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!

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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!!!

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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

 

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