Colour INKspiration #34

As May offers lots of Wednesdays, we are about to embark on a 3 week Colour INKspiration challenge.

Join us on Facebook to create using these retro colours straight from a postcard perfect picture!

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I used the colours to make a very special card for an amazing member of our Colour INKspiration Crew.  Jacque Williams from New Zealand became the first South Pacific Demonstrator to reach $1 million (US) in sales.

Painted Glass | kelly kent

Jacque recently visited the Stampin’ Up! office in Utah, US – celebrating her achievement with Sara & Shelli and designed her own million dollar sales stamp set.  You can see some photos of her time in the US here.

The card features a new stamp set called Painted Glass from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue – which I was lucky enough to take home from OnStage.

Painted Glass | kelly kent

The background panel is hand drawn using Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, & Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends.

Painted Glass | kelly kent

I’ve kept the front clean & simple and added the sentiment to the inside of the card.

Painted Glass | kelly kent

This is definitely a reason to celebrate – way to go Jacque!!!  As you’re making your way around the Colour INKspiration Crew blog hop, be sure to leave Jacque a congratulatory comment on your way!

Next up is Julia Quinn and her fancy fold creation!

Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration #34.  Join in with your entry via our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

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Sharing What We Love

Year by year, our Paper Adventures team continues to grow as Stampin’ Up! loving crafters join the journey.  Some jump in feet first knowing they are going to love it.  Some take a little longer, but most of our team stay for a while to enjoy the team environment, fantastic discount and perks of being a demonstrator.

We celebrated another success in the team last month when Mary promoted to Bronze Elite. Mary’s 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue wishlist just became an even better deal with a 25% discount on all the Stampin’ Up! she orders.

I celebrate all the successes my team have with a card and gift.  This is the card I made for Mary using everyone’s favourite May pre-release suite – Share What You Love.

Share What You Love | kelly kent

I added in the new Stitched Labels Framelits (available to demonstrators on pre-order now, and to customers from 1st June 2018) – they are oh-so-special!!!

Stitched Labels Framelits | kelly kent

And since Mary couldn’t make it to our demonstrator class last week, I made a Statement of the Heart frame for her craft room.

Share What You Love - Statement of the Heart Shadow Box Frame | kelly kent

If you’d like your very own discount, demonstrator perks and belonging to a wonderful group of stampers, then join our Paper Adventures team.  It’s a wonderful risk-free opportunity #nothingtolose.

Click here to start your Paper Adventure or message me to get more information.

Join Stampin' Up! #nothingtolose | kelly kent

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Getting Ready for St Patrick’s Day 2018

I love making cards for St Patrick’s Day – must be the irish name!

It’s such a fun & happy theme!

With the Rainbow Builder Dies currently available in the Annual Catalogue and lots of hearts on offer, this card came together in a snap!

St Patrick's Day 2018 | kelly kent

Teeny Tiny Sentiments is always my go-to for specific occasions – it covers a whole range across the year including the lucky green day!St Patrick's Day 2018 | kelly kent

To make your own rainbow, pot of gold & shamrock card, here’s the supplies you’ll need….

St Patrick's Day 2018 | kelly kent

Our Irish & Irish loving friends will be in their element this Saturday!!!

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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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Just Add Ink #394 | Romance

There’s nothing like a challenge deadline to raise the bar and get some of my to-do list done early!

Thanks to a fabulous theme of “Romance” by Nikki, it’s full steam ahead on the Valentine’s & anniversary cards required around here in Feb.

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The first card I made for this challenge was very non-traditional.  I have no idea where the idea started, but I wanted to use the phrase ‘you are my sunshine’.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The Sunshine Wishes Thinlits have the cute ‘sunshine’ die, the stamp set has the ‘are my’ and the YOU is from the Sale-A-Bration set called Celebrate You.

Using the Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheets with the words is my favourite way to adhere them to my cards.  No messing around with liquid glue or tiny bits of tape.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The background was made by stamping the dandelions from Birthday Celebration in Versamark then heat embossing in white before spritzing and swirling some yellow & gamboge (orange) Brusho Crystal Color.  Add some glitter dots, a coordinating DSP background and my non-conventional romantic card is done.

Fun fact: I bought Brushos just so I’d be able to tell my customers what they are like…. and I can’t stop using them!


After my fun take on romance, I decided I should make a card in a similar style but with a more traditional colour theme and sentiment.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

This card has a Sunshine Wishes Thinlit (love), Celebrate you Thinlit (YOU) and stamped sentiment (MORE), just like the other card.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

It also has a Brusho background with cute emboss resist hearts from the Yay You stamp set – but pink Brusho???  It turns out if you add just a tiny tap of the Brilliant Red Brusho, you can achieve a gorgeous soft pink.  So many possibilities!!!

Two cards – one screams romance and one slides up quietly with a romantic gesture.  Do you have a favourite?

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

If you’d like a reason to start you V-Day card making early, or maybe you also have an anniversary in February, or you’ve got a wedding to go to, visit the Just Add Ink blog to join the challenge.

While you’re at the blog, you can see all the design team card – what a talented bunch, not to mention a collective group of some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!

Thanks for sharing in the crafty fun with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Happy Australia Day 2018

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Today Australia celebrates Australia Day.

Despite some controversy over recent years about the purpose & significance of Australia Day (particularly the date it falls on), I like to take the opportunity each year on 26th January to appreciate the country I live in.

The freedom we are afforded, the opportunities we are given, the strength of our nation and the way in which we continue to evaluate & evolve in a constant dialogue to be better.

I constantly feel lucky to have been born into a country (I am first generation Australian with British parents) with such beauty & grace.  The beach is the place that most reminds me of this – which makes it particularly lucky that this is where I’ll be on Australia Day 2018!


Seriousness & politics aside, we have another small issue when it comes to national pride…..

What colours best represent Australia?

Australia Day 2018 | kelly kent

Our flag is red & blue so we often have these colours as our official duo…

Australia Day 2018 | kelly kent

 

But our sporting identity is green & gold, there’s always green & yellow when there’s sport involved….

Australia Day 2018 | kelly kent

Which colours most make you think of Australia?

I love both combinations and consider the red & blue to be more traditional and the green & yellow more modern.

Either way these cards were so fun to create with Brusho Crystal Colour!

Pop back in on Sunday to see the Stamping Sunday blog hop and some great Brusho projects from the design team!

Have a happy & safe long weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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ESAD Blog Hop | Occasions & SAB

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Hello Sunday!  We’re about half way through the school holidays here and loving life!  How is your January going?

Today you’re joining us for the ESAD 2018 Occasions Catalogue Blog Hop.

ESAD is a Facebook group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand.  We share ideas, support each other and a couple of times a year some of the group unite for a blog hop.  You can see all the info about ESAD at the end of this post.


Each of the 23 participants on this hop will be sharing with you some of what they’ve been making with products they’ve bought from the new Occasions catalogue.

This month, thanks to her new catalogue purchases, Anne from my Paper Addventures team promoted to Bronze Elite!  Since joining, Anne has found a delightful balance of adding to her stash and sharing what she loves with others.

Anne’s achievements meant an opportunity for me to get creative with one of my new stamp sets that I knew was going to be amazing for team gifts & recognition as soon as I saw it!

It’s called Yay You and is full of encouraging and uplifting sayings!

This stamp set is hiding away in the host section of the Occasions catalogue – page 54.  Exclusive host stamp sets are only available to purchase using Stampin’ Rewards.  You can earn these on any order over $250 (your own order or combined totals at a workshop).

There’s a great special running during Sale-A-Bration where orders of $400 or more receive an extra $40 of rewards.  It’s a fantastic time to get your family & friends together for a craft session hosted by me and take advantage of all those rewards to be earned.

Enough chat… let me show you what I made for Anne….

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

I combined the Yay You stamp set with the pretty Painted with Love DSP.

Although part of the “Valentine’s” offering in the Occasions catalogue, those shades of pink & gold are perfect for any occasion.

I’ve used Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Berry Burst & Rich Razzleberry – left to right across the banner.  And then the fun triangle string in Fresh Fig.

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

The DSP has beautiful gold elements, but this was a celebration of Anne’s {BRONZE} achievement so I mixed the metallics and added copper trim & copper embossing to the card.

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

I also created a cute little gift bag for Anne’s gift.  Which was some Stampin’ Up! product and a personalised ruler for her emerging business identity.Personalised Ruler | kelly kent

The bag, made using two ‘fronts’ from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit, has the same elements as the card – because I love a coordinating set!

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

Those banners – so pretty!

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

Anne joined last Sale-A-Bration and hasn’t looked back since!

New Stampin’ Up! family members are always welcome – join the fun!


Thanks for joining me as part of this blog hop.

Next up you’re heading to the gorgeous & talented Kim Oliver.

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If you see anything you like while hopping today, visit the Stampin’ Up! online store to purchase your favourite products.  We have our own Australian warehouse, so items are shipped directly to you at low shipping costs starting at from $5.95.

Shopping in pyjamas is encouraged – as that is truly the most creative outfit on this planet!

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All that is pretty is pink….

If you get lost anywhere along the way (we try hard, but broken links sometimes happen), the full list is here…

Blog Hop Participant List

  1. Cheryl Algie
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Lou Kitzelman
  6. Carly Middleton
  7. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  8. Kim Oliver
  9. Ellen Woodbridge
  10. Fi Cobbin
  11. Megan Lenske
  12. Barbara Williams
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Maree McIntosh
  15. Delys Cram
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Monique Fielder
  18. Cathy Pinchbeck
  19. Courtenay Heuston
  20. Leonie Schroder
  21. Libby Dyson
  22. Rachael Lewsley
  23. Jessie Holton

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Have a Magical 2018!

Happy New Year!

The clock has just ticked over here in Bunbury, Western Australia, though I know if you are in other parts of the world, you’ve either been in 2018 for hours, or have hours to go til your celebrations.

Wishing everyone a magical 2018!  We have the start of the Occasions catalogue to look forward to on Wednesday and many more beautiful products throughout the year!

I was a little late getting some of my Christmas cards out, so I sent through some of these cards using the Myths & Magic Suite.

Have a Magical 2018 | kelly kent

Myths & Magic Suite – Available 3rd Jan 2018 

I probably should have paid more attention – there is actually a banner framelit that cuts out the magical!!!  All that fussy cutting!  We’ll just pretend that’s the look I was going for!

Have a Magical 2018 | kelly kent

The eclipse style of this card gave me left over numbers, so I decided to make a second version.

Have a Magical 2018 | kelly kent

And with the cute mythical creatures of the stamp set, I couldn’t resist adding some decoration to the middle..

Have a Magical 2018 | kelly kent

A bit of the washi or glimmer paper would have looked amazing in there too!!!

So much still to discover from the new catalogue!


I can start taking orders now, ready for Wednesday, so if your wishlist is ready, email it through.  Or shop in the online store anytime from Wednesday morning.

Hello 2018, we’re going to have fun!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Wood Words

Can you believe we’re down to our final two Stamp Review Crew posts for 2017???

What an amazing year of projects it’s been.  You can revisit all my SRC projects by clicking here.

I love being part of this design team.  It’s filled with international demonstrators that are as lovely as they are talented!

You’re currently hopping with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Australia.  From here it’s back to the US to visit Stesha Bloodhart. Be sure to complete the blog hop by clicking through the next button at the end of each post.

Today’s theme takes us back to the Annual Catalogue and one of the sets we got to play with last April at the OnStage event – Wood Words.

It has coordinating framelits including a cute little wood crate.  You’re going to love the diversity on this hop!

My favourite part of this stamp set is the block lettered sentiments, the pretty floral stamp and the lined shapes.  There’s so much potential!

I started my Stamp Review Crew creations by using the floral stamp as a bottom ‘peekaboo’ layer for this Navy & white card.

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

It’s such a stylish colour combination that I kept the design clean & simple.  The flowers are stamped on a base layer, which is then partially covered up by a small strip at the bottom and a larger panel at the bottom.  This then creates a sense of the flowers being in a window or peekaboo panel.

Here’s what is looks like from a side view…

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

That ribbon just makes me smile – so luxurious!!!  This bow has three layers of ribbon all tied together in a bow and attached with a glue dot.

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent


My next project is for a friend who sells skincare with a direct sales company called Rodan + Fields.  They are newly launched in Australia and in the 3 months since launch, she has achieved wonderful success.

R+F uses lots of hearts in their imagery, so I thought the heart stamp in their range of colours would be a nice way to show her I’m thinking of her.

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

I actually have a number of customers who are direct sales consultants for companies like R+F, doTERRA, Jamberry, Tupperware Nature Direct & Scentsy and buy Stampin’ Up! supplies to use in their own business.  If you are a direct sales consultant in Australia, get in touch with me to find out how to bring your customer thanks yous, team recognition and packaging up to the next level!

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

The Sweetheart punch (currently on the Australian Clearance Rack) is perfect for R+F too!  Punches are so easy to use and are awesome for notecards, tags, envelope seals & packaging!


My final project for today (I know…3 creations in one blog post!) was inspired by the “Fresh Treats” sentiment.   And the choice of baked treat?  By the semi-circle stamp in the Wood Words set.  It makes awesome bananas if you stamp in yellow and then use the stamp edge in Soft Suede for the banana ends.

A banana theme is actually perfect, because who doesn’t love beautifully wrapped Banana Bread??

SNEAK PEEK ALERT…. I’ve combined the Wood Words stamp set for my packaging with some upcoming products from Occasions 2018.  The Tutti-Frutti DSP has bananas!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

These are my top secret tips for any kind of bake sale (or cake stall as they are called here in Australia).

  • Bake mini – these little loaf tins are the perfect size to increase the cute factor!
  • Disguise your cake as ‘bread’.  It sounds like a healthier choice but we all know it’s really not!
  • Wrap in wax paper for a cafe style look
  • Finish with a cute tag & patterned paper!

Stamp Review Crew - Wood Words | kelly kent

Want to try out my Banana Bread recipe?  Here it is:

In a bowl, combine 150g self-raising flour, 75g plain flour and 100-200g brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like it).  Add 125g melted butter, 2-3 mashed bananas (I like lots of banana) and 2 eggs.  Mix well.  Bake in mini loaf tins for 25 mins in 180 degree oven.

My recipe is based on this one from taste.com.au.

Yum!!!  It really is a crowd pleaser.  And a great recipe to use up all the bananas that enjoy visiting school but come home at the end of each day!


That’s all from me today!  Visit the gorgeous & talented Stesha Bloodhart next.

You can find the full list of all participants here.  Please accept our apologies for any links that may be not working shortly after the hop goes live.  Sometimes it takes a little time to fix the inevitable IT issues!

Thanks for joining us!  See you in 2 weeks for the final Stamp Review Crew post of 2017!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Happy Thanksgiving

On any other year, Thanksgiving comes & goes in Australia without it featuring as part of my holiday calendar.

This year, I have been invited by friends to a Thanksgiving dinner!

I am totally out of my depth for making Thanksgiving cards – so I went searching in the catalogue for inspiration.

The card on the bottom left of the photo was my inspiration.

This is how my card turned out…

Happy Thanksgiving | kelly kent

I kept with the Painted Harvest stamp set and Painted Autumn DSP but added in a Crumb Cake layer, changed the Garden Green to Tranquil tide, added some vellum leaves and finished with some pearls!

Happy Thanksgiving | kelly kent

Same, same but different!!!  Don’t forget that the beautiful pages of the catalogue are your friend when you need spark of inspiration or a guiding theme for a stamp set or product.

Happy Thanksgiving | kelly kent

I am thankful for having a wonderful support network of not only my family, but friends that are as important to me as family!

I hope you have a long list of things that bring you happiness!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com