Happy Easter 2019!

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Happy Easter to you & your family!  I hope you have a lovely weekend – with a good mix of family, friends, craft & chocolate (and all the things that make Easter special to you).

Easter chocolate is my favourite – so there’ll be a few yummy eggs for me this weekend.

I’ve packaged up a few eggs in a cute little basket.  This project was inspired by Nikki’s Just Add Ink Choose Two creation from last week.  I’ve used the same theme I used for my JAI card – I fell in love with the flower bunny!!!

Easter treats | kelly kent

Click here for the tutorial by chic n scratch.

These cute little boxes could be used for any occasion and are super simple to make.  The dimensions are for US cardstock – which means you need 2 sheets of A4 card to be able to cut the pieces.  It’d be easy to adjust the measurements and I think this is what I’ll do next time I make them.

I’ve filled the box with Ready Shreddie (currently available on the Australian Clearance Rack – click here to view in my online store) and some yummy Cadbury solid eggs.

Easter treats | kelly kent

Of course a gift isn’t complete without a card, so here’s the coordinating card…

Easter treats | kelly kent

The All My Love DSP is one of my favourites and I’ve made sure to stock up on it before it retires.  All the DSP from the 2019 catalogues is retiring – making way for new & amazing patterns from 4th June.  See all the retiring DSP patterns & coordinating cardstock packs here.

Easter treats | kelly kent

Back to the craft table for this lucky duck.  I’ve got a hot cuppa and secret chocolate stash that the kids don’t know about!


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Just Add Ink #453 | Add Two

Hello Easter, family time and a long weekend!  What are your plans for this mini break?  Hopefully all of the things that make you happy!

If you have Easter projects still on your to-do list, the Just Add Ink design team have some great creations to inspire you.  The theme for this week is Choose Two – Bunnies, Flowers, Crosses – not strictly Easter, but it does lend itself to that rather nicely!

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After seeing a totally amazing card on Instagram (see it here), I wanted to create a whimsical card where the Fable Friends bunny had a flower garland.  So this challenge was perfect timing for me to Choose Bunnies & Flowers!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

With a pair of scissors in hand, I spend some time fussy cutting the All My Love DSP.  Quite a bit of time – don’t CASE this card if you don’t like fine cutting with scissors!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

I love the pattern & colours of the All My Love DSP.  I used it for the card background, the flower spray behind the bunny and the flower garland.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Fable Friends stamp set.  I did a little happy dance that this stamp set didn’t appear on the retirement list (read: it’s in the upcoming Annual Catalogue!).  The bunny is adorable!!!  And so are the other characters!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

See all the design team cards and share your Choose Two project and add your card by visiting the Just Add Ink blog.

Thanks for being a part of Just Add Ink!


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ESAD Blog Hop | Sale-A-Bration Bundles

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for an ESAD blog hop.  These special hops pop up several times a year to celebrate new products and great promotions.

We’re currently in the final month of Sale-A-Bration – where you can shop and receive free products, join and receive amazing value for your Starter Kit or host and get extra rewards.  It’s the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year!!

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The theme for this hop is Sale-A-Bration bundle where the participants will show you product bundles you can purchase and earn a Sale-A-Bration item.

Contrary to my usual last minute style, I’m working ahead at the moment, using the His Grace stamp set from the Occasions catalogue to create Easter themed card & gift for Miss Papercraft’s teachers.

This is the bundle – stamp set, Cross of Hope framelits from the Annual Catalogue (such a great staple for religious and occasions requiring a cross for symbolism) and ribbon for embellishment, with the Delightfully Detailed DSP as your Sale-A-Bration selection.  This DSP (from the Annual Catalogue) is part of the 3rd release of bonus items.  See the bottom of this post for all 3rd release Sale-A-Bration choices.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

You will (of course) also require cardstock, ink and adhesive.  I have also added in Stitched Shapes & Rectangle Stitched Framelits – but you could leave these out or swap for other shapes you own.

Using these products I made a gift set of candle and card.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The candle is easy to make by stamping on tissue paper, applying to the candle and gently heating using wax paper as a barrier between your heat gun and the candle.

Each pack of Delightfully Detailed DSP includes 12″x12″ sheets of laser cut paper in two designs – one full page and one with smaller panels & strips you can cut and adhere to products. I’ve embellished the bottom of the candle with a strip of the paper – it’s such a deluxe product!

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The card uses one of the panel pieces adhered to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

I love how the laser cut DSP coordinates with the layered cross!

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The sentiments in this stamp set tell a great story which I have told across the candle, card front and card inside.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The colours of the card and gift set were inspired by the school colours.  If you were making this for a church, school or friend, you could choose colours that are meaningful to your community.


Thanks for hopping with me today – I love being able to share what I’m creating in my craft room!

To keep hopping and see more amazing Sale-A-Bration inspired bundles, please click on the next to visit my lovely friend Nicole Wilson.  Image may contain: text

Sometimes on large hops, the links are broken – here’s a full list in case you need it!

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Denise Buetler
  5. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  6. Peta Stephen
  7. Monique Fielder
  8. Lisa Whitehead
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Lauren Meiklejohn
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Sharon Dalton
  13. Maree McIntosh
  14. Cheryl Algie
  15. Rochelle Blok
  16. Rebecca Scurr
  17. Delys Cram
  18. Jessie Holton

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Just Add Ink #400 | Photo Inspiration

Wow!!!  Just Add Ink celebrates 400 challenges this week!

Thank you for all your support of each & every challenge – from visiting the main blog to support the design team to joining in with challenges.  THANK YOU!!!

Challenge #400 is a fabulous specked egg photo inspiration…

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It might help to get you in the mood for some Easter creating, or might be great colours for a baby card!  Whichever way the photo inspires you, I can’t wait to see what you upload to the blog to get you in the mood for some Easter creating. for you 400th challenge!

I went Easter – being a good opportunity to be organised for some Easter gifts this year!  It feels good to have something done prior to the night before!

I like to maintain I work best under pressure – but the sense of achievement is a nice (if unique) feeling!

The photo inspired me to head to the chocolate isle and pick up some speckled chocolate eggs (called Mini Eggs… since when???).

And create some specked DSP using the Eclectic Expressions stamp set (exclusively available during Sale-A-Bration)….

Speckled Egg DSP | kelly kent

Which I then used to turn into speckled egg bon-bons…

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

I used the instructions on my Stamping Sunday Naturally Eclectic post, but adjusted the size to be able to get 2 pieces from an A4 pieces of Whisper White thick cardstock.

Here’s the revised instructions for A4 cardstock (click the link above for some helpful photos):

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock in half (at 5-7/8″ along the long edge) = 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″
  • Score (going down the long edge, across the short edge) at 1-3/8″, 2-3/4″, 4-1/8″ & 5-1/2″
  • Fold along the first score line and insert into the Envelope Punch Board at 1-3/4″ and punch
  • Repeat for all score lines (fold, punch) and finally without any folding on the edge
  • Do the same for each score line, 1-3/4″ from the other edge
  • Adhere along the small strip to create a box shape
  • Finish with ribbon on each end & embellishments on top

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

The sentiment is from my trusty ‘all occasions’ stamp set – Teeny Tiny Sentiments in a Stitched Oval Shape with Mini Silver Sequin Trim & Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon.

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

Having chocolate as a prop in the photo was a fabulous idea – someone had to eat it afterwards!  We’ll call that quality control!!!

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you get the chance to join our 400th challenge – or make some Easter bon-bons!  Or eat some chocolate (lets keep the goals achievable!).

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Happy Easter 2017!

I was going to post my 2017 Easter Treats tomorrow… but then I realised if you are a last minute crafter like me, they might be useful today!

But let me start off your day with one of my favourite memes that pops up every Easter…


This year, my Easter cards and gifts were nice & simple – which is often perfect!

But, I did make several of these Z-Fold planter box cards to share with special people.

I really loved the Basket Bunch and Basket Builder Framelit Dies for Easter this year.  They were cute & fun!!!

They are both currently on the retirement list – and at a discount.  It’s a great way to get stamps for next Easter at a great price!

This card is just like a normal Z-fold card but with cardstock stuck between the z-fold and the card base to create a planter box.

I did miss an easy ‘Happy Easter’ sentiment in this bundle, but I made my own using the ‘happy’ stamp from the Tin of Cards and Suite Sentiments stamp sets (both on the retirement list).

How cute is that bunny popping out the side when the card is closed???


The other Easter project I’m sharing with you is quick & simple.

I always have a stash of our 2″ x 8″ cello bags on hand because they make great gifts and you can fill them with lots of things including Easter eggs.

Add a cute bunny and they are ready to give out!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter filled with treats, fun and great company!

 

CASEing the Catty #123 Easter

Have I told you that my favourite chocolate in the whole world is Easter chocolate?

This Easter chocolate to be exact (in case you’ve a person short on your Easter list this year!!! hehe!)….

Although this might seem like a random way to start a post, it’s not all that strange… because this week at CASEing the Catty it’s all about Easter.

There’ll be lots of eggs…. but of the paper variety!

Click through the blog hop for Easter cards and projects that were inspired by the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.


I have been itching to CASE the comic strip superhero layout on page 49 of the Occasions catalogue.

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A few of the crew used it for the Urban Underground hop – including the wonderful Simone Bartrum.

Simone was also kind enough to map out all the measurements which came in very handy!  You can find them on her CTC#120 post here.

I altered them slightly to fit in all the dies – I’ll note the changes below.


For my version of this card layout, I used the Basket Builder Framelit Dies to create negative images which I then matted on fun & bright colours.

The sentiment is from the faithful Teeny Tiny Sentiments – which is always my go-to when I need a specific greeting.  It has all the common occasions throughout the year.

It was one of the first sets I bought – it’s wood and in the old style clam cases!  How things have changed!!!  I have a feeling it will be retired this year.

My slightly tweaked measurements (in cms because that’s how Simone rolls!):

Card Base: 29xm x 10.5cm, scored at 14.5cm and folded

Top Row:
Flirty Flamingo – 6 x 4cm, white – 5.5 x 3.5cm
Daffodil Delight – 3 x 4cm, white – 2.5 x 3.5cm

Middle Row:
Pool Party – 3.5 x 4cm, white – 3 x 3.5cm
Wisteria Wonder – 5.5 x 4xm, white – 5 x 3.5xm

Bottom Row:
Wild Wasabi – 9.5 x 4.5cm, white – 9 x 4cm


Please join us with your Easter creation on the CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

Each week we choose a winner and the group likers choose a winner (based on the number of photo ‘likes’).

You can be inspired by {ANY} catalogue photo / sample – which gives you lots of room to be creative!

And be sure to visit the creative Kathryn Mangelsdorf to see her awesome Easter project (that I was lucky enough to receive!!!).  It was a delight seeing Kathryn again at OnStage yesterday, but as always, the time went too quick!

Now, I’m off to see if there’s any chocolate left in my secret crafting stash…. I have a feeling the other residents of the house have discovered it!


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Easter Hats for an Easter Parade!

Today is the annual school Easter Parade and there’s nothing like a healthy Stampin’ Up! stash to make school events a little more fun!

The Little Miss Papercrafts and and I got busy repurposing some party hats into some cute easter hats with the help of the Basket Bunch stamp set and Basket Builder Framelits.

Do you ever craft with kids?  It’s so hard to let go of our creative perfectionist tendencies and just let them colour, arrange and embellish!

This is Alexa’s – she’s 6 and likes colouring the lines and arranging with flair….

The tassel addition at the top was completely Alexa’s idea!  I don’t use the fringe scissors nearly often enough!

This is Maddie’s – she’s 3 and follows no one’s rules!

Blue bunny?  Yes she did!

So cute in their hats!

After they posed so willingly (read: I had to bribe the little one with chocolate), they insisted on some live action hat shots too.


As far as Easter hat creations go, this bundle actually made this project a breeze!

The girls did all their own stamping & colouring, I was just on hand to die cut the pieces and regulate the use of Tombow!

What Will You Stamp is featuring this bundle this week – the design team has come up with so many cute creations!

I’m throwing my Easter hats into the ring (or parade!) as hopefully they might save a parent or 2 this week!!!

As we lead up to Easter, I’ll be sharing more Basket Bunch ideas throughout the week.

I’m loving this bundle for it’s fun images and cute sentiments!


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Pyramid Pals Easter Bunnies

Today is Good Friday, which for us means no school, no work & no appointments!  We are spending the day in our pjs doing things that make us happy – like playing games, eating yummy food & doing some craft.

Just in case you’re also having a ‘good’ Friday and have some time at the craft table for some last minute Easter crafting, I wanted to share these cute little bunnies with you I made for Easter teacher gifts this year.


They are made using the Pyramid Pals Thinlits dies and Playful Pals stamp set.

Pyramid Pals Easter Bunnies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

So cute!!!  But super tiny – this surprised me a little.  Although I’ve been using this bundle lots, I hadn’t made a pyramid creation yet.

They meausre at approx 7cm tall and 6cm (square) across the bottom.  I was able to squeeze a mini Lindt bunny and 3 little Lindt eggs in, but that was all!  Which was actually the perfect amount for this project.


The good news about them being so small, is I was able to get all the pieces from half an A4 piece of cardstock (including the ears & bow).  This makes them very economical to make.  And with the pyramid thinlit die doing all the hard work for you, putting them together is a breeze as well – just line up the tabs with adhesive as needed.

{Don’t forget to add some ribbon before the final stick if you want a little handle}

Pyramid Pals Easter Bunnies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

 


How cute is the honeycomb embellishment as a little tail?  They come in white, blue & pink – which makes them perfect for every bunny!

Pyramid Pals Easter Bunnies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The tags were made using the “Happy Easter” from the Easter Lamb stamp – I’m a sucker for a good font – cut out with one of my favourite punches, the Washi Label.


These Pyramid Pals Easter Bunnies went down a treat with the teachers!  I wonder if they’ve eaten all their chococlates yet???

Happy Easter to everyone – hope your weekend is lovely! Kelly x

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Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2016 – ESAD Blog Hop

Welcome to another ESAD blog hop.  This time we’re sharing our favourite products from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration range.

It’s your last chance to see & earn them – you’ve only got one more week before these items are gone forever!!!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.


There’s 13 talented ladies on the hop today – all with some seriously dangerous inspiration!!!

Did you come via’s Amity’s great projects?  I always love seeing what she’s made!

Today I’m sharing projects I made using the Metallics Glitter Tape.  Although I loved lots of the Sale-A-Bration projects (and shared lots of my creations with you over the past 3 months!), I haven’t really shown off the glitter tape yet.  Which is a shame – because it’s truly stunning.

ESAD Blog Hop - 3 great Metallics Glitter Tape projects. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

But don’t worry, I’m going to change that now and show you three different projects I made featuring the tape.

I’ve also thrown a couple of other SAB products in the mix too!!!


The first share uses the silver glitter tape as a card embellishment together with silver ribbon.  Simple but lovely – I love purple & silver together!

And how amazing the dandelion DSP???  This is also a Sale-A-Bration product – from the Wildflower Fields DSP.  So cute!

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With Easter just around the corner, I couldn’t resist using the white tape to add some sparkle to this cute little gift card holder.

Did you know that the tape can be coloured to create a different look altogether!!!  I brayered the tape with Blushing Bride ink to add a touch of colour to the egg.

ESAD Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2016 Blog Hop - Metallics Glitter Tape Easter Egg Gift Card Holder. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And my final share is using the gold glitter tape – as tape!  I’ve used it to attach a Memories in the Making Project Life card (also a Sale-A-Bration choice!) to my card front.  The stick on this glitter tape has to be seen to be believed – the quality is amazing!

The sentiment in from the Limited Edition Sale-A-Bration stamp set – Party Pants.  I tried out embossing in gold on the acetate PL card – that was tricky business!  The static on those sheets is crazy and I had all sort of flyaways going on!!!!

ESAD Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2016 Blog Hop - Metallics Glitter Tape, Memories in the Making Project Life Cards & Party Pants stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


So, as you can see – so many Sale-A-Bration choices… so many projects to try!

If you see a Sale-A-Bration product you like here, or in any of the Blog Hop projects, you’ll want to place an order before next Thursday (31st March 2016).  Once it hits Thursday at 9pm (WA time), Sale-A-Bration finishes and all of these products retire.

The catch?  You can’t actually buy any of the Sale-A-Bration products.  But, you can redeem your choice (with no maximum limits) for every $90 you spend {before shipping}.

Shop online or email me your list!  I plan to put in one last Sale-A-Bration order next week- if you’re local to Bunbury and would like to share on postage, let me know!


It’s my pleasure to send you on your way now to the incredibly talented Lou Kitzelman and her Sale-A-Bration temptations!

Leave us a comment if you have time – we love to hear what you think!  Kelly x

If you get lost along the way, this is the full list of participants…

1. Emily Campbell

2. Rachael Lewsley

3. Monique Fielder

4. Kathryn Ruddick 

5. Nicole Wilson

6. Amity Knight

7. Kelly Kent – you are here!

8. Lou Kitzelman

9. Pauline Bennetts

10. Narelle Fasulo

11. Jackie Noble

12. Carly Middleton

13. Barbara Williams

Happy Easter from Kelly & the little bunnies!

Happy Easter Sunday!  We’ve been spending the weekend with family & friends – eating way too much chocolate and delighting in seeing Easter through the eyes of kids.  This morning we followed the Easter bunny’s trail around the garden – collecting, eggs, stickers, crackers & toys.  So much fun!  Easter was definitely ‘this way ->’!

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These are my two little “Easter bunnies”… Do you love their ‘mummy made’ shirts (guess who got a fabric blade for their Cameo!!!)?

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Happy Easter.  Chocolately love from Kelly & the little bunnies x

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