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

 

Another Bronze Adventure!

The Paper Adventures team continues to soar to great heights.

The latest Adventurer to earn a promotion was Siobhan, now enjoying a 25% discount with her Bronze Elite status!

This is the bronze inspired card I made for Siobhan…

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Love the Foil Snowflake?  This one is heat embossed with Copper embossing powder!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

It looks scary, but it’s so easy to do!  Sponge your Versamark pad directly onto the snowflake, coat in embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.  If you missed any spots, you can go back with some more Versamark & powder and heat again.

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

The copper embossing looks great against the new Champagne foil!


Don’t tell my stamps, but I’ve been spending a bit of time lately with a different hobby – vinyl lettering.

It feels like everything that could be vinyled, has been!  Like any fun new hobby, it’s addictive.

I love being able to make custom creations that coordinate with the cards I made.

The bronze theme continued for an awesome mug for Siobhan.

We share a love of good quality teas!  And also a tendency to stay up too late stamping.

So, a vessel for some ‘late night stamping potion’ seems appropriate!

Vinyl | kelly kent

And then scissors on the back to keep with the craft theme…

Vinyl | kelly kent

Endless possibilities!!!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Nothing quite as special as a custom gift – which is why being a papercrafter brings me so much joy.  I love presents, but I love personalised presents more!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Colour INKspiration #19

Thanks for joining us for another Colour INKspiration challenge.

Can you believe we’re up to #19???  Your support has been amazing!

If you haven’t joined us yet over on Facebook, click here to be taken to our Facebook group.


Let me share the colours for challenge #19 with you – they are divine!!!

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Yellow, gray & white is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.

I admit, I don’t love the green in there (for the project I wanted to make) but the design team have used it as a wonderful contrast.

October happens to be an anniversary month for friends of mine.

And, by happy coincidence, their wedding colours were yellow & gray!

How amazing was the beautiful yellow bridesmaid dress I got to wear – total princess moment!

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So, I’ve used this challenge to make a sweet anniversary card…

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

As a striking background, I’ve used the silver snowflakes in a repeated pattern.

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

The anniversary sentiment is courtesy of the Number of Years stamp set.

‘Anniversary’ was too long for the Classic Label punch, so I had to improvise using a pencil & template!  It’s always fun to be creative with our cardmaking pieces!

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

As for Garden Green – I snuck it in for the ‘th’!

I would have been totally happy to leave it out – but the challenge rules made me hide it there!


This wasn’t the only anniversary card I needed to make for October.  It seems October is a popular month for weddings amongst my friends!

Another set of friends are celebrating one sweet year together.

This is their card….

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

I made it to match the colours & styling of their wedding card.

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The anniversary sentiment for this card came from the Milestone Moments stamp set.  I love that font!!

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Do you send anniversary cards to the couples whose weddings you’ve attended?

I’ve tried hard over the years, but since my record keeping system is scattered (and that’s a kind description!), they often sneak up on me!!!

A card in the mail is always wonderful, especially when it’s not expected.

#makeacardsendacard


That is all I have to share with you today!

Please continue the hop to see the fabulous project my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman has made using these colours…

Don’t forget, you can join in the challenge fun over on the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.

Thanks for hopping with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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World Cardmaking Day 2017

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I have been invited to hop with a totally amazing group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world to celebrate World Card Making Day – what an honour!

This is a hop you’ll want to run through from start to finish!!!

If you’re already hopping, then you will have just come from the delightful & talented Amy Koenders in the US.

Currently you’re visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Australia.

And next up is our very own South Pacific Artisan Design Team Member – Paula Dobson from New Zealand.

Click on the next button at the end of this post to hop on over to Paula’s blog.


It was a totally free slate for this blog hop – which means we’re going to see some amazing projects.

I took this opportunity to think about what card making means to me – which has led me to share 3 different projects with you that each focus on what card making brings to my life.

The first project is about my team.  When I first joined Stampin’ Up! I could have never predicted that I would surround myself with strong, talented women with many things in common – but bonded by a love of paper, stamps & ink!

During the week, I sent out this card to each member of my team.

I wanted to reach out to them with personalised messages of thanks for their support and congratulations on their successes during the year.

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

These cards were made using my favourite elements of card making – beautiful DSP, white embossing, vellum, and a spray of flowers.

With one of my new favourite stamp sets – Hello Friend!  The floral wreath is simply stunning!

And how perfect is the sentiment from Labels to Love for cards that celebrate the end of the Stampin’ Up! year!!!  The Holiday Catalogue is not just about Christmas!

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

I also included a gift for everyone – a charm with their initial & a paper aeroplane (our Paper Adventures team motif).

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent

It could have many uses but I think it’d make a cute scissors charm or key chain decoration.

This is how I attached it to the middle of the card – with the Circle Tab Punch

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent


The next project was made during a class and represents my customers.

I am fortunate to spend time every month with a group of ladies who all love card making.

Each class is full of laughter, stories and friendship – and is a highlight of my month!

This is an eclipse card we made last month using the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

You’ll never guess the colours for the sunflowers…

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

Crushed Curry (that one was probably easy enough) and Peekaboo Peach (I have no idea what possessed me to pick that ink but it totally works!).

We stamped the fern in Sahara Sand and leaf in Old Olive at random points between the flowers.

This is another style of card that looks impressive but is oh-so-simple when you know how!


The final project for my post today reminds me of the both the friendships I’ve made because of this wonderful hobby and the power of sending a card.

I’ve sent cards around the world, across Australia and across my own town.

They’ve been sent for all kinds of reasons – because it doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday to send a card! #makeacardsendacard

A friend and I affectionately refer to handmade cards as ‘happy mail’ because there’s nothing nicer than checking the letterbox and finding something made & sent just for you!

This card travelled to the US last month to celebrate Holly Stene welcoming a beautiful baby girl into her famiy.

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

I love all the texture in this card!!!

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

It also includes some of more of my favorites – Sweet Sugarplum, gorgeous ribbon & trim and lots of layers!

Who are we kidding – most of the Stampin’ Up! range counts among my favourites!!!


That is all from me today!  I hope your Saturday 7th October 2017 contains some stamping happiness – whether it is making a card, sending a card or spending time with crafty friends!

I hope you enjoyed scanning through the pretty pictures.  That’s my style of blog visiting, so bonus points if you read the text too!

Please keep hopping to see the marvellous projects from the rest of the designers on this hop.

From here, click on next to visit Paula Dobson in NZ!

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Hello Ladybug | FMS#307

I was shopping during the week and saw a super cute singlet that reminded me of a gorgeous friend of mine.

And of course, a super cute spontaneous present needs a matching handmade card.

It’s been a while since I’ve made anything using punch art – so this was fun!

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

The overall card design was inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketch.

It should have finished last week – but a technical glitch means they’ve kept it open – lucky for me!


Red, white & black is always a great colour combination.

I added in a touch of silver to brighten it up.

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

The bugs are made using the 3/4″ circle punch, shapes from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch & the small leaf shape from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.

Make your own ladybug:

Antenna – small leaf with all but top circle cut away from the stem

Head – largest circle from Cookie Cutter

Body (top) – 3/4″ circle cut in half & separated slightly

Body (bottom) – 3/4″ circle trimmed at top edge so it’s not visible

Dots – smallest circle from Cookie Cutter

Here’s another little bug hanging out on the inside…

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

And here’s a picture of the card with the inspirational gift…

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

In a week filled with some bad news stories & terrible world events, let’s flood our personal spheres with kindness!

Send a pretty card, help someone out & smile often.  Bring out your best!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew | Beautiful You

Hey there!  Thanks for joining us for this edition of the Stamp Review Crew.

You’re hopping with an international line-up of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, all creating with the same stamp set.

Currently, you’re with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

I’m nestled in between two lovely roses from the US – Linda Callahan before me and Heidi Baks after me.  Click on the ‘next’ button below to visit Heidi when you’re done with my projects.

Today’s stamp set is the very popular Beautiful You…

We first saw this at the Brisbane OnStage event in November 2016 and there was a very collective ‘ooooo’ around the auditorium.

Since it’s release, there have been some truly beautiful and very innovative cards made with this set.

You’re going to love the fresh eyes the Stamp Review Crew bring to it today!


I’ve decided to combine it with the newly released “Beachy Little Christmas” stamp set.

The beach shack stamp is just perfect for the dancing/cartwheeling lady.  She’s my favourite – so carefree & happy!

The first concept has been swirling around in my mind for over a week now and was such fun to bring to life!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

It has a shaker portion within the card front, the lady dancing across the card and the shacks peeking through from the middle!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

I’ve stamped one of my favourite sentiments from the set in Black Archival ink directly onto the Window Sheet.

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

This is the middle of the card – the shaker section is hidden by a third panel which I folded into the middle of the card.

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

How cute are those beach shacks all lined up?

Once this card was finished, it inspired me to make another card, with similar elements, but not the shaker section.

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

I’m actually tempted to say I like this one better… Isn’t it funny how things sometimes come together out of nowhere!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

I stamped the lady first and then used the masking technique to block her out while I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up the beach shacks.

The colouring was done using ink pads & an Aqua Painter – my preferred way of colouring.  So quick, easy & forgiving!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent


Thanks for joining me for today’s hop.

Next up is the lovely Heidi Baks & her fabulous use of the Beautiful stamp set.

If you’re visiting from Australia and need any stamping supplies, I can help you out in my online store.

A full list of supplies for my cards is featured below.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Colour INKspiration #18

Hello!  It’s time for another colour INKspiration challenge.

For this fortnight, we’re crafting with these colours colours (and this totally amazing inspiration pic)…

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Pink, gray and neutrals – plus, any green of your choice.

This card was made for our newest design team member – Jackie Aitken.  Check out her first project with us – it’s sensational!

I used quite a few features of the inspiration picture to try something totally different for me – a busy card with lots of texture!!!

Colour INKspiration #18 | kelly kent

My green of choice was Pear Pizzazz for some touches of ‘greenery’ in my planter boxes.

Colour INKspiration #18 | kelly kent

I added Sweet Sugarplum ink to the embossing paste to make a cute pink brick wall.

Have you tried this?  It’s easy and fun to colour the embossing paste!

The floral shapes come from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits – it’s a great set!

And the butterfly is cut from the new Champagne Foil – so pretty!!!


This is a fabulous set of colours and the design team have an amazing range of projects to share with you!

You can continue the hop by visiting the delightful Lou Kitzelman and her cute pink project!

Don’t forget, you can add any green to the quartet – Powder Pink, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand & Sweet Sugarplum.

And any metallics!

Can’t wait to see what you upload to our Facebook Challenge page.  Click here to jump on over.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Labels To Love

Welcome to another blog hop with the Stamping Sunday Design Team, including our guest designer – Mary Deatherage.

We hop every 4th Sunday of the month, all designing to a chosen theme, suite or Stampin’ Up! product.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.


You are currently hopping with Kelly Kent from Bunbury, in the south west of Australia.

Today we are featuring the Labels to Love stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

This is the second of the coordinating sets for the Everyday Label Punch.

The Merry Little Labels stamp set comes in a bundle with the punch (page 12 of the Holiday Catalogue).

I couldn’t resist buying Labels to Love for it’s fabulous range of sentiments.


My first creation today uses the Merry Christmas stamp together with products from the Color Theory suite to create a snowy Christmas card in Dapper Denim.

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love | kelly kent

I truly love a matching label & punch set – it makes it so easy to create pretty cards, tags and 3D items.

But, sometimes I like to get fancy and put a border around the punched shape…

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love | kelly kent

It works for most of the symmetrical punch shapes.  Just a snip here and a snip there!

You need two punched out version in the same colour.  Snip through the middle one way on the first shape and the other way on the second.

Sometimes you need to snip a little extra from the sides of the second piece so it doesn’t show.  For this label, snip the ends off before cutting through the middle.

Then adhere to your stamped & punched shape, leaving a border around the outside.

Here’s the visual…

Everyday Label Punch - Adding a Border | kelly kent

Borders and extra layers add a finishing touch to projects that you didn’t realise was missing til you added it!


My second project to share with you today is not Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving, but using the stamps from this set to create an anniversary card for Mr Papercraft.

We are celebrating a fateful night of dinner swapping, dancing and the start of something special!

So, using Kristel Rimmer’s Mini Pop & Twist tutorial, I made this oh-so-cute card for his pillow….

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love: Mini Pop & Twist Card | kelly kent

It’s so cute, and so small – that’s the Everyday Label Punch on the front.  The outline stamp makes a great border and the ‘love’ stamp is perfect for my theme.

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love: Mini Pop & Twist Card | kelly kent

I used my Real Red marker to colour only the leafy part of the ‘give thanks’ stamp to create a border for the love letters on the inside.  These were stamped & fussy cut – all in the name of love!

If you love cute & small versions of things, make sure to visit Kristel’s site to get all the info to make your own Mini Pop & Twist Card.


Thanks so much for hopping with me today!  It’s an abolute pleasure to have you visit.

Please keep hopping for see what the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee made using this stamp set.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.


Have a wonderful week!

School holidays have just started here, so there’s sleep-ins, lazy mornings & crafting in my pjs!!  Oh, wait, that’s all me….. and playdates, junk food & parks!

Life is all about give & take! (Give me the craft supplies and I’ll happily take an hour making something!!!)

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – DSP

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Good evening & welcome to the September edition of our team blog hop.

I’m so proud of what our Paper Adventures team has achieved this year.  Many of them have undertaken new activities – starting a blog, running classes, selling their creations, with lots more adventure on the horizon!

It’s so empowering to be part of such an amazing group of ladies!!!

Today’s theme is “DSP” – which in Stampin’ Up! lingo refers to Designer Series Paper – the range of exclusive patterned paper created by the Stampin’ Up! design department.

DSP is one of my favourite products in the range!  I buy all the patterns in each catalogue!  I love having the variety at my finger tips.

An affordable way to own every design is to purchase a Paper Share.  Find out more about the Holiday Catalogue one here.

Many crafters hoard DSP – afraid to use up all their favourite patterns or cut into those beautiful sheets.

I don’t have this fear and use DSP whenever I can!  I cut it, stick it and use it on so many of the cards I create.  It’s my favourite background!

When I was thinking of what to make for this hop, I wanted to explore ways to use DSP that aren’t always my first thought.

I came up with several – you can emboss it, stamp on it and use more than one pattern.

The two I am sharing with you today are…

DIE CUT IT!

The variation in colour makes for a great background for die cut pieces.  Or, in the case of this card, I used the ombre colour palette from the Color Theory DSP to  create variation in texture for my butterflies….

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

And the Wood Textures DSP to create a custom envelope…

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

The second project I’m sharing is great for when you need a quick card…

RIP IT!

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

I almost always use DSP in a solid rectangle background piece or in a long strip!

This diagonal rip is perfect for pretty papers with lots of detail, like the Petal Garden DSP.

I’ve also added some DSP (in my traditional strip style!) to the middle of the card…

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

Can you tell how much I love DSP?

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

So, here’s the challenge for the week –

Cut & use a piece of DSP that you’ve been ‘saving’ or choose a different way than your “DSP-go-to” for a project.

If this blog hop has inspired a need for more DSP, check out my Holiday Catalogue Paper Share, choose a current DSP from the online store or visit the Clearance Rack of the online store for some DSP at great discounts!!!

Next up is our guest designer for this hop – Marian Fleming.

Marian is a demonstrator in Perth that I met at OnStage and recently visited us for a class.

Crafting with Marian Fleming | kelly kent

How awesome that a common love of stamps makes it so easy to make new friends!

Thanks for sharing in our team hop today!

If you want any more information about how to get a ticket for the Paper Adventures train, click here for all the details about joining Stampin’ Up!.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

List of Paper Adventurers on this hop…


Product List – Butterfly Card

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