Card Style of the Moment – Pop Out Swing Card

I’m a very ‘of the moment’ card maker.  I find a style I love, make a bundle of cards and then move on to my next favourite.  I’m not very timely with my trends (usually months behind everyone else) – but that just means there’s all the more samples out there to inspire me!

This style of card is called a Pop Out Swing Card and it’s amazing!

The card sits flat for posting, but when you open it, the middle panel sits within the card front and makes it 3D and fabulous!

You know what else is fabulous? The creativity of Debbie Henderson – I have a super craft crush at the moment.  I love her work and have found myself linking you back to a number of her projects over recent months.  The Pop Out Swing Card is another gem from Debbie’s Designs.  You can find Debbie’s samples & instructional video here.

These are my versions of the Pop Out Swing card – it’s definitely a wow design!  I’ve had such fun making these – and each one looks so different, even though the card basics are the same!

I’m definitely be making a few more of these and then I’ll be on the lookout for the next card of the moment.

Seen or made any ‘wow’ designs?  Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to check them out!  Kelly x


Pop Out Swing Card - Picture Perfect Birthday design. Kelly Kent -

Pop Out Swing Card - Picture Perfect Birthday design. Kelly Kent -


Pop Out Swing Card - Number of Years Anniversary design. Kelly Kent -

Pop Out Swing Card - Number of Years Anniversary design. Kelly Kent -


Pop Out Swing Card - Have A Cuppa Best Mother design. Kelly Kent -

Pop Out Swing Card - Have A Cuppa Best Mother design. Kelly Kent -




Stamp Review Crew – Blended Bloom

Blended Bloom banner

Hello May!!!  I’m excited that my birthday month of celebrations starts with a Stamp Review Crew post.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Stamp Review Crew format – it’s an international hop that highlights the fabulous talents of demonstrators around the world who all make projects using the same stamp set.

You might have already started the journey and been to see Martha in Canada.  Currently, you’re with me in Australia and next you’re off to America to visit Debra!

This month it’s all about the Blended Bloom single wood mount stamp.  Sadly, this beautiful flower is on the retirement list – but that also means you can buy it while stocks last at 20% off retail price.

Blended Bloom is fantastic for colouring practice (I still need lots of that) and lends itself to so many occasions, colours & designs.

Today I’m sharing a Mother’s Day creation with you.  Did you know that Mother’s Day is at different times of the year around the world!?!  In Australia (and the US), we’re spoiling our Mums this Sunday, but Mums in the UK got their special day back in March!  Interested in Mother’s Day activities around the world?  Have a look at this Wikipedia list for all the details!

I love Wikipedia and looking up quirky background information! But back to the craft…

This is my Mother’s Day project set.  It’s all pink & grey which I {LOVE} as a colour combination.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent -

The card has a beautiful Hardwood Background panel (staying), Little Letters (going) and a Blended Bloom flower coloured with an Aqua Painter.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent -

Of course, if there’s a pretty flower on my craft table, it’s going to get ‘winked’ (Wink of Stella is staying!).

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent -

The treat box is made using the Gift Bag punch board (staying!). Instead of adding holes to the top for closure as per the instructions, I made tabs top & bottom of my cardstock and added a ‘lapel’ close.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent -

To make this style of treat bag:

Cut a piece of cardstock to 10″ x 8-1/4″.  I punched & scored as per the instructions for the first long side.  I then rotated 180 degrees and did it again for the second long side (but making sure the panels matched up with what I had already scored).

This gave me 5 panels (2 sides, a front, a back and a tab for sticking together).  I cut all the tabs from the ‘top’ of the bag except the back one which folds down to make the lapel closure.  I then stuck it together on the bottom & side as per the traditional instructions.

Fill with treats, fold down the lapel closure and wrap a ribbon or twine around it to keep it all looking pretty.  I used Smoky Slate thick baker’s twine (going).  And then added another Blended Bloom flower to coordinate the design with my card.

Happy Mother’s Day to all those lucky Mummies out there – I hope the kids or fur babies get organised during the week and spoil you rotten.

I’ll be pre-ordering my own M.Day present tomorrow!!!  At least I {ALWAYS} get what I want!

Next stop is Blended Bloom goodness from Debra.  Click on the ‘next blog’ link below to see what she has created.

Blended Bloom Prev          Blended Bloom Next

If you get lost during the hop, you can always head back to the main page.

Make sure you check back in with me tomorrow – I’ll be sharing something very special ready for the new catalogue coming in June.  If you love being organised, you won’t want to miss it!  Kelly x

Product List

Blended Bloom Wood-Mount Stamp Set


Little Letters Thinlits Die


Smoky Slate Thick Baker’S Twine


Happy Mother’s Day from the Cheeky Monkeys!

Happy Mother’s Day!  I hope you are reading this while enjoying breakfast in bed and unwrapping a parcel of Stampin’ Up! lovelies {a girl can only dream!}.  With Mr Papercraft working away, we celebrated Mother’s Day during the week.

This is me with my two little monkeys and the card they selected just for me – not quite a Stampin’ Up! masterpiece but I’m not sure I could pull off punch art chimpanzees with that much character!


This is the card I made for my Mum for Mother’s Day.  A bit cheeky actually, as the stamp set is hers!


Happy Mother’s Day Mum.  Everyone should be so lucky to have a mother like mine!  Kelly x

Product List

Glue Dots


Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 5

Today is the final of my Mother’s Day cards for 2014.  A card & envelope all in one.  I think this is a nice spin on the traditional C6 card.  Using the Envelope Punch Board, I made a 6×4 envelope (paper size: 8 & 1/4 x 8 & 1/4; score: 3 & 3/8).  I used Watercolour Wonder DSP – the sheet with the big cantaloupe/coral flowers backed with Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.  The envelope insert is Calypso Coral & Whisper White cardstock.  The matching flowers are from the Stippled Blossoms stamp set.  The large flower is stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe & Calypso Coral.  The little flowers are Blushing Bride & Crisp Cantaloupe.  The leaves are Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure that my two layers were lined up perfectly.  If you don’t own a SAMJ, you should invest in one today!  They make it so much easier to achieve beautiful cards!

On the outside of the envelope I stamped “Happy Mother’s Day” from the My Mother stamp set in Calypso Coral and added another large Stippled Blossom.  I used rare earth magnets attached with glue dots to keep the envelope closed when not in use.  I don’t intend to send this anywhere, but if you wanted to pop it in the post, you’d be best to create another envelope (4 & 1/2 x 6 & 1/2) using your Envelope Punch Board again.

Hopefully there has been enough inspiration this week for you to find something to make for your Mum.  If you happened to arrive at my blog, liked one of my cards but don’t make cards yourself, please contact me as I am happy to take orders for any of my creations.  Wishing all the mothers in the world a very Happy Mother’s Day!  Kelly x



Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 4

This is my favourite of the Mother’s Day cards I’ve made this year.  It stemmed from a request for a card that wasn’t frilly, floral or pink.  So, whilst there’s a hint of Crisp Cantaloupe peeking through, the blue tones and neutral colour scheme hopefully makes it suitable for Mums that don’t fit the “frilly, floral & pink” mould.  Plus, it features my very favourite stamp set – Wetlands!  If I got this card for Mother’s Day, I’d be stoked.  Hint hint kids!  Kelly x



Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Fancy Fan

Punches: Decorative Label

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand

DSP: Venetian Romance

Inks: Early Espresso, Island Indigo

Stampin’ Write Markers: Early Espresso, Island Indigo

Stamp Sets: Wetlands, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Accessories: Burlap Ribbon


Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 3

Who doesn’t love butterflies?  This Mother’s Day card is classically girly using beautiful coral tones.  But, the basic design could be re-created in any colour tone, making it a very versatile choice this Mother’s Day.


Tools: Big Shot

Bigz Dies: Beautiful Butterflies, Lattice

Embosslits: Beautiful Wings

Framelits: Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Beautifully Baroque

Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Bitty Butterfly

DSP: Venetian Romance

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Calypso CoralCrisp Cantaloupe

Ink: Soft Suede

Stamp Set: Wonderful Mother (retired)

Accessories: Pearls



Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 2

When Stampin’ Up! first brought out MDS in Australia, I didn’t buy it.  I like the touch & feel of papercraft and couldn’t imagine myself doing much digitally.  I didn’t go the to MDS tour in 2011 (kicking myself now) – I had a new baby, my hubby was away and I still didn’t think I would use MDS.  Now I’m not sure when along the way my line of thought change.  But now I LOVE MDS!  I still make all my cards using traditional paper & adhesive, but love that you can design & print elements that are difficult to do with ink (multiple colours, needs to be straight) or for stamp sets I don’t own and can buy for less than $10 through MDS.  MDS has retired stamps & colours, which is great to be able to keep some of the favourites in the mix!  I think I blogged back at the beginning of my journey about how much of an MDS convert I’ve become.

So, the 2nd Mother’s Day card in the series is a hybrid card, meaning I’ve mixed traditional papercraft with an MDS image.


The ‘subway art’:

Using MDS I started with a 3″ x 3″ custom project.  I added stamps & embellishments that fit my Mother’s Day theme until the space was full.  I recoloured the images using a combination of pink, blue & yellow tones.  When I was finished, I printed on Whisper White cardstock and used the 3 1/4″ square framelit to cut it out in my Big Shot.

To finish it off:

Add a Melon Mambo mat, three banners*** (Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana), Whisper White Baker’s Twine to a piece of Pool Party cardstock embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  Mount this on a C6 Coastal Cabana card.  Add a sentmiment – Happy Mother’s Day from Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamped in Melon Mambo and cut out using a Bitty Banner.

This style would also make a perfect baby card, which I might try next!  Kelly x

*** the banner punch is currently unavailable for purchase as Sale-A-Bration has finished.  But it will be in the 2014-15 catalogue launching in July.

Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 1

I love my Mum – more and more everyday.  And although I couldn’t write down all the things I love about her in one C6 card, I will try to do just that by the 11th May.   In the quest to create the perfect card for my special message, I have designed an assortment of Mother’s Day cards – perfect for my Mum or yours – that I will share with you this week.  If past history is anything to go by, I’ll be making my own Mother’s Day card too!!!

Since today is the final day of Sale-A-Bration for 2014, I will start with this card.  It uses the beautiful Petal Parade SAB Stamp Set & Sweet Sorbet SAB DSP. If you don’t think you’ll be able to go on crafting without these in your stash, then contact your SU! demo today to place an order and get one item free for every $90 spent.  Or click here to go shopping on my online store.  For all those WA people, don’t forget SAB will finish at 9pm tonight (SU!’s base is in NSW & they are currently enjoying daylight savings with a 3 hour time difference).  Don’t get caught out.  You’re welcome!  Kelly x


Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe

DSP: Sweet Sorbet (SAB)

Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe

Stamp Sets: My Mother, Petal Parade (SAB)

Punches: Pansy, Petite Petals, Itty Bitty Shapes

Jumping on the Card in a Box wagon!

Hello!  Today is a beautiful day in Bunbury.  We’re getting some lovely ‘Spring’ type weather (even though it’s Autumn).  A pleasant 28 degrees, sun is shining – oh and the kidlets are NOT HERE!!!  The big one is at day care and the little one is spending quality time with Nanna and Grandad.  Woo hoo!!!  I love them dearly, but am a much better Mummy for having time away.  So, today I am writing a blog post for you, making birthday cards for some lovely friends and treating myself to lunch at a local café by the water.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

Last night some of my wonderful customers joined me for a Card in a Box workshop.  We used the tutorial available on Stamping T’s website which provides all the measurements needed to make a Card in a Box that fits into a C6 (standard) envelope when flat.  I was so impressed by the creativity of Anne, Gayle, Glenda, Cate & Sheila.  I guided them through making the box base, but after that, it was up to them.  We had flowers, mosaics, cupcakes, bikes, and everyone took home a great unique design.  I should have taken some photos, but got caught up in the process and it was home time before I knew it.

These were my samples for inspiration.  I had such fun making them.  You can see how they become addictive.  Like so many things in life, the first one I ever made took me ages, but with some practice, you become quite quick at filling the box up.  Kelly x

Easter Bunny Inspired by Anna Matasci
Easter Bunny
Inspired by Anna Matasci
Petal Parade
Petal Parade
Retro Fresh
Retro Fresh
Flower Shop & Petite Petals
Flower Shop & Petite Petals

Just Add Ink 207

Another week, another challenge.  This week I’ve chosen Just Add Ink as my inspiration.  I’ve just stamped & cut 60 “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiments for Alexa’s day care room, so must have Mother’s Day on my mind!  Kelly x


Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Deco Labels

Sizzlits: Delicate Doilies

Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper, Pansy, Petite Petals, Banner

Stamp Sets: My Mother, Flower Shop, Petite Petals

Ink: Real Red, Black Staz On

Stampin’ Write Markers: Real Red

Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black

DSP: Fresh Prints Stack

Extras: Whisper White Baker’s Twine

Original Sketch JAI 207
Original Sketch JAI 207