A Cut Above | Chainsaw Punch Art

We live and work around a roster based system which means we sometimes need to shift special occasions. Father’s Day was slightly delayed for 2020, so I’m only just sharing the card I made for Mr Papercraft!

The last few months have been all about the chainsaw as we collect wood to get us through the winter cold. A punch art chainsaw in Husqvarna orange (aka Pumpkin Pie) was the perfect theme for this guy!

The wood themed DSP is from the retired Wood Textures patterns. I love keeping all my old DSP – it’s been handy for more than a few cards lately!

The punny sentiment (which Mr Papercraft was sure referred to his current “mop” of hair that he’s so proud of) is made using the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet and snipped letters from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set.

Happy Father’s Day to all the shift work Dads! I hope you enjoyed being celebrated – whenever that may have happened!!!

Just Add Ink #518 | Add “T”

Hello!  I can’t wait to see the entries we get for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge!  We’re adding “T” – anything that starts with the letter t or is about the letter T.  It feels like an episode of Sesame Street!

 

Just recently, I saw a project shared by Amanda Mertz where she used the Stitched Triangles Dies to create Santa – so incredibly cool and so creative!  You can see Amanda’s original card by clicking here.

This challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to CASE Amanda’s Santa design – Just Add Triangles!!!

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

I’ve used a Thick Whisper White cardstock base and cut 1-1/2″ from the bottom front and then cut another 2-13/16″ (this becomes the middle layer).  You’ll now have a piece of Whisper White left (4-1/8″ x 7-3/8″) – score this 5-7/8″ to create the card back and top flap.  The top flap & bottom segments measure 4-1/8″ x 1-1/2″) .  This style of card is called a Peekaboo Card.

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

I made my version of the Santa using:

Hat: 1 x Real Read Isosceles Triangle #3
Hat Trim: 1 x Whisper White Isosceles Triangle #4
Face: 1 x Petal Pink Equilateral Triangle #3
Eyes: 2 x Basic Black smallest circle on (retired) Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
Nose: 1 x Petal Pink larger circle on (retired) Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
Moustache: 2 x Whisper White Isosceles Triangle #1
Beard: 1 x Whisper White Equilateral Triangle #3
Jacket: 2 x Real Red Equilateral Triangle #3
Pom Pom: white (retired) Assorted Pompoms

Here’s a reference for the sizing of the Stitched Triangle Dies:

Stitched Triangles Dies with sizing | kelly kent

The rest of the card has Garden Green cardstock for the background mats.  The centrepiece is 3-1/16″ x 4-3/8″ and the top and bottom panels are 4″ x 1-3/8″.  The DSP is from Heartwarming Hugs cut at 3-7/8″ x 1-1/4″.  The embossing folder used on the Whisper White panel is from the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders (pack of 2 thin folders).

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

How cute is that sentiment?  It’s from the Warm Hugs stamp set – new in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.  I’ve cut it using the Tailored Tag Punch – which is typically wider, but by marking even points on both sides of the reverse of the punch, you can create a fun conventional hexagon shape.  I’ve marked at 1.5″ wide and used the method shared by Stampin’ Up! in this video.  The ribbon is from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack.

Tailored Tag Tip | kelly kent

I mentioned before this this card is a Peekboo style.  Here’s what it looks like when it stands up.

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge.  If you are inspired to “Just Add T”, please stop by our blog to share your project in our gallery.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Just Add Ink #508 | Add “F”

Hello! How are you loving the new catalogue? I’m super excited to show you some things I’ve been making with my new supplies, but for the Just Add Ink challenge this week, I couldn’t go past sharing a ‘favourite’ character for a ‘fourth’ birthday for the Just Add
“F” theme.

I can’t wait to see what you all create with this theme. There’s so many options – flowers, ferns, frogs, fish, Flirty Flamingo… and I know you’ll think of more! To join the challenge, share your project photo on the link up gallery over at the Just Add Ink blog.

It’s been a while since I shared some character punch art. I almost didn’t make this little gal, but as she is a favourite around here at the moment, it was time!

I know those of you with young children watching cartoons will recognise Bluey from her tv show. There’s something so real and relatable about the story lines and characters from Bluey that they’ve become a favourite across Australia.

I’d be lying if I said this was an easy punch art project, though having put her together once, it would be much easier to do it a second time. Here’s the breakdown of the pieces I used:

You can see that quite a lot of Bluey is free hand cutting, but the Jar Punch was a great starting point – both to get a good size for Bluey, but also the rounded corners. Once you’ve attached your large spots, cut the jar shape again to get a round shape top and bottom. The ridges on the jar were helpful for her hand/arm and the Forever Flourishing Dies provided fantastic shapes for the tail, eyebrows and smaller spots.

The other supplies used for this card were the retired Large Numbers Dies for the “four”, banner from Bonanza Dies and Starburst Punch. Current supplies were the Rectangle Stitched Framelits and 2020-2022 In Color DSP.

Colours for Bluey were Balmy Blue, Soft Sky (retired), Night of Navy, So Saffron, Whisper White and Basic Black.

If you have a little Bluey fan in your house, have a go at making your own version of Bluey! There’s always a messy desk when I’m making punch art, but the end result is worth the chaos!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

For the Love of Sharing | Llamacorn

For the past many years I’ve mainly shared on my blog the projects I’ve made using only products available in the online store (at the time of posting).  This means that some of the cute & fun projects made for special people or special occasions that contained retired product didn’t make it here.

With my change of direction for 2019, I’ve decided to start adding more of a variety.  I’m still buying new – so there’ll be new ones, but I’ll also add in retired favourites.  I know many of you keep your Stampin’ Up! and have craft rooms filled with things no longer found in catalogues – but also that you still love and use these products.  Lets add some new inspiration!

Today’s share is a llamacorn (a totally trendy llama and unicorn mix) for a 9 year old birthday card.  I didn’t realise llamacorns were a thing – but they are and surprisingly fun to make!

Llamacorn Punch Art | kelly kent

To create your own llamacorn, I used a mix of retired Stampin’ Up! and the Magical Unicorn stamp & die set made by a company called Pink Fresh.

Head – Cloud die from the Rainbow Builder Dies (retired)

Face – Heart die from Sweet & Sassy Dies (retired)

Snout – 1″ circle punch, mini heart punch (retired), hand drawn mouth)

Neck – hand cut

Hair – Sliding Star Dies (retired) watercoloured on Shimmery White

Horn, flower, ears & eyes from Pink Fresh Bundle

DSP – Painted with Love (retired)

Frame – Rectangle Stitched Dies in Gold Foil

Sentiment – And Many More stamp set (retired) with Classic Label Punch

Cardstock base – Blushing Bride

Llamacorn cardstock – Whisper White

Llamacorn Punch Art | kelly kent

Punch art is a first love of mine, so you can imagine how much fun it was to put this together!

Here’s one more photo 🙂

Llamacorn Punch Art | kelly kent

Thanks for letting me share all that I love!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Wheels

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It’s time to hop again with my talented Paper Adventures team!

The theme for this month is ‘wheels’.  It’s a diverse theme and I can’t wait for you to see the whole range of projects the team has come up with.  Keep clicking on the next button at the end of each post to hop around.  There’s 6 of us joining in, including our gorgeous guest designer – Judy May from Victoria.  Thanks Judy!


If you’re the parent of a young person, or have grandies watching tv, you may already be familiar with the subject of my card today.  For everyone else, meet Buster the Bus.

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

This special card is for a gorgeous little man who turns 3 next month and is obsessed with Buster.

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

It was fun to get back to some punch art.  As my kids have grown, I haven’t has as many reasons to make characters for cards.

To make Buster:

Bus sign: Pineapple Punch rectangle (1-5/8″ wide) plus Whisper White Classic Label punch (ends snipped off).  Sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento Tuxedo Black

Bus body: Pineapple Punch rectangle with rounded corners (3-1/2″ x 4″)

Windscreen: Basic Black & Basic Gray rectangle with the bottom edge hand cut into an arc (3-1/4″ x 1-3/4″)

Wipers: Basic Black U shape from Apron Builder Framelits cut down to size

Mirrors: Basic Black U shape from Apron Builder Framelits plus leg from Cookie Cutter Builder punch – double cut into oval shape

Eyes (in order from largest to smallest circle): Basic Black Layering Circle die (smallest size), Whisper White 1″ circle punch, Blueberry Bushel 1/2″ circle punch, Basic Black Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Whisper White Cookie Cutter Builder punch

Mouth: Whisper White Cookie Cutter Builder punch – top portion of head, coloured with Dark Basic Black & Dark Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends

Wheels: Basic Black Story Label punch

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

Lots of work fiddling with pieces to get the punch art right – but it’s so much fun!  Messy with small bits of cardstock everywhere…. but fun!  And when it all comes together – it’s definitely a wow moment.


Next up on our Paper Adventures team heap is our guest designer, Judy May.  I love Judy’s work – it’s always so elegant.

If you’re a lover of Stampin’ Up! but not yet getting a discount on your purchases, then purchasing a Starter Kit would be a great option for you.  If you live in Australia, we’d love to have you on our Paper Adventures team.  It’s $169 for the Starter Kit, which includes $315 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products with free shipping.  You’ll have the option to purchase more Stampin’ Up! products until at least 31st July 2019, receive the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue early and join in with the new catalogue pre-order.  Click here to find out more.

Thanks for hopping with us today!  We’ll be back in April with another team hop with a fresh theme!

Participant List
Kelly Kent
Judy May (Guest Designer)
Mandy Depiazzi 
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Lisa Whitehead

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Penguin Birthday Wishes

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

Penguin Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

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

Penguin Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

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….

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas | kelly kent

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….

St Patrick's Day 2018 | kelly kent

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…

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 – 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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