Music From My Heart

We like to keep things simple around here. Mr Papercraft has no excuse to forget our wedding anniversary – it falls on the same day as Miss Papercraft’s birthday and the day before Valentine’s Day.

For our anniversary, in keeping with that simple theme, I made an almost one layer card using the Music From The Heart stamp set and hearts from the Detailed Hearts Die.

Music From The Heart | kelly kent

This gorgeous musically themed stamp set was designed by Dawn Olchefske (one of my fave SU designers and the first place I check if I need a tutorial!) as part of her million dollar sales achievement.

Music From The Heart | kelly kent

The colour theme is simple too – red, white & black, which matches the theme we had for our wedding.  I’ve shared some photos before of our beautiful day (see here and here), but here’s another one from the archives.

Sadly this restaurant is no longer is operation, but how amazing is that red wall???  And so convenient to match our colours!

There’s a solid place in the crafting world for a traditional lovey-dovey card with hearts all over it!  The hearts I’ve used on this card are from the Detailed Hearts Die.  As well as a great die cut for cards & scrapbooking, the hearts it leaves when it cuts out the die are amazing for adding to projects.  I took a little liberty with the music notes and transformed them into hearts too!

Music From The Heart | kelly kent

Happy anniversary to Mr Papercraft!  The goal in life is not to find the perfect person, but to find the person perfect for you – and we’ve succeeded!

 

From My Heart

Just one week til Valentine’s Day!  With three kids in the mix, our recent celebrations have extended only to a card – which is a task I can live up to!

This Valentine’s Day card was the make & take project for our recent team meeting.  I wanted to share the From My Heart suite with the team and also my current obsession with ink blending.

From My Heart | kelly kent

The background for this card was made using Stampin’ Up! Classic Inks – Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick & Real Red.  I applied them using make up brushes – which are perfect for ink blending, and also super easy to clean.

Start with the lightest colour, making sure to swipe the brush on scrap paper first before adding ink to your cardstock. This helps to avoid harsh marks where you first put your brush.  I find working in a combination of left to right and swirling circles helps me to build up the colour evenly.

Once you’ve got the desired depth of colour, ink up the brush with the next darkest colour and blend to overlap the first colour.  Continue until you’ve got all colours. You can always go back and add more ink if you think certain patches or colours need it – but the trick to ink blending is to get your project to a point where the colour has been applied but it still looks a little rough and leave it to dry – that’s when the magic happens!  The superior quality of our Whisper White cardstock makes it ideal for ink and it absorbs and settles beautifully.  So, in this case, the advice to put down the brush and step away is worth listening to!

From My Heart | kelly kent

Although I love the smoothness of the ink layered together, I love the texture created by adding water droplets once you’ve finished with the ink blending.  There are many different ways to achieve this effect – I like to squeeze water to the end of my Aqua Painter and then flick the brush end of the Aqua Painter across the lid and let the water flick everywhere.  I find this gives me varying size water droplets.

With my background completed, it was time to assemble my loved up card.  I cut the ink blended background with a Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted it on a Thick Whisper White base (half an A4 sheet).  I then cut the Detailed Hearts Die on Whisper White and trimmed a portion to lay across my card.  I love this die!  I left some of the hearts in the die cut, rather than popping them all out.

From My Heart | kelly kent

And finally the sentiment – HVD was stamped from the Heartfelt stamp set in Flirty Flamingo and the arrow in Smoky Slate.  I’ve cut the hearts using the Heart Punch Pack – it has both smooth and scalloped heart bundles.  Buy the punches in a 2 pack ($A59), or together with the stamp set (bundle = $A80).

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Happy crafting this weekend and have a L-O-V-E-ly week!!!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Photo Inspiration

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I wanted to take the chance to say a big thank you for all the comments, messages, likes and support after my very reflective post yesterday (if you missed it, you can read it here).  In keeping with my aim to simplifying my stamping activities, I’m not responding individually, but I wanted you to know that you touched my heart and made me feel very special.

It’s very fitting that my first post on the new journey is a Paper Adventures Team Hop.  These ladies are the heart and soul of my stamping experience.  If you ask most Stampin’ Up! demonstrators what keeps them going, it’s usually the friendships.  Making connections with like-minded crafting addicts is such a fabulous part of this adventure.

We welcome this month’s guest designer – Ellen Woodbridge.  Ellen is a demo on the east coast who has the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh.  I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few events with Ellen and it’s always a joy to see her.  She’s pretty talented at this stamping thing too!!!

The theme for today’s hop is photo inspiration.  We’re all creating something that has been inspired by this sweet image (credit: Amy Shamblen).

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I love hearts and flowers together, so this photo appealed instantly.  I love all the extra details – the different types of flowers, the colours, the little ladybugs at the bottom. There’s so many points of inspiration and I know the team is going to come up with some great projects to share.

I used the idea of making a heart from flowers to start my card.  One of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue is Pressed Petals.  The colours & beauty of this DSP caught me by surprise – because it certainly didn’t stand out in the catalogue to me. I love the floral patterns, the burlap design and the way the sheets complement each other.  The DSP is lightweight paper style which means the pack contains double the number of sheets as usual – that’s a win!!!

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

This card was a slight personal challenge to use the collage sheet in this pack.  I often find them the hardest to work into cardmaking.  But it occurred to me that when you cut up the floral bouquets from each section, they can be used quite creatively!  I’ve snipped and spliced to recreate a heart shape inspired by the photo.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set

This card then inspired another version, where I used one of the floral segments from the collage page of the DSP with a heart outline from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

Although Rich Razzleberry isn’t one of the coordinating colours in this pack, I love the way it brings out the purple tones of the DSP.  The floral page I’ve used in the background of this card is my favourite from the pack.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

I decided to keep this card sentiment free so I can use it for any occasion.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

If you could see the weather right now, you’d be amazing that I managed to sneak these photos in this morning.  The weather luck was on my side!  I prefer photos in the natural light – you get to see so much of the detail.


Thanks for joining us for this month’s team hop.  Next up on the hop is my beautiful friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons who is sharing a very personal project made using daisies!

Click here to shop online for the products used in my cards:

Dies: Be Mine Stitched

Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings

Embossing: Subtle Embossing Folder

DSP: Pressed Petals

Colours: Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede

Tools: Paper Snips

 


Participant List

Ellen Woodbridge (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Sheila Pybus
Mandy Depiazzi

Just Add Ink #465 | The Season

We’ve got a fun challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink.  It might stretch your creative boundaries – but you can do it!  We’re adding ‘The Season’ – as in the weather.  Be inspired by the season you’re currently experiencing or your favourite season.

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Here in the south west of Australia, it’s winter.  Some days that means clouds, rain, wind and storms.  But other days that means sunshine and magical weather.  We are very lucky.  Today we were blessed with lots of sunshine!

When I was making this card earlier it in the week, it wasn’t so pleasant – so I was inspired to use my new silhouette stamp set and make a lovey-dovey card with a cute couple snuggling under an umbrella.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The stamp set is Silhouette Scenes from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s fast becoming one of my favourites!

To create the silhouette, I set the stamp up on my Stamparatus, inked the whole stamp using Seaside Spray ink and stamped this directly onto the DSP.  I then reinked in Blueberry Bushel ink (without cleaning the stamp) and stamped again.  And then again in Night of Navy.  The final layer was Versamark (clean your stamp first) with clear embossing powder.  This gave the silhouette a gorgeous dewy look.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

Stamping on DSP is something I never think to do – but for this card, it seemed perfect!  The ripped edge added a bit of texture to an otherwise plain layout.

The Smoky Slate background is embossed using the Subtle embossing folder – another favourite of mine!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment is a simple ‘love’ from the Well Written Dies using 5 layers of cardstock – one Night of Navy and four Whisper White.  I love how deluxe all those layers look!!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The hearts on the card are from a retired pack of enamel shapes I have.  I use lots of my craft supplies but for some reason I seem to collect embellishments.  So, I’m on a mission this year to use them on my cards.  Of course I’ll still buy new ones too, so there should be lots of embellishing going on!!!


We’d love to see your seasonal card.  Show us what the weather looks like where you live (can you imagine the potential for some gorgeous scrapbooking pages!!!) or share a project that features your favourite season.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can upload your creation and see all the design team projects.

Hope the weather where you live is just perfect this week!


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Leaves, Wood & Wedding Anniversaries

It was a very happy wedding anniversary to this gorgeous couple today…

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

It was also Naked Gardening Day – but no photos of that to share!!!

I had the pleasure of being part of the celebrations on the day these two said “I do” on the south coast of WA 6 years ago.  It was filled with gumboots, large trees, a vintage Combi van and so much love.

With both the bride and the groom have connections to the picturesque forest of the south coast so the wedding theme, including stationary was nature & woodsy.  Over the years their anniversary cards have been a mix of the wedding colour palette of Peach Parfait, Wild Wasabi & Calypso Coral.  After a colour refresh and a craft room clean out, I had to refresh the colours and this year it’s Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral.  Leaf from the Rooted in Nature stamp set.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

I’ve added in a Wood Textures background – one of the many DSP patterns on the retirement list.  I’m going to miss this classic mix of wood tones that are perfect for so many cards!

The sentiment is from a retired stamp set that gets a good workout in my craft room – Milestone Moments.  I’ve embossed on vellum in black embossing powder.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

Of course, the card features a Stitched Shape panel.  I may have to challenge myself to create a card without using stitching!  But then again, every card deserves a stitched finish!  Thankfully all my favourite stitched die options will be available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.


Happy anniversary friends – may your day be as exciting and full of laughter as those celebrating World Naked Gardening Day!

PS, if you live in Australia and find the name of the Rooted in Nature stamp set hilarious given our slang, then surely Rooted in Nature on World Gardening Day is next level!!!


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Stamp Review Crew | Butterfly Gala

Hello!  Happy Monday and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I’m joining a group of fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made with today’s featured stamp set – Butterfly Gala!

The projects you see on today’s blog hop will definitely feature the stamps from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  Some may use the coordinating punch – Butterfly Duet – isn’t it cute!?!  So cute in fact, that it has sold out worldwide and Stampin’ Up! are waiting for more stock to arrive (expected end March 2019).  So, make sure to save the projects that inspire you and be ready for when the punch is ordable again!  Your local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can keep you in the loop.  Until then, it’s totally possible to snip around those butterflies with scissors or you can stamp directly onto your project.


I’m a little late to share my Valentine’s Day card this year for Mr Papercraft because it was so perfect for this blog hop.  Luckily it’s not specific to Valentine’s Day.  This style of card would be great for a wedding, anniversary, appreciation  or general “I love you” card.

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

I decided I wanted my card to be symbolic of the life Mr Papercraft and I have built together. The two hearts are us and the three butterflies are the little Papercrafts (two Lovely Lipstick girls & one Tuxedo Black boy).

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

The origami hearts were so easy to make and look amazing in our pretty DSP.  The smaller heart uses All My Love DSP and started as a 3″ square.  The larger heart uses Botanical Butterfly DSP and started as a 4″ square.  You can find the instructions on making an origami heart here

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent
The sentiment in Butterfly gala was just perfect for a card for Mr Papercraft.  He’s my best friend and definitely makes me a better person.  If I had to choose anyone in the world to spend time with – it’s him!


Thanks for hopping with us today.  For more amazing projects, keep clicking the ‘next’ at the end of each post.  I’m taking you to Holly Krautkremer in the US.  I always love what Holly makes and can’t wait to see her butterfly inspired project!


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | February Sketch

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Hello!  So glad you could join us tonight for our Paper Adventures team hop.

This month we’re welcoming Zoe Tant from the UK as our guest designer.  I’m so excited to have her share a project as part of the team hop – I just love her work!

We’re all creating tonight using this sketch.

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The inspiration for sketch is the card at the top of the front cover of the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions catalogue.  The team don’t know that though, so I can’t wait to see what they all came up with!

I used the sketch to create a 40th wedding anniversary card for Nanna & Grandad Papercraft who celebrate this amazing milestone on the weekend!!!

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

This card is another combination of current and retired favourites.  The sentiment is from the retired Milestone Moments stamp set.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Fresh from my new acquisition – Beauty Abounds – is those gorgeous bokeh dots!  I stamped first and then ran the whole card through the Big Shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The glimmer hearts are cut using Silver & Red Glimmer paper (red is sadly retired) & the heart from the Support Ribbon Framelits.  The frame is cut using the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

My card was styled on the matching gift – which was inspired by a print I saw on Pinterest.  It was one of those ‘I can make that’ moments – many thanks to the original designer.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The red glimmer in the background can be changed out to suit the decor of the room, but given the significance of the ‘ruby’ anniversary I made the original a shimmery red creation.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Wishing my parents an amazing anniversary with a fabulous celebration of their married life this far and the years of fun to come!


There’s more projects to see if you keep clicking on the next.

From here you’re visiting the talented Siobhan Fitzsimmons

Thanks for hopping with us!

Participant List:

Zoe Tant (Guest Designer)

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CASEing the Catty #215 | How Sweet It Is

Hi there!  Thanks for joining me for tonight’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.  I love being part of this creative group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that share projects inspired by the pages of the catalogue.

This week it’s all about the How Sweet It Is section of the catalogue and following pages.  There’s 10 pages of glorious colour, design & inspiration waiting for us all. The first few pages focus on the How Sweet It is suite but after that there’s a range of stamp sets, kits, punches & dies!  Spoilt for choice this week!

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I have been totally in love with the Cupcake Builder Punch & Piece of Cake stamp set this week.  You might have seen the shaker card I posted on Thursday for Just Add Ink.

So, it was this page I was drawn to in the catalogue – and that amazing sparkly drip cake at the centre of the card below.

In an effort to be organised for a big week of celebrations ahead, I used this challenge to make a card for Mr Papercraft.  It’s our 10 year wedding anniversary this week.  3 kids, 2 houses and 1 dog later, he’s still the one for me!

I didn’t want to CASE this whole card, but instead used the cake as the starting inspiration point for my card.

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

The cake, stand and heart were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured using Stampin’ Blends before liberally adding Clear Wink of Stella to make it all sparkly.

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

The sentiments for this card came from the Well Said stamp set (except the ‘happy’ which is from a cake in the Piece of Cake stamp set).  Although it may seem like a bit of an outlay for this huge stamp set, the investment is priceless to have all the standard word sentiments at your fingertips plus a range of fabulous sayings to match.  I just love the one I’ve used on this card!

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

I’ve layered the DSP on this card – something I always forget to do!!!  The bottom DSP is Flirty Flamingo stripes from the Brights DSP Stack and the top layer is from All My Love.  Mr Papercraft was hanging out watching tv in my craft room when I was making this card and he unwittingly chose his own DSP!

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

I’ll be the first to admit I’m very influenced by DSP colours.  Flirty Flamingo wasn’t anywhere near my favourite colour before the All My Love DSP but the pretty tones of the DSP have me converted!!!  Rich Razzleberry was the same until Share What You Love came along!

What’s a colour you’ve come to love recently?  I love that favourites can come & go with Stampin’ Up! because they are all wonderful in their own way (and because the fabulous designers are always making pretty new DSP designs for me to fall in love with!).


Please join in with CASEing the Catty challenge and upload your card to our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

You’ll also want to keep hopping to see the other great projects by the design team.  Next up is my gorgeous friend Tina Gillespie

Thanks for visiting,


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Enjoy the Little Things Video In Life Video Blog Hop | June – Guest Designer

Hello!  It’s an early blog post today as I have the great pleasure of joining the Enjoy the Little Things in Life Design Team for their June video blog hop.

I’ve been doing a few videos lately as part of my Stamp In Confidence program (read about that here), but it’s still not natural for me to be organised enough to craft and video at the same time!!!

But life is all about challenges and extending ourselves, so I was delighted to say yes to a guest designer role with the Enjoy the Little Things DT.

The theme for this hop is 3D.  The design team has come up with some lovely creations, complete with tutorial videos to help you make your own versions.

I’m so much of a card girl, and don’t often make boxes, bags or other 3D items.

So, for today’s project, I’m combining the two – a card that features an interactive 3D component.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

One of the new bundles in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Love You to PIeces stamp set and coordinating Puzzle Pieces Thinlits.  Such a fun way to create cards for big & little people!

I’ve created a double layer frame for the puzzle to sit in, so once the puzzle is together, it fits snugly onto the card front and looks like it’s part of the card.

But, the pieces can be taken out, mixed up and put back together just like a regular puzzle.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the new embossing mat with the puzzle thinlit to create the background outline to guide the puzzle doer.

There’s so many pretty DSP patterns in the new catalogue that are perfect for this style of card.  This design is Petal Promenade – beautiful photography patterns of flowers on the main side & marble on the reverse.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Watch my tutorial video here to show you the steps for making your own interactive puzzle card.

Materials:

  • Card base: Thick Whisper White – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (10.5cm x 29.7cm), scored at 5-7/8″ (14.8cm)
  • Card mat: Blushing Bride – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (10cm x 14.3cm) x 2
  • DSP: Petal Promenade – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Backing for DSP: Thick Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Mat for Puzzle inlay: Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Scrap of Whisper White
  • Tranquil Tide Ink
  • Shimmer Ribbon – Powder Pink
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, Glue Dots
  • Big Shot & accessories (magnetic platform, cutting plates, embossing mat)

These puzzle cards were so much fun to make (and so easy), I made them in a couple of our other awesome DSP patterns too.

Animal Expedition

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Twinkle Twinkle

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

All of these DSPs plus 7 of their friends are available in July as part of the Buy 3, get one free special.  It’s a great time to stock up!

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today – and thanks for the Enjoy the Little Things DT for having me as a guest designer.

There’s a list of amazing designers taking part in the this video hop.  Click on the cute little blue frog to bring up the list and choose someone else to visit.

To hop in order, you’ll next visit the gorgeous Kim Oliver – click here to see what she’s made.

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CASEing the Catty #166 | Painted with Love

Welcome to the design team blog hop for the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge.

Each Sunday the Crew create using the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues as inspiration.  We then open up the challenge to you and wait excitedly for you to share your projects with us on our Facebook group.  Click here to visit the challenge page

This week’s theme is the Painted with Love pages from the Occasions catalogue -pages 18-21.

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You may like to CASE (copy and selectively edit or copy & share everything) the layout, colours, styling or other feature that catches your attention.

I loved this trio of tags….

I converted this concept to a card to create an anniversary card for Nanna & Grandad Papercraft. They celebrated 39 years of marriage this weekend!!!

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

Here’s a close up & break down of each panel.

I used slightly different materials to the catalogue – because I don’t own everything (sad, I know!).  But that’s the beauty of CASEing – you make it fit with your supplies.

Left panel – uses the hearts from Yay You! stamp set (host set in the Occasions catalogue), a Sweet & Sassy heart from Petal Garden DSP, Island Indigo ombre ribbon and sentiment from Petal Palette stamp set.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

Middle panel – trio of hearts using the heart die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits (two in Pool Party, one using Petal Garden DSP), Whisper White Baker’s Twine bow and love sentiment from Petal Palette stamp set.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

Right panel – heart in Petal Garden DSP, sentiment from Milestone Moments stamp set and Island Indigo ombre ribbon.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

I loved this card from concept to a finished creation.  The Stampin’ Up! concept artists have such beautiful designs in each catalogue and it’s always a pleasure to find the creative spark in the catalogue pages.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

Next up on the blog hop is the gorgeous Megan Lenske

Thanks for joining me and for your lovely comments.  I read & cherish each and every one of them.

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