Penguin Birthday Wishes

I had the pleasure of making this cute penguin this week for a friend and Paper Adventurer teamie – Kristel.

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Kristel loves penguins, so it was punch art time. Thanks to April Davis for the penguin inspiration.

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The stamps are from the Birthday Delivery stamp set – how cute is that banner!!!  This stamp set and coordinating framelits is on the retirement list.  Available as a bundle, or single items, until 31st May 2018 (or they sell out).

Marina Mist is also retiring in the Colour Revamp, so if this is a favourite colour of yours, be sure to stock up before it disappears!

Happy Birthday Kristel, I hope the celebrations continue all month!

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Not a Banana in Sight…

One of my greatest card making pleasures, still after all these years, is being able to make cards that match the present!

A cute little friend of ours had his birthday recently and his gift was the book Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas.  My kids love it!!  See it here on you tube!

Here’s Brian – the star of my card….

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You’ll notice there’s not a banana in sight – because piranhas don’t eat bananas!  The inspiration for the DSP came from the bananas in the Tutti Frutti pack – but I’ve used the fun stripy reverse side inside… no bananas!

Apart from his eyes (1-1/4″ circle, 1′ circle, Cookie Cutter Builder punches), the artwork is all free hand cutting – nice & rustic for this cartoon character!

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas | kelly kent

His teeth are the banner from In The Trees stamp set.  That’s the part I love about punch art – matching all the shapes to what I have in my Stampin’ Up! collection.

In The Trees is on the retirement list, plus the Large Number Framelits, Big on Birthdays stamp set, Tutti Frutti DSP  & Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper.  Make sure you get all your favourites before they are gone!

Visit here for all your Stampin’ Up! supplies

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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….

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

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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…

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

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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!!!

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Stamp Review Crew – Cool Treats

Welcome to our Stamp Review Crew hop!!!

You’re joining a group of very talented demonstrators from around the world as we share with you the Cool Treats stamp set, and of course, coordinating Frozen Treats framelits.

This is the featured bundle….

I’m excited to share that they didn’t end up on the retirement list and we’ll be able to play with them for another year as they appear in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue!!!

You may have come here from the beautiful Ann Schach and her awesome Cool Treats creation!  Leave Ann a comment on her blog – she personally responds to all of them – amazing!!!


This is my Cool Treats project for the hop.

It’s cool…. but not ice cream themed!

I’ve used the stamps and framelits to make a cute little troll!

Do you remember these from your childhood?  I do!

It was the swirly stamp that first got me thinking down the character path.

And the framelits work really well for character art because they cut into the stamp.  No white border!

Here’s the pieces you’ll need to make your own troll:

Hair – swirl stamp* in Melon Mambo

Head – scoop stamp* (upside down) in Flirty Flamingo

Ears – spoon stamp* in Flirty Flamingo

Eyes – Cookie Cutter Builder punch in Whisper White & one of the dots sprinkles dots in Basic Black marker

Nose – spoon stamp in Melon Mambo cut down to size

Mouth – hand drawn in Flirty Flamingo marker

Dress – cone stamp in Bermuda Bay cut with even edges

Arms – straight stick stamp with strawberry top stamp in Flirty Flamingo  hand cut

Legs – tapered stick stamp in Flirty Flamingo hand cut

Headband – curved accent stamp in Emerald Envy hand cut

Flowers – from the upcoming Colorful Seasons stamp set in Bermuda Bay hand cut

* indicates cut with coordinating framelit


This cute little troll could be made it lots of colours!

I did have a moment when I was trying to make eyes without my long term favourite Owl Punch – can you believe it’s on the retirement list???

I’m going to have to be creative with my character art – all suggestions welcome!!

Next up on the hop is the always inspiring Yapha Mason

Thanks for joining us,


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Just Add Ink #353 Critters

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Thanks to the fantastic suggestion by Karren, this week at Just Add Ink, we’re all making or stamping critters.

This has created a bit of discussion on the JAI design team page as we chatted about what defines a critter???

It seems that any living creature or animal-like character fits the bill.

I wonder if my Gruffalo card would pass the critter test? (PS, I am never making that card again!)


My critter thoughts took me to a special birthday card I wanted to make for a very special person!

Carolyn Bennie, who is just as delightful in person as she is over a computer screen – had a birthday this month.  And one of my all-time favourite designs of hers was this cute swinging koala.

Now, it’s hard to compete with that level of amazingness – but I do know that she appreciates and loves a good pun.

As do I!

So, I sent “koalaty’ birthday wishes over to South Australia.

Just Add Ink #353 - Critters. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This is my third version of a punch art koala (see the other two here and here).

I decided that this one would be made using the Blossom Builder punch (and the 1/2″ &  1-1/2″ circle punches).

Just Add Ink #353 - Critters: Koala punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To make your own Blossom Koala:

Ears: 1/2″ circle with flower in the middle

Head: 1-1/2″ circle

Eyes: Owl Builder Punhc

Nose: leaf

Mouth: hand drawn

Body: 1-1/2″ circle

Tummy: large petal

Arms: leaf

Legs: leaf with end snipped off


This might be the best koalaty (quality) one yet!

Thanks for letting me share it with you!

You can find all the design team projects by visiting the Just Add Ink blog!

You’ll also be able to upload your critter inspired projects & join the challenge.

I’m looking forward to seeing lots of cuteness!

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Hello Instagram!

People tell me that it’s all about Instagram these days!

So, I’ve finally reactivated my Instagram account.


I’ve also had fun tonight making a new teen birthday card with an Instagram theme.  My old one was way out of date!!!

Instagram Watercolour Birthday Card | Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The happy birthday font in the Brirthday Bright stamp set is pretty close to the Instagram font!

How convenient – I love a good font!!!


I made the logo using our beautiful (quality) watercolour paper, an Aqua Painter and our fabulous inks.

The layering circle & square framelit dies made the design easy to put together.


It took me a while to get on board with Instagram, but I got there in the end!!!

I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram – what a visual delight of amazing photos from around the world!

Leave me a comment & tell me who you love to follow on Instagram!


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CASEing the Catty #119 Sale-A-Bration

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Hello!  Hope you’ve had a great week.

Welcome other CASEing the Catty blog hop where we show you creations that have been inspired by the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

Today we’re being inspired by the Sale-A-Bration catalogue for the second last time.  There’s just over 2 weeks until your chance to earn Sale-A-Bration products is finished for another year!

If you see anything you like, Sale-A-Bration rewards in Australia are earned with any $90 purchase until 31st March 2017!


Along the blog hop today you’ll find projects that were inspired by pages 16-19 of the SAB catalogue.

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This the one that caught my eye on page 18…

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I took the box in the middle and used the key elements to changed it into a kids birthday card!

I just love the Happy Birthday stamp from Designer Tee!

CASEing the Catty #119. Sale-A-Bration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can you see the design parallels?

The blue horizontal stripy panel, happy birthday stick, ribbon & twine feature, a blue, white & yellow main element and the touches of gold were all carryovers from the original sample.

CASEing the Catty #119. Sale-A-Bration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love how this turned out and have already used it for a sweet little 3rd birthday card.

Next up on the hop is the lovely Rebecca Scurr

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If you’re keen to join us – please visit our Facebook page and upload your entry!

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Thanks for stopping by!  See you next week,

If you live in Australia and I can help you with any stamping supplies that you need, please visit my online store.

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Birthday Sparkle – My Little Pony

When you’re turning 5, it’s usually about sparkle & favourite characters.

This card has it all – plenty of sparkly and a My Little Pony punch art creation…

Twilight Sparkle!

My Little Pony - Twilight Sparkle using Stampin' Up! punches & dies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I’ve been avoiding putting together a punch art MLP – because the ‘horse’ factor is tricky!  All the pony & horse cards I’ve done in the past have been Cameo helped.

But, while I’ve been playing with the Santa’s Sleigh thinlits, it struck me that the reindeer could be transformed into a pony with the help of a few builder punches!

My Little Pony - Twilight Sparkle using Stampin' Up! punches & dies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was a lot of trial & error but I think this is the end formula…

Body – reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh
Head – fox punch with face snipped slimmer
Hair – fox punch
Wings – blossom builder punch
Eyes – owl builder (white) & sprinkles punch (black)
Horn – sprinkles punch
Star – sprinkles punch


I’m not 100% happy but it’s tricky to get the ‘Disney’ oval eye effect when working with the punches we currently have.

I’d love a die set (or a punch) full of facial features – eyes, nose accents, mouths, pixie ears!  Oh the fun I could have!!!

I hope you’ve loved this MLP creation – it was fun to get back to some punch art messiness.  You should see the “craftermath” here!!!!

Please feel free to CASE or copy the design and make your own sparkly pony!

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Ultimate PINK Blog Hop

Hello & welcome to a wonderful blog hop organised by Janet Wakeland.

What a great reason to hop – raising awareness for Breast Cancer!

I hope you have enjoyed the pink projects you’ve seen so far.

You’re currently visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Keep hopping after my project to see more great international creations!


As we near the end of the year (which is coming faster than I’m ready for!), I am being more organised than usual and trying to get some of the cards done that I know I’ll need.

I have two little ballerinas with an end of year dancing concert in a couple of months, so a card for their dancing teacher was definitely on my list.

And you can’t celebrate all things ballet without a splash of pink – which makes it perfect for this hop!

Here’s my ballerina bears….

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop - Ballerina Bears. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The bears are stamped in Crumb Cake using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and their cute little ballerina tutu dresses are made using the Blossom Builder punch.

Add some bling bows – in pink of course and some sparkles and the bears are dressed & ready for the concert!

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop - Ballerina Bears. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The sparkles & pink on the front wasn’t quite enough for the Ultimate Pink Blog Hop, so I also decorated the inside of the card with a custom sentiment…

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop - We Love Dancing. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Now, to keep this one away from the Little Misses until it’s ready to give to their wonderful ballet teacher.

I suspect it would get an extra special finish if they helped!!!

If you love this card, I’d love for you to make your own version.  The world needs more pink ballerina bears!!!

To keep hopping, click on the next participant from the link below.  Or choose a blog at random & keep hopping!

Thanks for joining me – and thanks to Janet for organising!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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