2021 | Come at me!

Hello 2021! Here we are, embarking on another year! As we travel the road (or gauntlet) that is 2021, we will discover what adventures this year has in store for us. I am choosing a year of positivity, creativity and happiness.

Our new years celebrations were quiet last night so after a small sleep in this morning, it was pancakes for breakfast and then some lovely time tinkering in the craft room while Mr Papercraft & the Mini Papercrafts packed away Christmas. This was the result of some time in my happy space.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

The Jan-June 2021 catalogue starts soon (Tuesday 5th Jan) and one of the new products you’ll find between the covers of this gorgeous catalogue is Gilded Leafing Embellishment. It’s an enormous container of gold leaf ready to add to your crafting projects.

The easiest way to apply the gold leaf is with Versamark ink and Heat & Stick powder – both available in my online store from 5th Jan. I went a little more fancy with my happy new year sentiment – using Whisper White cardstock, Foam Adhesive Sheets, Playful Alphabet Dies, ink applied to the bottom 2/3 of the letters with Sponge Daubers and then gold gilding on the bottom half. I cut the letters on the foam adhesive but left them in the negative while I added ink and gilding. This made it easier to work with the small die cuts.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

To add the gold leaf to your project, simply apply Versamark ink (I pushed the letters onto the ink pad) and then add Heat & Stick powder. Melt this with your Heat Tool to activate then using tweezers, press gold leaf onto the sticky parts. Leave to dry for a couple of minutes then brush off with a dry paintbrush or Aqua Painter.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

Other products I’ve used to make this card –

  • Stitched Stars Dies
  • Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder
  • Fine Art Floral DSP (available 5th Jan)
  • Ink: Rococo Rose, Bumblebee, Rich Razzleberry (to coordinate with colours coming through in the DSP)
  • Adhesive Sheets

New catalogue products can be ordered online from 5th Jan 2021.

Wishing you all the happiness, success and love that 2021 has to offer. Here’s to a wonderful year for us all!

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Congratulations Dr Kat!

After many years of hard work, my very clever sister-in-law was not going to let COVID interrupt her plans to finish her studies and become a vet. We were so very proud of her this month when she attended her registration day and got the certification that allows her to commence her journey as a working vet! Official graduation to follow, but I’m told the real excitement is the official paperwork!

Such a momentous occasion couldn’t go without a personalised gift to start her working life with the right accessories. How cute is this coat hanger from Our Heavenly Hangers. I added the paw print to keep on theme.

Dr Kat | kelly kent

The card was made using the colours of her university – Real Red and Basic Black. I’ve been really enjoying the dive into my retired supplies lately – of which there are many as the years go on! The mortar board hat is a square of black cardstock with a gold tassel. The numbers are the Large Numbers Dies and the stars are from the Perpetual Birthday stamp set and the Curvy Christmas stamp set. From my current stash, the ‘congratulations’ sentiment is from A Grand Kid stamp set.

Dr Kat | kelly kent

I also personalised a mug since everyone working lots of hours as a new grad needs coffee to keep them going!

Dr Kat | kelly kent

Wishing Dr Kat every success on her journey as a vet!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | Get Better Soon

Hello! Thank you for joining me and my stamping friends for another Social Stamping Blog Host. We’ve been hopping on the last Saturday of each month to a shared theme. Today’s theme is “Get Better Soon”.

The Social Stamping Blog Host started when COVID was first making its impact on life in Australia. Very unbelievably, it is still having a significant impact on life on the east coast of Australia – particularly our friends in Melbourne & Victoria. They have only just had restrictions eased after a second wave of the virus. We are in a bubble here on the west coast with restrictions in place that make travel into and out of the state almost impossible. Only time will tell what we can expect here in WA as the COVID journey continues.

This theme could take on so many meanings – from the literal of hoping someone feels better soon from an illness to supporting someone in a hard time where you hope their situation will get better. There’s also this meme that pops up on social media every now and again that always makes me smile at the clever use of language (it must be the Speech Pathologist humour in me!).

Whatever the sentiment behind the get better wishes, I always love seeing what my creative friends share during these hops.  There’s a full participant list below – in case of any broken links.  Please enjoy the creativity shared and we hope to inspired you to make something crafty this weekend.

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Participant List | get better soon

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Julia Quinn
  3. Elizabeth Gross
  4. Denise Buetler
  5. Sandra Collett
  6. Michelle Strazds
  7. Sheila Pybus
  8. Andrea Sargent

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

In Good Taste | new home

I was asked by a friend to make a new house card.  Is there a better combination for this theme than the In Good Taste DSP (filled with home textile patterns), Home Together Dies (I bought these for exactly this theme) and Playful Alphabet Dies (for making the sentiment perfectly customised!).

New Home | kelly kent

This card is very neutral in it’s tones and makes me thing of a display home with a fabulously neutral colour scheme ready to add some pops of colour and a personal touch!

New Home | kelly kent

The little home & heart die is my favourite in the set and just so cute!!

New Home | kelly kent

Although I almost always make standard A6 size cards (half an A4 sheet folded), I wanted the long space of a DL sized card (8-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ folded in half).

Seeing all the earthy tones of this card makes me want to make another one in glorious bright colours!  That might be a good project for today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | sunshine

Hey there!  Thanks for joining me for Social Stamping Blog Host #8!!!  What a cool ride this has been.  You can see the full list of my stamping friends who are joining me for today’s hop by clicking here and visiting the main post.

The theme for today is sunshine.   Summer is my favourite season.  I love hot weather and I love the warmth and light that the sun brings to a day.  The sun for me is a symbol of hope and positivity.  I initially chose this theme to coordinate with the Share Sunshine digital stamp set brought out by Stampin’ Up as a special release to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.  Many of the sentiments in the download are uplifting and quirky and make for great rays of sunshine to brighten someone’s day (hence the title of the set!!).

This is my card using the Share Sunshine PDF images with a blended rainbow on Shimmery White cardstock.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Front of the card

The colours are all from the Brights family – Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape, blended with a makeup brush.

The ‘sending love & paper hugs’ is one of my favourites from the digital stamp set – and just perfect to let someone know you are thinking about them.  Since the set is being sold as a download to my computer, I’ll have this set forever, without needing any physical storage and I can just print the pages I need, as I need them.

I’ve added another sentiment from the download to the middle of the card with more of the rainbow card I made.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Middle of the card

If you’d like to own the Share Sunshine digital stamp set too, click here to visit the purchase page.  All funds raised from this project will go towards COVID relief.

This theme inspired me to create another card, using the bright yellow of the sun as the main feature – with some white clouds and a ‘hello sunshine’ sentiment.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

The stamp set is a retired favourite (I can bear to part with that hello) called Hello.  It was a Sale-A-Bration stamp set many years ago, but I often pull it out because of the awesome fonts and cool sentiments.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

Since I’ve decided I do like gingham after all (slow but steady seems to be the craft style here!), I’ve used Pineapple Punch DSP in the gingham pattern from the 2018-2020 In Color DSP.  The cloud die is another retired favourite – Rainbow Builder Dies.

Speaking of rainbows, do you remember my rainbow window from week three?  I updated it again yesterday with balloons for my birthday.  I was convinced it was going to fall down as soon as I put it up, but over a month later, it has survived everything including the most intense storm I’ve seen recently.

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I most often craft in the afternoons while Little Master Papercraft has his afternoon nap, and then again at night when all the Little Papercrafts are in bed.  So I didn’t realise, but when the sunshine is coming through the window in the morning, it projects a silhouette of the rainbow wall onto the wall behind my computer.   What a beautiful sight!

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I hope the reflections you see this weekend are beautiful and you take the time to stop and notice.  If there’s one thing that this pandemic has allowed me to enjoy, it’s a a slower pace and enjoying the little details!

Next hop to visit for more sunny inspiration is Nicole Wilson.  Nicole is one of the brightest and joy spreading humans I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.  She’s vibrant and generous and radiates positivity.  Everyone is better for spending time with Nicole!

If you’d like to see the full list of participants for today’s hope, click here.  See you next week for another Social Stamping Blog Host!

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!

 

Just Add Ink #490 | Add an Easel

Thank you so much to everyone that entered our start to 2020 challenge (#488 – Celebration).  If you were one of the winners, please make sure to email the JAI blog to claim your prize.

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This week Lou has challenged us to “Add an Easel”.  Of course, this could be an easel style fancy fold – or you could incorporate an easel into your project design like Tina did.  Click here to see all the design team creations and add your project to our gallery.

I wanted a fresh easel for this challenge – one I haven’t tried before.  While searching for cool easel ideals, I came across a Triple Easel Card designed by Nicole Wilson.  Nicole has very kindly put together all the measurements and instructions which you can purchase by clicking here.  Tutorials are a fabulous time saver and worth every penny to the designer!

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

This style of easel card has three layers of easels (as the name suggests).  The back layer is created using the card base and the front two layers are created using DSP.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kentBecause all our DSP is double sided, it creates a wonderful contrast.  I’ve used the Peaceful Poppies DSP.  The colours and patterns in this DSP are absolutely gorgeous!

The colours for this card are Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss.

The flowers & leaves are cut using the Poppy Moments Dies from the Peaceful Poppies suite.  I wanted a variation in colour, so the back layer of the flower is cut using the Lily Impressions DSP* (*free during Sale-A-Bration).  Again, Stampin’ Up! shows its versatility with coordinating products both within the suite and across the range.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

The red poppies in the middle layer are from the Peaceful Poppies Elements – they come coloured and ready to add to your project!

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp set to provide coordinating patterns on the card base.  These images were stamped in Versamark and clear heat embossed for a subtle tone-on-tone effect.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

As with any good fancy fold design, it all folds up to regular card size ready for posting or delivering in an envelope.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

This card was delivered today to my newest recruit, Tanya, who took advantage of the great Starter Kit deal available during Sale-A-Bration.  Tanya received $235 of products, a bonus stamp set, a DSP sampler and a mini trimmer all for $165.  Oh, and FREE SHIPPING!!!

While she remains an active demonstrator (which will be until at least 31st July 2020), she is able to purchase all the items on her Stampin’ Up! shopping list at a 20% discount.  If she wants to, she can sell to family, friends or customers and receive an income on their purchases.

This offer is available to any Australian resident between now and 31st March 2020.  It’s great for anyone who loves a great deal on their stamping products.  The most common question I get asked is “what if I don’t make the minimum quarterly spend”? (which at the moment is $468 at retail prices – you’ll get your discount off that!).  The answer is nothing.  You get to keep all the items in your Starter Kit and you simply change from demonstrator to customer.  It’s a no-risk opportunity that I encourage everyone to take up.  You have nothing to lose and a whole team of lovely crafters ready to welcome you.

Want to join Tanya this Sale-A-Bration and join my Paper Adventures team?  Click here to purchase your Starter Kit, or message me to chat if you have more questions.

Welcome to the team Tanya – it’s so lovely to have you!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Australia

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Hello!  Happy 2020 and welcome to our first Paper Adventures Team hop of the year.  The theme is ‘Australia’ and I can’t wait for you to see what fun creations the team are sharing tonight.

We’re joined by guest designer Jo Stubbings – thanks for hopping with us Jo!  Jo is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from NSW who I met through the Just Add Ink design team.  I love her use of colour and know you will too!


There’s a few Aussie contributions in the current Stampin’ Up! range including the cute kangaroo & koala duo in the Animal Outing set, but I couldn’t go past the koala in the new Bonanza Buddies stamp set (Birthday Bonanza suite).  I used him for my Just Add Ink card last week and as hard as I tried to use something different for this hop, I kept going back.

Koalas are native to Australia and only found on the east coast of Australia – unless in captivity.  They eat only eucalyptus leaves and despite looking very cute, their claws are quite sharp and dangerous.  Most people are surprised by how heavy koalas are when they have a cuddle.

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

I inked the koala in Smoky Slate and stamped his eyes & nose in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The Bonanza Dies coordinate perfectly to cut him out.

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

The Bonanza Dies are actually one of my favourites from the Jan-June Mini Catty because they have so many options.  Not only can you cut out the animals in the stamp set, but there’s a stitched tag die (yeesss!  I’d buy the set just for this!) and some super cute bunting.

I’ve used the tag die together with a stitched rectangle cut out to create a shaker tag.  Cut the top piece with the rectangle to create a window and cover the window with Window Sheet.  Using Foam Adhesive Strips, adhere to a tag base.  Make sure to pop some super cute shaker pieces in the middle.  I’ve used From My Heart Faceted Gems, gold sequins and Night of Navy stars I made using the retired Stars Border Punch.

I picked DSP for this card in a red & blue theme, picking up the essence of the Australian flag. I love DSP and always make sure I have all the patterns.  The easier way to do this is with a DSP sampler which I release each catalogue.  This card features blue stripe & red watercolour patterns from the Peaceful Poppies DSP (Jan – June mini) and dark blue watercolour from the Lily Impressions DSP (Sale-A-Bration).

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

The final touches for this card were the Australian flag (printed from my computer and attached to a toothpick) and the ‘welcome’ sentiment from Animal Outing.  I thought this would make a great card for someone who is spending their first Australia Day (coming up on Sunday 26th Jan) in Australia.

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

The layout for this card was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch which popped up on my Facebook feed earlier in the week.  I love sketches – they are a great starting point to get creative.  Click here to visit the Mojo Monday post.

For a bigger dose of Aussie fun, keep hopping and see what the rest of the team have made including our guest designer, Jo Stubbings, who is next on the list.

Wishing you all a wonderful Australia Day!  For those in Australia, enjoy having Monday off too!  May there be lots of crafty hours in the mix!!!

Participant List

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Trick or Treat

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Hello & welcome to October’s Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop.  This month the theme is ‘trick or treat’ – perfect timing for those team members who love a reason to make something spooky for Halloween.  Halloween isn’t so big in Australia, so you may also see some projects with ‘treats’ or something with a ‘trick’.  I love it when the theme gives us lots of room to be creative.

We welcome as our guest designer Brian King – a man who probably doesn’t need much introduction at all.  Brian is an influential US demonstrator who shares amazing projects on his blog Stamp With Brian.  Thank you for hopping with us Brian!!!  Your American Halloween influence for our trick or treat theme is appreciated!

Brian King


Although Halloween isn’t big on my agenda of events to celebrate, it is possible that we’ll get some trick or treater stop at our door.  And you know I love a reason to get crafty.  So, I made these super cute little treat boxes, just in case!

In true trick or treat style, you won’t know if you get a treat (some lollies… “candy” for my international visitors), or if you get a trick (plastic party favours in the form of a snake and a rat!).

The design for these boxes was inspired by Beth McCullough @ Stamping Mom.  You can see her post here and also some great visual instructions for making the boxes.  I altered the measurements because I didn’t want a tag topper top.  I also wanted to be able to get 2 boxes from a sheet of A4 cardstock.

My measurements were:

Cardstock: 5-7/8″ x 6-1/4″

Score 2″ from each edge along the 5-7/8″ side and 2-3/16″ from each edge along the 6-1/4″ side.

Cut away all four corners.

On the shorter flap, measure half way along the top edge (15/16″) and mark with a pencil.  Using your piercing mat, a ruler and a bone folder, gently score between the mark you made at the top edge and towards the bottom edge of the square.  Repeat this in the other direction to make a triangle within the square.

Fold into a box shape.  I adhered the back flaps to the back inside of the box, added in my trick or treat goodies and then finished with Monster Bash DSP on the front of the box and a Circle Tab punch adhered on to keep it closed.

What would you prefer?  Yummy treats or a spooky trick?

Products used for my triangle treat boxes:

DSP: Monster Bash

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Basic Black

Punches: Classic Label, Circle Tab

Stamp set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, Piercing Mat, Bone Folder, Paper Snips

You can find all these supplies in my online store.  Click here to shop.

Next up on our blog hop for some trick or treat fun is Lisa Whitehead.

In the event of any broken links, you can navigate through the hop via the participant list below.

Thanks for joining us!  We hope you have an excellent Halloween next week if you celebrate – or if you don’t, we hope you enjoy all the treats, trick-free!

Participant List
Brian King (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Lisa Whitehead
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Mandy Depiazzi