ideas than time!!!

Next up to share their awesome gift wrapping and packaging ideas is Mandy Depiazzi. She’s the queen of boxes and I know you’re going to love what she’s made today.

Have a wonderful weekend. I’ve got a full schedule on my craft on my to-do list with preparation for Social Stamping to do and a couple of blogs during the week to create for #bestjobintheworld!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List:

Lorri Heiling (Guest Designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Kelly Kent
Mandy Depiazzi
Lisa Whitehead
Narelle Simm
Robyn Houston

Just Add Ink #530 | Stamps, Paper, Ink

Hello! Thanks for joining me for Just Add Ink this week. It’s a fabulous theme – back to the roots of what we do and love…. stamps, paper & ink!

That’s right – just those things. No punches, no dies, no fancy embellishments – just the basics for papercraft!

The design for my card, using the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set takes inspiration from the stamp set sleeve! I lined up the gnomes on top of the printed cover in the same pattern and then attached them to my block so that when I stamped them on the card front, they were in exactly the same position as they appear on the stamp set case. Did you know that unless stated, all Stampin’ Up! artwork images are shown at 100% in the catalogue and on the stamp set cover. It makes it so much easier to visualise how they will look and stamp on your card.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

In keeping with only using ink, stamps and paper for my card, I’ve coloured the images with a Blender Pen and ink directly from the stamp pad. The colour scheme for the gnomes was inspired by a gorgeous card i saw by Laura Mackie. You can see her gnomes by clicking here. The colours are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and a touch of Granny Apple Green and Crushed Curry.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The final addition to the card was a solid black line drawn with a fine tip sharpie pen and ruler and a Christmas sentiment underneath. Remember how much I love fonts – I love this font!!!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see the variety of ways you all interpret this challenge. Try to keep it as simple as possible. We want to see the stamps, paper and ink shine! Add your card to the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog. Click here to visit. You’ll also find all the other design team cards with more ideas on how to create a card just using the basics.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Curvy Celebrations | Coming soon

It’s become tradition for Stampin’ Up! to share an early release with us from the upcoming mini catalogue. From 3rd November 2020, customers will be able to order products from the Curvy Celebrations suite.

But wait, there’s something special about the 2020 release – they’ve upped the ante! As well as letting us order the Curvy Celebrations stamp set a whole 2 months early, they have also released limited edition Christmas products that coordinate with the Curvy Dies.

154319QUITE CURVY BUNDLE
Includes the Quite Curvy Photopolymer Stamp Set and Curvy Dies
$72 AUD
155364CURVY CHRISTMAS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET
Exclusive stamp set
$37 AUD
155969CLASSIC CHRISTMAS 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Exclusive Designer Series Paper; 
$20 AUD
158396QUITE CURVY VARIETY BUNDLE
Includes the Quite Curvy Bundle, the Curvy Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set, and the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper at a 10% discount.
$123.25 AUD

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is being able to pre-order these releases even earlier than early – and at a discount! If you’d like that kind of special treatment, join my Paper Adventures Team. Click here to purchase your $169 Starter Kit ($235 of your choice of products with free shipping) and enjoy a 20% discount until at least April 2021. It’s the perfect time to join and get all your Christmas crafting needs at a fabulous price. As well as the discount and perks you’ll find yourself part of a wonderful group of stampers – new friends and a place to hang out online? Yes please!


Here’s what I made with the Curvy Christmas stamp set and Curvy Dies once they hit WA shores.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

I’m still in a blue phase, so it’s a Night of Navy, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight trio with silver highlights.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

I’ve combined the stars from the curvy stamp with the Stitched Stars Dies. As always, the new products coordinate perfectly with things you’ve already got in your craft room.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

The detail and curve of these dies is so pretty. I love how the sentiments are made to follow the curve as well!

I know you’re going to fall in love with this bundle. Just two more sleeps and it will all be available in my online store. Click here to shop.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Trimming the Town | Step Panel Card

This style of card (Step Panel Card) has been on my to-make list for forever. It’s definitely in the category of super easy once you know how and looks amazing, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to try it out!

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The card has two hinged sections which sit into box shapes when the card is standing up and lay flat when folded. This means it can be displayed beautifully, but it can also fit into a standard size envelope.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

I followed instructions and measurements by Amanda Bates – you can see her post here.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The theme for this card started with wanting to have the cute little Christmas trees from the Home Together Dies on the front panel. I used the ink swiping technique to create the coloured cardstock for these. Using the edge of your inkpad, swipe the whole pad (at an angle) across a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I layered Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz to get some contrast in green. I used the same technique for the cardstock on the front of the card base.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The Trimming the Town DSP coordinated beautifully with my trees so I’ve used it on the back panel of the card. The front panel is Whisper White with embossing from the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The finishing touches were Gold Glitter Enamel Dots and a Christmas sentiment from the Peace & Joy stamp set.

You can see the card above all folded up and ready to go in the envelope. It’s the perfect level of fancy, fun and practical for Christmas cards you need to post this festive season.

If you need any more supplies for you stamping stash, my online store is open 24-7 and delivery starts at a very low $5.95 direct to your door. Click here to start adding to your shopping cart.

Happy shopping and stamping!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com