Social Stamping Blog Host | oh 2020!

Hello everyone! We made it! In one of the most unpredictable and change filled years many of us have ever experienced, we stand here on the final day of 2020. What a year! For some it has been a year of hardship and life changing catastrophe. For others, it has been a year where the change has brought about positives and delivered successes in the face of adversity. Whatever your year may have been, I’m grateful to have shared in it with you through our shared love of stamping.

This is the final Social Stamping hop of 2020. We had weekly hops during the acute phase of COVID and then monthly hops as we started to return to some sense of ‘new normal’ amid a background of COVID. Sadly, for some states in Australia, the return to new normal was short lived as rising numbers plunged them back into lockdown. Some people spent more than half their year with restrictions on what they were able to do and where they were able to go.

The last theme of the year is “Oh 2020!” with my stamping friends sharing their own reflections on the year. Thank you to each and every friend who has joined me for Social Stamping in 2020 – your support and friendship has indeed been a blessing in the crazy of 2020!

A full list of participants is below. Please leave some love in the comments on their blog.

Although we can’t be sure what 2021 holds, I’m opting for positivity that we can make the most of whatever we face next. While we cannot have great influence over the big picture, we are all able to change the little picture and have our part in the way we go forwards.

Best wishes for an amazing 2021 – full of all the happiness you deserve, the craft supplies you need and the time to turn those supplies into more happy!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Lisa Whitehead
  5. Kathryn Manglesdorf
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Julia Quinn
  8. Jan McQueen
  9. Andrea Sargent
  10. Narelle Simm

Social Stamping | oh 2020!

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s my final post of 2020 and I’m so pleased to be joined by some amazing friends for the last Social Stamping Blog Host post of 2020.

I started these posts in March 2020 as the pandemic was starting to take hold and the world was taking a turn into unchartered territory for many of our generation. A pandemic in the 2000s with frequent travel and instant information certainly made for an interesting speed – both in terms of spread and news. Social Stamping in the blogging sphere was a great way for us to stay connected and purposeful while everything else seemed to be unpredictable and a bit gloomy.

The theme for today’s hop is “Oh 2020!”. It was open to my stamping friends who were joining in to interpret that as it fit for their recollection of 2020. My recollection is not of doom & gloom. Whilst there were moments of despair (Mr Papercraft being told not to return to work for an indefinite period of time was definitely one of those!), my memories of 2020 are largely positive. I enjoyed time at home with my kids (our daily walk was a highlight), a chance to reflect on what was important and the opportunity to slow down for a while.

We have been incredibly sheltered from the harsh reality here in Western Australia (though I do recognise that this depends on circumstances and those in the arts and hospitality and people separated from loved ones may have a very different view). Very strict border closures have meant very little spread of the virus and although we had a brief lockdown and home schooling experience, it has been mostly life as (new) normal for us. Social distancing is a loosely followed concept and we have returned to hugging, shaking hands and barely keeping our distance. This was a post from my personal Facebook on Christmas Eve reflecting on how blessed we are. How magical is that beach sunset?

kelly kent

So, with that as my experience, my card to reflect today’s theme – Oh 2020! – is one of thanks. I am thankful to live in WA, thankful to have kept relative normality to our lives (for now), to have been able to see loved ones, to spend special occasions with family & friends and to have continued to work within a safe and low risk environment.

Thanks | kelly kent

My card is a mix of old favourites and new products which we get to know and love in 2021. While it’s good to reflect on the past, I’m looking forward to the future and optimistic about what it could bring!

Thanks | kelly kent

The new products are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. “Thanks” stamp is from the You Are Amazing stamp set and the Flower & Field DSP is a free choice from the SAB catalogue with a $90 order from 5th Jan 2021.

Thanks | kelly kent

Familiar favourites are the Triple Banner Punch and flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set (2020-2021 Annual Catalogue).

While I am spreading out the thanks, thank you to everyone who visited my blog in 2020. To everyone who left a comment, tried a project I shared or followed me here on one of my socials (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest). It’s always fun to reflect on the year, so here’s my 2020 in review…

It’s been a good year! But without an audience to blog to, blogging is not nearly as fun, so thank you so sharing this with me!

One last thank you for 2020 goes to my family – my family at Papercraft HQ (Mr Papercraft, the mini Papercrafts and Nanna & Grandad Papercraft). Your patience with 5 more “stamping minutes”, tolerance of dinners on the table later than I had in mind after I got waylaid with something stamping, allowance of sleep ins after night owl bedtimes and compliance with the sanctity of my craft room gives me the room to be happy and creative. The other half of this thank you is to my Paper Adventures team – my stamping family. Your friendship and sense of belonging to the stamping community kept it in my priorities for another year!

For more 2020 reflections from my stamping friends, click on the next button to visit Nicole Wilson. You can find a full list of the participants in this blog hop on the main Social Stamping Blog Host post here.

From my family to yours – happy new year!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | merry & bright

Hello! Has the silly season hit your house yet? I feel like it has all ramped up here, just in the past week! In Australia, Christmas coincides with the end of our school year, so it’s a whole big flurry of activity as activities end (and have end of year concerts and performances) and school draws to a close for 2020.

The theme for the Social Stamping blog host this month is ‘merry & bright’. This happens to be one of the sentiment options in my favourite bundle from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

The Peace & Joy bundle comes with a stamp set filled with sentiment and artistic stamping options and a die set to coordinate with the large words.

The large sentiment stamps (peace, joy and bright) can be cut and layered using the dies, but I’ve added texture for these cards using two tone inking. I first inked up the stamp in the lighter colour (Seaside Spray) and added the darker ink (Misty Moonlight) using a Sponge Dauber. It creates a beautiful dimension without having to use the dies.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

The colours for these cards are Whisper White and Smoky Slate together with Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy (and a touch of silver foil). My favourite Christmas combinations are usually not traditional red & greens.

Are you making cards in bulk this Christmas? One easy way to extend the design is use the same pieces, but slightly change the layout. I’ve done this my turning the card into a portrait orientation and made the strips into banners using the Banners Pick A Punch.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Other products used for this card were:

  • Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
  • Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Sprig Punch
  • Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack
  • Metallic Pearls

The other cards I’m sharing with you today use the Peace & Joy Bundle with the same layout and features, but in pink tones. Ever since I saw the stamps in this set, I’ve had plans to combine them with the Beautiful World stamp set to create a play on the ‘joy to the world’ theme. You could also do this for ‘peace on earth’.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Once again, the colours are non-traditional Christmas in Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride, with Whisper White and Sahara Sand.

The two tone sentiment is the same technique as well, using Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose ink. I’ve also stamped the globe in Granny Apple Green and edged in Mossy Meadow.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Other products in this card are the Subtle Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies and Basic Pearl Jewels.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

These cards were an option for Social Stamping this term. If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to make some pretty Christmas cards, we’d love to have you join us on a Monday morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe (9.30am start, see here for all the details). We have 2 sessions left for 2020.

I can imagine a ‘peace to you and yours’ using this layout and design style in traditional Christmas colours, but I ran out of time this week to create them! That’s a project for another day!

To see what the rest of my stamping friends have been up to with their Christmas creations, keep hopping. Next up is my lovely friend Elizabeth Gross in QLD. To see the full list of stampers joining me today, click here for the main blog host post.

I hope you have a merry and bright lead up to Christmas! Tis the season to be jolly!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | merry & bright

Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. They started when we first started seeing lockdown in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many months later, various parts of our country, and a large percent of the world are still experiencing significant issues resulting from the virus.

In Western Australia, we look to having a fairly local Christmas as all travel to other states comes with conditions of quarantine and/or COVID testing on return. There’s no international travel (other than applications for exemption for extenuating circumstances) – a state of play that is likely to condition until mid next year – at the earliest. We continue to have the luxury of very few COVID cases in our state and no community transmission for over 6 months. I am grateful for these statistics but also realistic about the hardships people face as they are unable to freely travel.

Thankfully, the one area of travel that hasn’t been restricted is our online gallivanting. We have access to friends and family by internet using Zoom, Skype, Messenger and other video calling. While it will never replace seeing a loved one in person, our access to the rest of the world in the technological space allows for human connection while staying in our bubble – whether that be a home level lockdown or a state level one.

It also gives us access to a world of inspiration for our crafty endeavours. Are you crafting more now than ever before? I’m really enjoying being able to hand craft gifts and cards this Christmas. With the postal system being under considerable strain, the “shop local” and creative gift giving is perfect!

The theme for today’s blog host is ‘merry & bright’. It’s important in what has been a very tough year for many, that we take the time to look for the merry and create the bright this festive season. It may not look like the Christmas we had planned, or the ones that feel familiar to us, but there’s still the option to make it something special.

As always, my wonderful stamping friends have joined me on the hop to share their talents with you for projects that inspire. The full list of participants is below, but each blog should link to the next for easy transition.

Happy hopping!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List | merry & bright

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Elizabeth Gross
  3. Lisa Whitehead
  4. Lou Kitzelman
  5. Julia Quinn
  6. Michelle Strazds
  7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  8. Andrea Sargent
  9. Sandra Collett
  10. Jan McQueen
  11. Sheila Pybus
  12. Denise Buetler
  13. Catherine Creer

Social Stamping | Peaceful Nativity

We’ve been so lucky to be able to run Social Stamping each week in Term 4. There’s quite a few regular ladies who are building up a stash of Christmas cards to send or give this festive season. But, there’s always room for more at the table! Why don’t you join us tomorrow? We’re making 2 more Christmas cards, with a hot drink included for just $13.

We like to provide a range of cards, and take requests if you’d like to see a particular style in the coming weeks. A couple of weeks ago we made this traditionally themed Christmas card using the Peaceful Nativity stamp set from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Peaceful Nativity | kelly kent

The style of this stamp set really lends itself to an interlocking card, which when you add the Pinewood Planks embossed cardstock on each of the front panels, does a good job of recreating a stable-like feel. Haven’t seen my interlocking cards before? Click here for a cute birthday version and here for a sympathy version (and the instructions).

When you slide up the rejoice panel and open it up, it reveals the beautiful stamped imagery on the inside.

Peaceful Nativity | kelly kent

The colours for the nativity scene are Stampin’ Blends in lots of neutral tones – inspired by the colouring in the catalogue. It’s always my go-to when I want guidance on how best to represent the intent of the concept artist. We also stamped and coloured the envelope.

I really love the sentiments in this set. There’s lots of beautiful phrasing you can use inside & outside the card.

The Peaceful Nativity stamp set comes with dies to cut out all the stamped images and extra details, which makes it so easy to add some traditional cards for your family and friends this Christmas. This stamp set, and all the supplies you’ll need can be purchased from my online store. Click here to browse. Click here for the direct link to the Peaceful Nativity bundle.

I’m always happy to answer questions about products (email or Facebook me to request a call), or you can see me in person at Social Stamping tomorrow. 9.30am at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.

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.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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

Social Stamping | A Merry Hello

A very merry hello to you! How’s your Christmas preparation going? With the current pandemic causing significant delays within the postal system, I’m thinking November is going to be the month to get Christmas cards in the mail. Otherwise, they might be a merry happy new year!!!

Luckily, the theme this term for Social Stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe is Christmas. 8 wonderful opportunities to make Christmas card to send to your favourites this festive season. We started last week and almost had a full house!!!

I’ve already shared one of the cards from last week in my Stamp Review Crew post on Monday. You can see it by clicking here.

The second card was inspired from the catalogue. I often use the catalogue to inspire layouts, colours or designs. It’s not just a book of products to buy, it’s a great resource for ways to use your new & previous purchases.

With a change in colour theme and using the Heartwarming Hugs DSP, this is what we made…

Heartwarming Hugs DSP is on special all month and is perfect for all the Christmas crafting you’ll want to do in November.

You’ll find the A Merry Hello stamp set in the Stampin’ Rewards section at the back of the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue. It’s specially priced and an exclusive set you can only purchase with Stampin’ Rewards. Rewards are earned on every order over $250. Click here to start shopping on my online store.

The next Social Stamping class is tomorrow and we’d love to have you join us.

Stamp Review Crew | Wrapped in Christmas

Hello!  It’s another week and another Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I always love Mondays when I get to hop with my international Stampin’ Up! friends.  Today we’re all creating using the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set.

It contains 10 fabulous sentiments that you can use for all your cards this festive season.

My cards today have the same basic layout and design using two of the sentiments from this set.  The first one features the NOEL stamp.  The stitching detail on this stamp is so pretty!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Just Jade, Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock.  I always love an ombre colour palette!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

You might be able to do the background stamping on a Stamparatus – but I just eyeball the position and go for it!  It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be!

If you’re joining me at Social Stamping this morning, this is one of the cards we are making.  If you live in the Bunbury area, we’d love to have you come along and craft with us.  Every Monday morning for the next 8 weeks – 9.30am at Taste of Dalyellup cafe.  All the event details are on my Facebook page.


The other card I’m sharing using the same background stamping technique using the ‘peace on earth’ stamp.

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Rococo Rose, Night of Navy and Smoky Slate.  Another favourite combination of mine!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The ‘peace on earth’ sentiment in the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set also appears in the Peace & Joy bundle.  What a perfect combination!  And for even more amazing coordination, I’ve added in the globe from the World Map Dies.  These products work so well together!


The hop continues for more Christmas inspiration with Cindy Elam

I hope your week is wonderful!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | baby

Hello friends!  It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another Social Stamping blog hop with my wonderful Stampin’ Up! friends.

Today we’re making and sharing baby projects – an ode to the start of spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.  You can see all the details about this theme and the full list of participants by clicking here.

I love stamp sets with a cute baby theme.  There’s a large portion of my retired stash that are baby sets I can’t part with.  For today’s card I wanted to use a set that doesn’t jump out as a “baby set” but has included the pieces needed to create a cute ‘just hatched’ card.

Dino Days | kelly kent

This fold uses a normal card base with the top corner cut off and the front folded back on itself.  When closed it looks like this…

Dino Days | kelly kent

The baby is from the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I am in love with those scripted letters!

Dino Days | kelly kent

The dinosaur, egg and sentiment are from the Dino Days stamp set and Dino Dies.  So cute!

Dino Days | kelly kent

I added some embossing with the Woodlands Embossing Folder on the background panel and the Hammered Metal on the egg.

Dino Days | kelly kent

The DSP for the card is from two different packs.  The yellow is from the Whale of a Time DSP and the jade is from the Flowers for Every Season DSP.  My go-to colours for a neutral baby card are yellow and green, so these colours and patterns worked well.  When I look at the yellow pattern, I see dinosaur scales!

Dino Days | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today.  Next up on the hop is Andrea Sargent – you’re going to love what she’s sharing!  Keep hopping until you get back to where you started.  There’s lots of great projects to see!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  School holidays have just started here and we’re enjoying some family time!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com