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

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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!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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

Painted Wreath

How’s your Christmas card prep going?

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

I have some designs worked out and some time planned to create!  That’s a good start – yes??

Here’s one of my latest cards using the Painted Harvest flower as a wreath.

 

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I have no idea who to credit the original wreath adaptation to, but what a cool idea!  From sunflower to Christmas wreath!

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I coloured some pearls with the dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend to make textured berries on my wreath.

The wreath is stamped in Pear Pizzazz for the bottom/fuller layer and Garden Green for the top/smaller layer.

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I can’t wait to have my cards made and send some happy around the world.

And I’ll be checking my letterbox for happy mail of my own!  The joys of having stamping friends is knowing you’ll blessed with some handmade goodness.

#makeacardsendacard

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Stamping Sunday | Beachy Little Christmas

It’s the fourth Sunday of the month, which is the special day I get to hop with my friends from Stamping Sunday.

You can find the whole line up for today’s theme by clicking on the little blue frog.

This blog hop brings you inspiration from all around the world – which is particularly relevant for this hop.

Given the different seasons that the Christmas period brings, we are either showcasing Beachy Little Christmas or Snowflake Sentiments.

Growing up in Australia, it’s most likely that our Christmas Day is going to be hot.  I’m not actually sure I’ve ever spent a Christmas Day at the beach – but this is a very popular pastime for lots and lots of bronzed Aussies.

So, when I saw the Beachy Little Christmas stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue, I knew it was going to be fun!!!


I love all the parts of this stamp set and used most of them between my two projects today.

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The first card is inspired by the tree in the stamp set, but I decided to transform the tree base to a string tree.  Perhaps reminiscent of a tree made from old fishing nets???

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

I spent some time fussy cutting the beachy ornaments from the tree to add to my string tree…

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

I love the idea of a non-traditional tree with shells & starfish as decorations!

I couldn’t leave off the saying – it completes the theme, but I didn’t want to clutter the clean & simple design with a sentiment, so I popped it on the inside!

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent


The second card uses the other sentiment in the set with another shell theme…

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The shells are shimmery in the sunlight (which most of my photos are not for this post – I couldn’t get the lighting quite right!!!)

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The inside is decorated for this card too!

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The Merry Christmas comes from the Half Full stamp set – it’s my favourite ‘Merry Christmas’ stamp in the Holiday Catalogue.


Thanks for hopping with us today!  Click on the blue frog to see who’s next on the hop.  There’s bound to be a snowflake on the horizon!!!

It’s free shipping from 9pm tonight until 8.59pm tomorrow (WA time, midnight -11.59pm Sydney time).

So, if you live in Australia and see anything on the blog hop that you’d like to order, you can add all those items to your shopping cart (click here for the online store) and have it delivered directly to your door at no additional cost for postage.  Any order big or small!  But only on Monday 27th November.

Happy shopping!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #387 | Colour Combination

With just over a month til the big day, Nikki is officially kicking off Christmas crafts with this Christmassy colour combination for our Just Add Ink challenge.

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There’s nothing like red, green & white to get you in the Christmas mood!

Of course, there’s nothing limiting you to Christmas!  I’d love to see some amazing creations for other seasons.

I was unable to break out of the Christmas mold, and used one of my favourite new bundles – Musical Season.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

All colour challenges have the option to add any neutral or metallic, so you’ll see some variation in the design team projects with the additional of these colours.

I’ve added in an embossed Crumb Cake base (using the Ruffled Embossing Folder), a little drummer boy in Archival Black and some (sadly retired) gold twine.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

The Garden Green layer across the middle of the card is made by tearing some copy paper and using this to cover the top & bottom of the Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured in Garden Green ink using my brayer and stamped the Sheet Music stamp over the top in Black Archival ink.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

This technique is fun for a variety of cards, but I love that I can extend the music theme for this card.

I just can’t give it to someone too musical – no one that can actually read the music notes!!  I believe the Sheet Music stamp is the music for Fur Elise, which is not that Christmassy!!!


Please join us over at the Just Add Ink blog to see all the design team creations and add your red, white & green masterpiece.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Colour INKspiration | 22 & 23

Wow… the Colour INKspiration challengs are into the 20’s now!!!

Just for something different, we are running two challenges at the same time over a 3 week period.

Choose one or both – depending on your time & crafting style.

It could be a Beachy Christmas for #22…

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Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz & Soft Suede.

Or #23 – a Nordic Christmas…

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Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White & Silver

I couldn’t decide, so I made both!

I used the same layout for both cards, just changing the elements to suit each theme.

Here’s my beachy creation…

Colour INKspiration #22 Beachy | kelly kent

Of course, it’s easy to make a summery, South Pacific beachy theme this year with Beach Little Christmas from the Holiday Catalogue.

Colour INKspiration #22 Beachy | kelly kent

The tree die is from the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits which you’ll find in the Holidays section of the Annual Catalogue.

This set also has my absolute favourite reindeer die – which is what I used for my Nordic card…

Colour INKspiration #23 Nordic | kelly kent

Nothing says Christmas fun like a sparkly red reindeer…. or something like that!

All that sparkle is a little hard to photograph though!

Colour INKspiration #23 Nordic | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  Beachy or Nordic???

Colour INKspiration #22 & #23 | kelly kent

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the crew have done with these colours.

Follow on to visit the gorgeous Nikki Spencer

And if these colours have you inspired, please join our challenge over on Facebook.  You’ve got three weeks to get inky & share with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Christmas Quickie – Christmas Around the World DSP

We’ve been having a discussion within our Paper Adventures team about the kind of cards that are best suited to Christmas.

I’m not sure if I send out more Christmas or birthday cards, but being as the Christmas ones are all concentrated at the end of the year, there seems to be a need for at least some of the designs we send to be simpler.

The type of card that’s easier to mass produce and kind on the budget but still full of the same handmade love that we make all year round.

I have just the card for you!  You can change the colours & DSP, but essentially, this layout is perfect for mass production.

Christmas Around the World DSP | kelly kent

What’s better though, if you do use the Christmas Around the World DSP, it already has a full page of greetings in a number of different languages. I’ve used these as my sentiment – which saved a team of time!

Christmas Around the World DSP | kelly kent

I like the exotic touch of a foreign language greeting!!!

But of course there’s also some cute English versions…

Christmas Around the World DSP | kelly kent

I confess to using retired twine for these cards.  Miss Papercraft was helping and she chose this gorgeous gold thread from last Christmas.  It’s one of my favourites and I couldn’t resist!

Which reminds me of a graphic I shared with my team last week…

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It’s all about the choices!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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