InKing Royalty Blog Hop | Spooky

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop!  You’ve landed with Kelly Kent in the South West of Australia – and I’m very honoured that Brian King asked me to join his team hop as the guest designer for October.

A little background about the InKing Royalty’s hops…

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPOOKY. With Halloween just around the corner, we are excited to share our spooky, fun projects with our neighbors, coworkers and family – and we’re excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


Halloween isn’t so big here in Australia. It’s catching on and I know our suburb will be filled with little witches, gremlins, ghosts and other spooky characters going trick & treating at the end of October, but it’s not as common to give cards or gifts with a Halloween theme.  When Brian asked if I could make something ‘spooky’ I had to think out of the box.  With little in the way of specific Halloween sets in my craft stash, I set to wondering what I had in a non-Halloween set that could be turned into a spooktacular creation.

A flash of inspiration saw the Snow Globe Shaker dome turn into a witches cauldron!

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

I used the die set to cut an upside down snow globe from a piece of Brightly Gleaming DSP.  I then cut the same shape from Copper Foil and using my snips, cut around the edge to create a border.  Add in a couple of 1/2″ circles for the cauldron base and the basic design was formed!

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The background of the shaker was sponged on Shimmery White using glycerine mixed with reinkers for a smooth blend.  The ink colours are Night of Navy, Smoky Slate & Seaside Spray.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

I’ve added some bubble, bubble, toil & trouble coming out of my cauldron with Black Glittery Organdy Ribbon.  The shaker pieces in the card are stars from the Stitched Stars Dies, Stars Border Punch (retired) and Metallics Sequins (retired).

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The cauldron is mounted on a Basic Gray layer and then on a Smoky Slate card base embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The finishing touch was a cute little Halloween sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set – I love having all those sentiments ready for practically every occasion, including Halloween!


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanks again to Brian and his talented team for having me along – it’s been fun to create something for a different occasion!


If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Kelly Kent at My Papercraft Journey
  6. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
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Stamp Review Crew | Free as a Bird

Wow – 1st of July!!!  I’m actually not sure where the first 6 months of 2019 went, but welcome to the second half of the year!!!

I’m starting July with a fabulous blog hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  Today we’re showing you projects made with the Free as a Bird stamp set.  I’ve also used the coordinating Stitched Nested Label Dies that come with this set in a bundle.

As I got this post ready, I realised that although this style of fancy fold has been my favourite over the last month, I’m yet to share any with you!  I’ve been flat out making Pull Tab Cards – a condensed version of a waterfall card.  Thanks to Jan B and Dawn Griffiths for their tutorial videos.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

This card has a different orientation than the tutorial videos – with the pull tab at the top.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

When you pull the tab at the top, the nested label flips over to reveal the panel underneath.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The birds and sentiment are heat embossed in black for a lucious black line and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  You need to be a touch careful going over the black embossing as the black lifts a little, but overall it’s a great effect.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The background panel looks like DSP – but was actually hand stamped by me!  I stamped the flowers and leaves in Memento ink and then coloured with Blends. This is what it looked like before I applied it to my card.

 

I’ve finished the card with the same stamping on the inside.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

As I’ve mentioned before, when a card has such a strong identity with a suite – especially when it has a coordinating DSP – I love to change it up and give the stamp set a fresh look.  The colour palette for this card is one of my current favourites – Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate.


There’s lots more amazing stamping on this hop. For your next bout of inspiration, please keep hopping to visit my gorgeous friend Jackie Aitken.  Jackie is one of our newest crew members and we are so lucky to have her on board!!

Thanks for hopping with us!  Happy stamping x


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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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Colour INKspiration #53

One of the things I love most about Colour INKspiration challenges is the variety of colour combinations.  We use inspiration photos with beautiful photography and then match them to Stampin’ Up! colours.  It sometimes throws together an unexpected combination – like this week!  A shade of green, teal, blue and pink together with white make for a fabulous starting point for some amazing projects.  Add in gold or silver for some optional bling!

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We are joined for this week by Fiona Whitehead who was the winner of challenge #51 If you’re hopping around, you have jumped here from Fiona’s blog.  If not, keep clicking on next until you get back there.

I went with Clean & Simple for my card today – wanting to have a play with the cute dies in the Well Written die set.

I’ve seen the leafy vines used by others but didn’t realise until recently that as well as the 14 word dies, this set also contains 10 fabulous extra dies.

How cute is that little birdie!?!?!

I have layered the welcome die – silver foil on top with two layers of Night of Navy underneath.  I find this gives a great depth to the sentiment and really makes it pop.  These dies are best used with Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets so you’re not fighting with glue!

I’ve just realised as I share this card with you, that there’s no stamping!!!  It’s all paper, die cutting and embossing.  There’s so many ways to make pretty cards!

Please join us for this fun challenge.  All the action happens in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.


Keep hopping for more great projects.  Next blog is by Jan Clothier with a very clever card!

Thanks for joining us!


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Stamp Review Crew | Amazing Life

Hey there! Happy Monday!! It’s a holiday here in Western Australia.  I enjoyed a lazy morning and have plans to spend time with my gorgeous family today.

For anyone who’s wondering about Little Mr Papercraft – he’s 6 months old now!  He’s cute & cheeky and such a sweet little baby!!!  There’s not as much crafting going on as I would like – but that gorgeous little smile makes up for it!

Copyright mypapercraftjourney.com | kelly kent

I’ve kept my project simple for today’s Stamp Review Crew hop with my international demonstrator friends.  The theme is the Amazing Life stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.  You’ll find it on page 28 – bundled with the amazing Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

I’m not sure if it’s the looming St Patrick’s Day celebrations this month, but the lucky 4-leaf clover took my fancy and I decided to use this to make a green festive card.  I intend to send this to an Irish friend as a card for a St Patrick’s blessing, but you could use it at any of of the year for a friend that’s feeling a but down on their luck.

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The clovers are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with Dark Call Me Clover and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.  There’s never much blending going on when I pull out my Stampin’ Blends – I just love them for the smooth colouring.  They are an absolute joy to work with!

You’ll spy some rectangle stitching on the card – not just because they are bundled with this stamp set but rather because I’m putting stitched rectangles on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  I can’t get enough of them!

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The ‘sending’ is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set on a rectangle stitched framelit.  I cut the rectangle down to be a shorter version – I love how versatile the shapes are!

Sadly this Sale-A-Bration ribbon retired, but there’s plenty more Sale-A-Bration choices including 8 more level 1 choices added this month.  You can see all the level 1 choices by clicking here.  *** Level 1 choices are free with a $90+ Stampin’ Up! order in Australia.


Thanks for hopping with me today!  Next stop is the US with Holly Krautkremer and her amazing project!

I hope you have a great week!


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Colour INKspiration #50

There’s nothing like a splash of colour to brighten up the week!

Today is the start of a new challenge for Colour INKspiration and it’s so summery!  Take me there now!!!

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Unfortunately this amazing destination (or any other) isn’t on my foreseeable to-do list, so I’ll have to settle for the crafty version instead.

How about a cool & refreshing beverage???  A celebration of Colour INKspiration reaching 50 challenges!!!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

I haven’t used this stamp set in ages so it was fun to get it inky again!  I’ve kept the design CAS – clean & simple, allowing the colours to shine bright.

Remember my 2019 plan to use more embellishments?  I’ve added clear epoxy dots from a previous catalogue for a fun bubbly touch!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

The “cheers” sentiment for this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  This is another ‘staple’ set I highly recommend.  You’ll find it suits lots of occasions and in this case is perfect for my summery drinks.

Bubble Over | kelly kent

Cheers! Here’s to lazy days and warm nights!!!  I plan on having a few cold beverages by the pool this weekend as we celebrate WA Day.

Next up on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is Jackie Aitken, a fellow “West Aussie” who will also be celebrating WA Day this weekend!  Visit Jackie to see her pretty card using the challenge colours.

You can also join the Colour INKspiration Challenge by uploading your card using the 5 challenge colours to our Facebook group.  Click here to jump over to Facebook.


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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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CASEing the Catty #213 | Floral Romance

It’s a long weekend Sunday here thanks to Australia Day yesterday!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!

There’s no better way to spend a long weekend than in the air con in the craft room for a few hours.  Then it’s time for a casual dinner at the beach. I do love the warm, balmy nights that summer offers!

The theme this week for CASEing the Catty is the Floral Romance suite and subsequent pages.

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I just love the styling of the Floral Romance suite – it’s pretty and feminine and totally gorgeous!  For my card this week, I took a little inspiration from all of the cards in the suite photo above.

I liked the layout of the bottom right, the DSP of the middle left, the leaves of the bottom left, the embellishment of the middle & bottom right, the addition of Rich Razzleberry from the gift box at the moment….

I pulled all those flashes of inspiration together to create this card for my new teamies that have joined during Sale-A-Bration.  They took advantage of the amazing Starter Kit special ($169 for $315 of products, free shipping & 20%+ discount!!).  If you’d like to be part of our Paper Adventures team, click here for more information about the Starter Kit.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

That floral vellum is my favourite – so delicate & pretty!!

The sentiment from this card is from the Stamping Your Way to the Top – an exclusive demonstrator only stamp set currently available to order.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

The scallop circle panel is from the Spot of Tea Framelits – I bought them a while a go and haven’t used them nearly as much as I would like.  It’s a nice change up to the stitched look which I so often favour.  I’ve layered it twice – Whisper White with Blushing Bride underneath – to match the DSP.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

I just can’t get enough of the embellishments from this suite.  The gold seals are divine!!!  And the little flowers are so sweet!  Do you use embellishments on your cards?  I buy many but so often forget to use them.  I’m trying to change this in 2019!


Please join us for this challenge over on Facebook.  This challenge covers the samples for Floral Romance, To Have & To Hold stamp set and Beauty Abounds Bundle.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

For more gorgeous creations from the CTC Design Team, please keep clicking next to journey the blog hop.  From here, the next button will take you to the talented Elizabeth Gross.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Awesome DSP for an Awesome Recipient

Favourite DSP | kelly kent

I made this card to go with a team incentive gift.  I purposely chose the beautiful butterfly paper from Needlepoint Nook as it’s one of my favourite pages from the 2019 Occasions catalogue.  I’ve been waiting for a special card to cut into it – and this was it!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

If you enjoy my projects enough to follow my blog (which I hope you do!!), you’ll have noticed how much I love the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.  They feature on just about every card I make at the moment.  Stitched edges are a great finishing touch for every card!!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Incredible Like You stamp set (Occasions 2019 Catalogue).  It’s full of lovely positive sentiments with beautiful font – which makes it fabulous in my eyes!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

Did I mention how easy Stampin’ Up! DSP is to coordinate colours with???  Just pick out the key colours and you’ve got a perfectly coordinated card.

This card features Night of Navy, Blueberry Bushell, Whisper White and Very Vanilla (with Silver Baker’s twine for a bit of bling!).

Stamping Your Way to the Top Butterfly | kelly kent

I also decorated the inside of this card with a coordinating butterfly from the Butterfly Gala stamp set (and punch) and a super cute banner from Stamping You Way to the Top.  This stamp set is an exclusive demonstrator only stamp set currently available for demonstrators to order.  It’s filled with stamping related sayings.

I can’t wait to make more cards for my team using these two stamp sets – Incredible Like You & Stamping Your Way to the Top.  Being able to support and celebrate my team is a big part of the Stampin’ Up! journey for me!

If you’re curious about joining Stampin’ Up! or feel like our Paper Adventures Team would be a good fit for you, we’d love to have you!  Joining Stampin’ Up! gives you a 20% discount, access to catalogues and products before customers, opportunity to buy exclusive products and so much more!!!

Join between now and 31st March 2019 and you’ll be able to take advantage of the amazing joining offer.  Your Starter Kit is $169 for $315 of products!!!  Any $315 – with free shipping.  You’ve absolutely got nothing to lose!  And lots to gain!!

Click here to see more about the Starter Kit and becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Did I mention how our incredible team would love to have you?  We really would!


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