Just Add Ink #473 | Choose Two

It’s so lovely to be back designing for a Just Add Ink challenge.  Apart from the fabulous group of ladies in the design team, one of the things that tempted me to stay with JAI is the range of challenges.  It’s a great way to inspire a range of creativity.with a rotating list of fabulous challenge themes.  This week it’s “Choose Two” – Metallics, Twine or Washi Tape.

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I am a serial washi tape hoarder.  I buy a new set almost every catalogue and so rarely use it.  The washi from last year’s Holiday Catalogue is currently on the clearance rack (click here to check it out the Clearance Rack), which reminded me to use it – and lots of it!

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The wreath for this card was created by wrapping washi tape around a cardstock ring (made with circle dies).

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kent

WASHI TIP: Use the metallic washi from the Suite Season washi pack to line the outside edge of the mat layer – creating a pretty layer underneath your card front.

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kentEMBOSSING TIP: Run your cardstock through the Subtle folder twice – once each direction to create more texture.

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kent

The dimensions for this card:

  • Card Base (Whisper White Thick) – 5″ x 10″, scored at 5″
  • Mat Layer (Whisper White with Washi Tape border) – 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″
  • Card Front (Whisper White embossed with the Subtle folder) – 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kent

The ribbon for this card is retired.  Ribbon is another thing I hoard, so I’m trying to use more of my stash before succumbing to the new pretty ribbon in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.

The stamp set is brand new though – and a total favourite (even at this early stage!).  You’ll want to get your hands on the new and amazing Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.  It’s perfect for just about every Christmas greeting you’ll need this holiday season.

Click here to see it in the online store.


If you have some hoarded craft supplies that need some love, join us for this Choose Two challenge.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog to add your project to the link up.

Have a great weekend!

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ESAD Blog Hop | 2019 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek

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Whether I’m ready or not, Christmas is coming! I know some crafters who start their Christmas card making in February. I’m much more of a December girl… Looming deadline and all that. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy collecting all the pretty things in the lead up to my Christmas craft frenzy! I know we’re all going to find lots of things to add to our shopping list after this hop.

I’m joining my Aussie & Kiwi demo friends (from the ESAD Facebook group) to share a sneak peek of the upcoming 2019 Holiday Catalogue. It goes live on 4th September, check with your local demonstrator to get your hands on a copy!

My catalogue favourite is always the new injection of DSP. As always there’s pretty colours, beautiful patterns and fresh inspiration! My other favourite is a good punch & stamp punch.  This year I’ve got a Christmas crush on the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree Punch bundle.  And the final thing I was super excited about is the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.  I have all the sets in the “Itty Bitty” range and they are fabulous for having a range of greetings at your fingertips. The Christmas one is no exception.

So, with the Wrapped in Plaid DSP, the Pine Tree Punch and Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set in my hot little hands, I whipped up my first Christmas card of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue season.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

This card is a fancy fold inspired by my teamie – Mandy Depiazzi – who used this fold at class.  Her inspiration came from Jackie Bolhuis.  I’m not sure that it has a name – Jackie simply referred to is as a Quick & Easy Fun Fold.  And she’s right about that.  It’s so simple but such a great layout.  I’ve been using it for lots of cards this month.

The card base isn’t folded – it’s 1/4 of a sheet of cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ for Australian sizing).  The DSP on the base is 3″ x 5-7/8″.  The centre panel – which folds out to reveal your writing panel is 2-3/4″ x 11-11/16″ (the length of an A4 sheet of cardstock), scored at half way (5-7/8″).  The front side of the panel is covered with more DSP – 2-1/2″ x 5-7/8″.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

The card has a front flap that attaches to the reverse of the base and folds around.  You can make this flap any size you like.  Mine measured 1-1/2″ x 5-7/8″ (I just used an offcut I already had from cutting the card base), which I then cut with the Triple Banner Punch and then scored at 4-1/8″.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

The decoration can also be any design that fits with your card theme.  I’ve used the tree in the Wrapped in Plaid DSP (how awesome is the gold foiling through the DSP?!?) on a Stitched Shape circle and finished with a Merry Christmas Label (Itty Bitty Christmas + Classic Label Punch).  Oh, and a star using the Twinkle Builder punch (this is a good punch to coordinate with the Pine Tree Punch).

The colours for this card are Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Shaded Spruce, Gold, Whisper White.

Thank you for joining me and my crafty friends for this hop.  Next blog to visit is my gorgeous friend Monique Fielder. If you get lost through broken links anywhere on the hop, check out the list below to skip through.

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Blog hop participant list:

  1. Sharon Dalton
  2. Cathy Pinchbeck
  3. Tanya Rees
  4. Sandra Mastello
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Rochelle Blok
  7. Lou Kitzelman
  8. Nicole Wilson
  9. Bronwyn Eastley
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  12. Libby Dyson
  13. Jo Weedon
  14. Cheryl Algie
  15. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  16. Denise Buetler
  17. Rebecca Scurr
  18. Kelly Kent
  19. Monique Fielder
  20. Maree McIntosh
  21. Melissa Gifford
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  24. Jackie Aitken
  25. Lauren Meiklejohn

 

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Christmas in July

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop with our Paper Adventures team.  We’re all sharing festive projects today for a Christmas in July theme.  Although any thoughts of Christmas at this point of the year seem way too early for me, this year is speeding by and it’ll be that time before we know it!  A little bit of early preparation does seem like a good idea!

We’re joined today by the amazing Denise Buetler – a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Western Australia.  I know you’re going to love Denise’s project so make sure to click the next button at the end of this post to visit.

As always, Stampin’ Up! have a range of Christmas themed stamp sets in the Annual Catalogue that have carried over from previous holiday offerings.  The 2019 range of Christmas products is available in September when the Holiday Catalogue gets released on 4th September.  If you love Christmas and you don’t want to wait, then joining our Paper Adventures team is the answer for you.  WIth extra value in the Starter Kit until 31st August, a bonus shopping voucher, 20% discount until at least 31st January 2020 and early access to the Holiday Catalogue, it’s a great time to purchase a Starter Kit and join the Stampin’ Up! family.  Click here for more information.

The returning set from the Annual Catalogue that I’ve chosen to feature today is Dashing Deer.

I was so excited to order this last year in the Holiday Catalogue but between a newborn and moving house, it didn’t get as much love as those reindeer deserved.   I was so glad to see it carry over into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!!

I started making cards for this hop and the creative process took me on a journey of different styles.  Which made me think – which type of Christmas are you???  Traditional, modern or neutral tones?

Paper Adventures Team Hop Christmas in July | kelly kent

I think there’s a wonderful place at Christmas for the traditional red & green.  For this card I’ve used Cherry Cobbler as the card base, Mossy Meadow for the mat, Whisper White Stitched Lace layer and a pennant using the Stitched Nested Label die with a gold embossed reindeer.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace layer was cut to size using a Stitched Rectangle Die.  I love the polished finish the stitched edges give and with so many stitched options in the range, it’s easy to coordinate all the layers.


The next style is made from Crumb Crumb & Early Espresso giving it a fabulous neutral colour palette – and though subdued, it’s definitely not boring!  I love neutral and think this style of colouring can give such a classic look.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

This card features a corrugated background with a DSP panel running down the middle.  The reindeer is stamped in Early Espresso with clear embossing to give it a lovely shine.  All finished with some linen thread.


The final card I’m sharing is probably my preferred style, though I don’t have a favourite of the three I’ve shown you today – I love them all!  With blues & teals, this card is more of a modern Christmas trend with bright colours & metallics.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

I’ve used the Noble Peacock Speciality DSP – which is more like a patterned foil than it is a normal DSP.  It’s very deluxe!!!  To continue with the deluxe theme, I matted it with Silver Foil and added lots of embellishments – foilage (Pool Party sprigs & vellum leaves), pearls, champagne foil flowers and of course a fabulous Sparkle Glimmer reindeer, mounted on a Stitched Nested Label die.


I’d love to hear which Christmas style you are – one of my three or do you have a different style that you prefer?  Leave me a comment!

Keep hopping for more July Christmas inspiration and visit our wonderful guest designer – Denise Buetler.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Merry Christmas 2018 plus 2019 DSP

Merry Christmas!  It’s been a while between posts – but the stamps, inks and paper have still been working hard here at Papercraft HQ this festive season.  I’ve just not had that extra bit of spare time to share those creations with you!  To say it was busy was an understatement.  I sent significantly less Christmas cards than usual!!!  I’m playing catch up this week – happy mail is always a lovely surprise, even if it’s late.

Knowing that the Christmas crazy would settle down eventually, I did take some photos along the way – today’s share is the thank you card I made for our postie who went above and beyond for us.  Postmen (and post-ladies) in Australia deliver mail on a motorbike, so this stamp was perfect!

So Santa | kelly kent

It mixes the fabulous “Australian” Christmas stamp set So Santa and a new DSP (Classic Garage) available in Occasions catalogue – which starts 3rd January 2019.  The ‘thank you’ is from the Takeout Treats stamp set.  Both stamp sets are retiring on 2nd Jan 2019, but still available to purchase on any order until then (unless sold out).  I know So Santa is going to be a keeper for me – it’s so rare to get summery Christmas sets!  See the product table at the end of this post for a list of all the products I’ve used to make this card.

So Santa | kelly kent


Playing with my new DSP reminded me of how special it is to own all the DSP.

So, top of my list this week was to get the details finalised for the newest offering of DSP – including the Classic Garage.  A DSP share really the best way to own all the DSP in a totally affordable way!

2019 Occasions DSP Share | kelly kent

Pre order is available now for Australian customers or demonstrators.  Secure your place via the PayPal links below – first link is local pick up, second link includes Australia wide delivery.

2019 Occasions Catalogue DSP Share – local pick up (Bunbury)

90 sheets of 6″ x 6″ DSP. (82 patterns from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue plus 8 SAB bonus sheets). All 7 DSP packs from the new catalogue (does not include Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper). Local pick up from Bunbury. If you require your share posting, please select the link below.

A$36.00

2019 Occasions Catalogue DSP Share – with Australia wide postage

90 sheets of 6" x 6" DSP. (82 patterns from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue plus 8 SAB bonus sheets). All 7 DSP packs from the new catalogue (does not include Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper). Australia wide postage in a tracked satchel. If you'd like to pick-up from Bunbury, WA, please select the link above.

A$44.50

Pre-order via PayPal before 10pm WA time 2nd January 2019 to receive Frosted Flower Embellishment share (4 each of 3 colours) as a gift.

Note: all paper shares must be completed in sets of 4.  If I am unable to fill your share, I will communicate this with you and refund your payment.

What is a “Share”?

A share is a select range of products from the catalogue broken into smaller quantities so that you can order more of your favourites.  Smaller quantities means a smaller cost.  Think of it as a try before you buy option – or a get it all now option.  See and feel the DSP in person, and then order full packs of your favourites.  Sometimes a paper doesn’t become a favourite until it’s in your craft stash!

What makes up a “Share”?

I’ve calculated what I need for each share, how many people the share will include and the total cost.  I collect orders until I fill the share and then I order all the materials (paper or ribbon) required for the share.  Once they arrive, I meticulously cut the DSP and carefully package it for delivery or pickup.

When do you get your items?

Items will generally be ready to post within 2 weeks of receiving your order.  In the unlikely event I am unable to complete the numbers required for a share, I will refund your purchase via PayPal.  If you are local & picking up, I will contact you to arrange a pick up date.  If you have opted for postage, I will contact you with a tracking number once your parcel is posted.


My plan is to get beautiful new paper out to as many craft rooms in Australia as possible.  I love DSP and want to share the beautiful new patterns with you!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Christmas

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Hello!  It’s been oh-so-quiet on my blog of late.  I’m still spending lots of time with Baby Papercraft – but how could I resist this gorgeous smile?

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Not only did we add a baby to Team Papercraft this year, we also added a house! So the last month has been crazy busy with packing, moving & all the things that come with acquiring a new house.

On the upside, the new house comes with enough space for a craft room!  So after many, many, many years of crafting amongst the chaos, I have my very own space to create.  Now, if I could only conjure up some time to spend in my special craft room, the world would be perfect!!!  I have that to look forward to!!!

Although blogging has slipped down my priority list recently, I didn’t want to miss our team hop, so I’ve snuck into the craft room between baby feeds and big kid activities and created a couple of cards to share for our Christmas themed hop.

Big thanks to the talented Shannon Kissane for being our guest designer this hop!  Wasn’t her Christmas project amazing???

Since my craft time is limited, I decided I wanted to create deluxe cards. I pulled out the stunning Joyous Noel Specialty DSP, shiny Copper Foil and copper embossing to create this fancy fold design I’ve been desperate to try after seeing it on Patty Bennett’s Facebook.

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

It’s called a double easel card and they are so easy to make but so stunning!!!

So stunning I made it in two colours!!!

The first is Merry Merlot, Sahara Sand and copper.

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

I’ve taken lots of photos to show you all the angles – which is actually ironic because I haven’t yet worked out what the best option is for photos in the new house!  So they are highly average…. but you get the idea!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

The card is a normal card base with a folded front attached.  I’ll add measurements & instructions to this post soon (when I have more time!!!)

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

The second is Tranquil Tide, Gray Granite & copper – with gorgeous reindeer!!!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

It fold flat for posting but stands up for display.  I love any card with this feature!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  I love both creations but you know I’m a pushover for anything with reindeer!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us tonight! Next up on the hop is Mandy Depiazzi with her fabulous Christmas creation!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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