Social Stamping | Get Better Soon

Hello! Thank you for sharing in another Social Stamping Blog Host. The theme today is ‘get better soon’. You can read more about it, see the history of Social Stamping Blog Hosts and view the full participant list on the main blog host post by clicking here.

My projects for today started off as a solo card using another fancy fold I’ve had on my wishlist to try. I shared a Step Panel Card earlier in the week – it was so easy and so fun.

Today it’s a Peekaboo Flap Card using the animals from the Back On Your Feet stamp set. I think we’ll see this used at least a few times on this blog hop – because it’s a fabulous ‘get well’ type set.

This was the first card I made using the giraffe stamp in Bumblebee with patterned paper from the Playing with Patterns DSP.

A Peekaboo Flap card has the die cut in the same place through all layers so that you can see through to the image on the inside on the card.

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

The flap is held in place by sentiment on the left side, which then opens up to show the middle layer.

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

And then opens again to show the inside of the card and the whole giraffe…

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

And then it all folds back up again!

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

Once I’d made this version, I couldn’t resist using the same fold to make a sloth version using Pear Pizzazz and Forever Greenery DSP….

And a turtle version in Rich Razzleberry and Artistry Blooms DSP.

This stamp set was so much fun to play with, even if it’s not so nice to need to send a get better card.

The 15% off DSP sale finishes today, so if you haven’t stocked up yet, there’s still time. Click here to browse in my online store.

You’ll also want to see the rest of the projects on the blog, click on the next for great inspiration from Julia Quinn.

Thanks for hopping with us.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Ornamental Envelopes | Christmas Wishes

I must confess, I’m not much for extra detail decoration when I’m making cards. I don’t often stamp the inside of cards and I almost never decorate the envelope. But, I do love it when I see both of those things and give myself a crafting high five when I do it myself!

So when I saw the Ornamental Envelopes bundle in the catalogue, with beautifully detailed stamps and fabulous dies for making envelopes pretty, it was a good way to up my game on those extra touches!

There’s envelope liners to match a range of different envelope sizes, which makes it perfect for all the cards you want to make this festive season. It’s tried and tested for Australian (and European) A4 sizing. I’ve used the standard C6 size envelope.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

As well as lining the envelope with pretty DSP – I’ve used Snowflake Splendor DSP – you can also use the dies to create cute features such as the peekaboo feature on the flap of this envelope.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

The card for this project coordinates with the envelope – using the same DSP (Snowflake Splendor). I’ve stamped directly on the DSP in Gorgeous Grape, using the Stamparatus so I could get a great bold inking with 2 or 3 layers of ink.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

Ornamental Envelopes doesn’t contain any greetings – it’s designed to match with the stamp sets you already have. I’ve used ‘Christmas Wishes’ from the Banner Year stamp set – and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Ornamental Envelopes | kelly kent

The final touch for this card was Basic Pearl Jewels on the baubles. I love the subtle shimmer of these pearls and the elegance they bring to a project!

You’ll find all the products needed to make this card in my online store. Click here to visit. Snowflake Splendor DSP is on sale for 15% off during October 2020 (so, only a few more days!).

Where do you fit on the ‘extra mile’ scale? Just the card with no extra stamping on the inside or envelope? The whole hog with envelope liners, envelope stamping and inside stamping? Or somewhere in between?

Or are you like me and it really depends on the card, the day and the amount of time you have??? Take me to the world with endless time and plentiful crafty supplies to play with!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

DSP | Add to Cart in October

All through October 2020, Stampin’ Up! are offering a 15% discount on selected DSP patterns. You can see them all in my online store. Here’s a snapshot from the store, click to browse online.

I have many favourites, but one that has particularly caught my fancy this year is the Whale of a Time DSP from the Annual Catalogue. It’s part of a suite and has a range of coordinating products including a stamp and punch bundle called Whale Done.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The DSP is filled with beautiful marine life including seahorses, turtles, crabs, jellyfish and more.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The punch coordinates with the paper and punches out the whales. I love it when I can add a perfectly coloured image from the DSP to my card!

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The other DSP I’ve been really getting a lot of use from is the In Good Taste pack. It’s a large pack, with 2 sheets of 12 different designs – which are all double sided, so you get 24 different photographic textile patterns. I’ve kept half the sheets as 12×12″ size and I’m using them as backgrounds when I take photos of my cards. Here’s a snapshot of some of them in action from my Pinterest.

Whale Done is just $17 until the end of October and In Good Taste is only $31.45. Shop online and have it delivered to your door. And then create pretty cards with pretty paper until your heart is content. I can’t think of a better way to craft than with DSP!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #528 | Choose Two

Hello! Thanks for joining me for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week it’s a Choose Two theme; create any project using two of the options – sequins, ribbons or metallic foil.

I could have easily used all three of these fabulous crafting accessories and after some internal debate over which idea to go with, I ended up choosing metallic foil and sequins to make a Christmas shaker card.

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

The design for this card started with the ‘heartfelt Christmas’ sentiment from the A Merry Hello stamp set which led me to a heart themed layout!

Some of my stampers hadn’t noticed this super cute set at the back of the Aug-Dec Mini catalogue – have you? It’s available for free using Stampin’ Rewards, which you earn on orders over $250 (in Australia, other areas have different reward structures). Click here to shop in my online store, add your favourite products and earn “A Merry Hello” for free!

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

I love the hearts from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. Scallops and stitching – yes please!!! The different sizes allow for beautiful layering. I’ve used vellum in the middle for a different medium to create the shaker, and the Sequins for Everything mix in the middle. There’s 4 colour variations in the pack. I’ve used the green tones and the metallic tones to match the DSP.

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

I had originally planned to use a solid foil, but when choosing a DSP, I couldn’t resist the gold foiling in the Ornate Garden DSP. Of course we have a catalogue full of pretty Christmas DSPs, but after crafting with them for the last month, I felt the need to go with a different pattern. You’ll find the Ornate Garden DSP in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!

See the shaker in action…

I know you’ve all got sequins, ribbon and metallic foil in your crafting stash, so if you’re in need of some inspiration for a project over the next week, please use our theme and share your creation on our blog.

Have a great weekend,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pointillism

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Paper Adventures Team Hop. I’m mildly spinning that it’s mid October already. This year has been such a mixed bag that it’s equally the longest year ever combined with the most rapid year ever! That level of contradiction suits 2020 perfectly!

We welcome Kayla McCreadie today as our guest designer and I can’t wait for you to see what she has created. She has a beautiful straight line design style with lots of layers and texture. You can visit Kayla’s blog by clicking on the next button at the end of this post.

The theme for today’s team hop – pointillism – was chosen by Narelle and is just wonderful for extending our creativity. Pointilism is creating an image or pattern using small dots. Because of this, it can sometimes be called ‘dot colouring’ or ‘dot painting’.

You may not have heard of pointillism before if you’re a Stampin’ Up! lover, you will have definitely seen it! There are several Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that use this style to create the artwork including the Whale Done stamp set from the current Annual Catalogue. The images are made using lots of tiny little dots!

Using the fabulous samples from the Annual Catalogue to inspired the design, I’ve recreated each card on page 96 using Stampin’ Blends and the no line stamping technique. This gave the style more detail and colour than if stamped in one ink.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

Have you tried no line stamping before? Ink up in a light neutral ink (I’ve used Smoky Slate but Sahara Sand also works well) and stamp on scrap paper to remove most of the ink before stamping on Whisper White. You should be able to faintly see the image – enough so to add colour.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

I followed the basic shading of the stamp in the light and dark version of the Blend colours. I must admit, wasn’t too careful or fussy about where the dots went or how far they are apart. If there was too much white space, I added in more dots.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

The bullet tip end of the Stampin’ Blend provides the perfect size and intensity of dot for this project.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

This is one of my all-time favourite DSP packs. If you don’t have some, you should buy some! And if you have some, you should stock up on some more while it’s 15% off. Just $17 until the end of October. Click here to view all the DSP patterns that are part of the DSP sale in my online store.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

As well as colouring the image, I also used blue tones for shading around the outside of the sea creatures. There’s differents ways of expressing the pointillism theme. You could also use a solid image and add the dots around the outside.

To see how the rest of our team and our guest designer, Kayla McCreadie have been inspired by the pointillism theme, keep hopping along. For a full list of participants see the bottom of this post.

Next up is Kayla’s blog.

Thanks for joining us. We hope this theme has inspired some creativity for you this weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PARTICIPANT LIST
Kelly Kent
Kayla McCreadie (Guest Designer)
Lisa Whitehead
Robyn Houston
Shannon Kissane
Mandy Depiazzi
Narelle Simm

A Cut Above | Chainsaw Punch Art

We live and work around a roster based system which means we sometimes need to shift special occasions. Father’s Day was slightly delayed for 2020, so I’m only just sharing the card I made for Mr Papercraft!

The last few months have been all about the chainsaw as we collect wood to get us through the winter cold. A punch art chainsaw in Husqvarna orange (aka Pumpkin Pie) was the perfect theme for this guy!

The wood themed DSP is from the retired Wood Textures patterns. I love keeping all my old DSP – it’s been handy for more than a few cards lately!

The punny sentiment (which Mr Papercraft was sure referred to his current “mop” of hair that he’s so proud of) is made using the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet and snipped letters from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set.

Happy Father’s Day to all the shift work Dads! I hope you enjoyed being celebrated – whenever that may have happened!!!

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles

There’s lots to love about the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and although I have been sharing lots with the Playful Alphabet Dies, I’m giving them a rest today and sharing a project I made with another favourite – Stitched Triangles Dies.

You get 19 dies in this set including 3 styles of layering triangles, a stitched bunting banner, triangle border die and triangle cluster – endless options for mixing & matching.

Stitched Triangles Dies with sizing | kelly kent

I’ve used the isosceles triangle dies to cover the whole card front for this card.

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles | kelly kent

I chose three DSP patterns that I loved – a Bumblebee pattern from Flowers for Every Season, a Pretty Peacock pattern from Whale of a Time DSP and  Terracotta Tile pattern from the Ornate Garden DSP.  I also cut out some cardstock in colours that complemented the DSP – Bumblebee, Just Jade and Rococo Rose.

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles | kelly kent

The triangles were laid out on a thick Whisper White card base and the excess trimmed around the edges.  I didn’t think too much about the colours & patterns other than to alternate DSP & cardstock.  On saying that, the “random” look sometimes feels like it takes more effort than a predictable pattern.

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles | kelly kent

The sentiment is from a fabulous stamp set in the Annual Catalogue called Ridiculously Awesome.  It was designed by Million Dollar Sales Achiever Ronda Wade with hand drawn artwork by Sean Douglass (the husband of Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass).  I’m a big fan of white heat embossing on black cardstock against bright colours – such a fun way to finish a card!  This sentiment is from two of the stamps in the set to create the message I needed for a ridiculously awesome friend.

Got some craft time this week?  #makeacardsendacard  You’re sure to brighten someone’s day.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Just Add Ink #518 | Add “T”

Hello!  I can’t wait to see the entries we get for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge!  We’re adding “T” – anything that starts with the letter t or is about the letter T.  It feels like an episode of Sesame Street!

 

Just recently, I saw a project shared by Amanda Mertz where she used the Stitched Triangles Dies to create Santa – so incredibly cool and so creative!  You can see Amanda’s original card by clicking here.

This challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to CASE Amanda’s Santa design – Just Add Triangles!!!

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

I’ve used a Thick Whisper White cardstock base and cut 1-1/2″ from the bottom front and then cut another 2-13/16″ (this becomes the middle layer).  You’ll now have a piece of Whisper White left (4-1/8″ x 7-3/8″) – score this 5-7/8″ to create the card back and top flap.  The top flap & bottom segments measure 4-1/8″ x 1-1/2″) .  This style of card is called a Peekaboo Card.

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

I made my version of the Santa using:

Hat: 1 x Real Read Isosceles Triangle #3
Hat Trim: 1 x Whisper White Isosceles Triangle #4
Face: 1 x Petal Pink Equilateral Triangle #3
Eyes: 2 x Basic Black smallest circle on (retired) Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
Nose: 1 x Petal Pink larger circle on (retired) Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
Moustache: 2 x Whisper White Isosceles Triangle #1
Beard: 1 x Whisper White Equilateral Triangle #3
Jacket: 2 x Real Red Equilateral Triangle #3
Pom Pom: white (retired) Assorted Pompoms

Here’s a reference for the sizing of the Stitched Triangle Dies:

Stitched Triangles Dies with sizing | kelly kent

The rest of the card has Garden Green cardstock for the background mats.  The centrepiece is 3-1/16″ x 4-3/8″ and the top and bottom panels are 4″ x 1-3/8″.  The DSP is from Heartwarming Hugs cut at 3-7/8″ x 1-1/4″.  The embossing folder used on the Whisper White panel is from the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders (pack of 2 thin folders).

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

How cute is that sentiment?  It’s from the Warm Hugs stamp set – new in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.  I’ve cut it using the Tailored Tag Punch – which is typically wider, but by marking even points on both sides of the reverse of the punch, you can create a fun conventional hexagon shape.  I’ve marked at 1.5″ wide and used the method shared by Stampin’ Up! in this video.  The ribbon is from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack.

Tailored Tag Tip | kelly kent

I mentioned before this this card is a Peekboo style.  Here’s what it looks like when it stands up.

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge.  If you are inspired to “Just Add T”, please stop by our blog to share your project in our gallery.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Freshly Brewed Projects | for the guys

Hello!  I’m joining in today with the Freshly Brewed Projects blog hop where the theme is ‘for the guys’!  I’m always looking for inspiration for cards that guys will appreciate because they take a little more thinking!  With a catalogue filled with flowers and girly things, it can be a little harder to create something that’s appealing to the male mind.

I’m sharing a Spinner Card made using some of the products from the World of Good Suite.  This suite is a collection of rich colours in a travel theme that works well for everyone, including guys.

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

I only bought the dies from this suite (not the stamp set, but I’ll probably get that soon to complete the set!), but the World Map Dies and World of Good Speciality DSP are all you need to create this spinner card.

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

I think all of the pictures I took have the same globe side showing but there’s actually two different globe dies in this set, which I have layered front and back.  When you twist/flick the globe it spins around in the free space of the card front.

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

The globes have a piece of twine running through the middle which is attached between the DSP and card base layer.  The circle space was cut using one of the circles from the Layering Circles Dies.

The inside panel is embossed using the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. The crinkle effect is awesome!  I didn’t take a picture of the writing panel, but I added Whisper White cardstock to the back for the birthday message.

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

The birthday sentiment from this card is from Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set – which is getting a workout on my blog this week!  Haven’t ordered yours yet?  Trust me, it’s a set you’ll use over and over again for all your birthday card needs!

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  For more ‘guy stuff’, please click on the next button to visit Ann Craig.  A full list of participants is below.

I hope you get some time in the craft room to make your own version of a guy card soon!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List

Stamp Review Crew | Jar of Flowers

Hello there crafters!  Thanks for joining me today.  I’m hopping with my friends around the world as part of the Stamp Review Crew where we showcase a Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  Today it’s the Jar of Flowers stamp set – and the coordinating suite of products, which includes a punch, shaker domes, ribbon, DSP and more!

I love the array of flowers that this stamp set comes with.  And of course, I L-O-V-E the Jar Punch.  Coordinating bundles are a win in my book!

The first card I’m sharing today features the sunflowers.  Sunflowers are just so bright & cheery.  Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

This suite has been created with a focus on the 5 new In Colors.  They are featured heavily in the Flowers for Every Season DSP and provide an excellent colour palette to base your project colour combinations on.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

I love the combination of white, yellow & blue together.  The sunflowers have been painted using Bumblebee & Cinnamon Cider ink using a Wink of Stella Pen – so they are extra shimmery when you see them up close!

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

I added more sunflowers to the inside – because I love a good carry through of a theme!!!  This suite is perfect for layering – the colours coordinate, the DSP matches and the accessories bring it all together.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The Jar of Flowers stamp set is one of the few image only sets in the catalogue.  This is a purposeful design feature so that you can match it with all your favourite sentiment sets.  I’ve used the Happy & Birthday words cut separately from the stamp in the Happiest of Birthday stamp set.  This is a great staple for every crafter.  Birthday cards are the most common type of card sent (accounting for half of ‘everyday’ cards sent), so it helps to have a fabulous set such as this in your collection.

For the second card I’m sharing, it’s really about the whole suite – featuring the DSP, punch, dome shakers, ribbon and the long stripey stamp from the set as a straw to create an M&M milkshake slider card!

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The flap the shaker dome sits on lifts up from the card front revealing the way to the M&Ms.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

When you pull out the sliding piece, the mini M&Ms fall out of the back of the jar.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

And once the recipient has enjoyed all the yummy chocolates, they can still enjoy their card.  Or they can fill it up again and send the card to a new chocolate lover.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The shaker domes that coordinate with the punch and stamp set add so many more options on how to use this set.  The domes can be filled with an array of small pieces.  I’ve seen a great tool themed card where the jar was filled with nails, bolts & screws – what a fantastic idea!!

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

For more fabulous ideas, please keep hopping and visit the blogs of the other Stamp Review Crew design team members.  They always come up with inspirational projects.

Next stop is my gorgeous and always creative friend Lou Kitzelman.

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com