Country Home Birthdays

While the Country Home stamp set was on my table last week for the Paper Adventures Team hop, it jumped out to me as the perfect set to use for the September team birthday cards.  See the card I made for the team hop by clicking here.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

For this card, I used the opposite combination – the jug & other set of flowers.  I love that these pieces have been designed as builder pieces, so you can play around with the combinations.  I’ve set it on a ‘coloured’ doily – but used the reverse side which is white!

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

The absolutely stunning DSP you spy is my Holiday Catalogue favourite – Frosted Floral Specialty.  Every side of this DSP has a shimmer finish for a elegant touch to any card.  The DSP is a lighter weight than usual – making it perfect for delicate projects such as origami and techniques such as ripping.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

Another one of my favourite products from the Holiday Catalogue – that might be flying under the radar a little is the Braided Linen Trim.  It’s quite like the Copper Trim in composition which means you can use it as it comes off the roll, or you can stretch it out for a different look.  I love it!!!  Click here to see it in the online store.


Happy birthday to my September teamies!  Hope your birthdays were amazing.

To find out more about joining Stampin’ Up! and our Paper Adventures team, click here.  We’d love to have more paper & ink enthusiasts enjoy the journey with us.  For personal buying or building a business, our team is a wonderful place to enjoy the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Ready to join?  Click here to choose your Starter Kit.

Have any questions?  Please email me or send me a message on Facebook.


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2018 Holiday Catalogue

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September is here – which means it’s time to enjoy some Christmas, Thanksgiving & Halloween themed products as part of the 2018 Holiday Catalogue launch.

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Click here to view the 2018 Holiday Catalogue online.

Click here to browse the 2018 Holiday Catalogue in the online store.

If you live in Australia and would like a hard copy of the catalogue, please contact me.


There’s lots to love about the new catalogue, but one of the things I was most excited about was 6 new Stampin’ Blends colours!!!

I am loving colouring stamped images with these easy to use alcohol markers.

As your collection of Blends grows, there’s lots of ways to store your Stampin’ Blends.  My favourite is in a clear case (click here to buy online).

Free Printable Inserts for Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Click below to download a free, printable insert for 2018 Holiday Catalogue release of Stampin’ Blends.  

Click here to view the full range of Clear Case Inserts.


If you’re not so confident with using your Blends to achieve gorgeous colouring, then you’ll want to link in with Module 3 of Stamp In Confidence.

Module 3 has been designed by my fabulously talented friend Lou – and it’s all about colouring!!!  Just $6 for 8 tutorial videos with supporting notes.  Lou has so many tips & tricks for excellent colouring with Blends, Watercolor Pencils & Aqua Painters.

Click here to visit the Stamp in Confidence Blog for more information.


I know you’re going to love the 2018 Holiday Catalogue.  I’m having trouble working out what I don’t need!!!

If I can help you with any Holiday Catalogue questions, or with an order, please message me.

My online store is open 24-7 if you know what you’d like and are ready to get started.  Click here to visit.

Happy stamping!

Hand Delivered Books

Stampin’ Up! have released some spectacular host sets in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  They are available for purchase at exclusive prices with your Stampin’ Rewards. Stampin’ Rewards are earned on any order of $250+ (before shipping).  Hold a workshop, combine orders with friends/family or get everything on your wishlist – there’s lots of ways to make it happen!

One of my favourite host sets is Hand Delivered.  It’s a builder set, with interchangeable pieces for a gorgeous lady who holds all kinds of things to make your card fit the theme.

The balloons are great for birthdays, the cake for weddings & engagements and you can add any small sentiment to the sign to make your own theme.

I’ve used the books for a congratulations card for a friend who has finished some further studies.  I have lots more uses in mind for book worm friends, librarian friends, teachers….. a stack of books is just so versatile!

Hand Delivered Books | kelly kent

There’s quite a trend for pocket cards at the moment – lead by my gorgeous friends Jackie Aitken & Bronwyn Eastley.  They are quick & easy to make and offer something different than a standard card.

Hand Delivered Books | kelly kent

To make this card I cut a piece of A4 cardstock to 5-7/8″ (across the 8-1/4″ side) and scored at 3-7/8″ from each long edge.  I then cut diagonally from each bottom corner up towards the scored line.  Fold in and adhere the triangle flaps where they cross over & along the bottom edge.

Hand Delivered Books | kelly kent

We all make cards, but do you send them?  I challenge you to get a card in the mail, someone’s hand or drop it in a letterbox this week.  There’s nothing more special than happy mail!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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July 2018 – A Recap of All the Fun!

There’s so much going on in July with Stampin’ Up!

I’m going to try to summarise it all in this blog post, but be sure to contact me if you have any questions!!!

Designer Series Paper Sale Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Free Ink Pad Assortment

  • Join Stampin’ Up! in July and receive the usual Starter Kit deal – $169 for $235 of products plus free shipping – and get an 10 x ink pad colour collection for free (value $117).  Choose from Brights, Neutrals, Subtles, Regals or In Colors.  Click here to join my Paper Adventures team.

Stampin' Blends

So fun much to be had in July!

Happy stamping,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Enjoy the Little Things Video In Life Video Blog Hop | June – Guest Designer

Hello!  It’s an early blog post today as I have the great pleasure of joining the Enjoy the Little Things in Life Design Team for their June video blog hop.

I’ve been doing a few videos lately as part of my Stamp In Confidence program (read about that here), but it’s still not natural for me to be organised enough to craft and video at the same time!!!

But life is all about challenges and extending ourselves, so I was delighted to say yes to a guest designer role with the Enjoy the Little Things DT.

The theme for this hop is 3D.  The design team has come up with some lovely creations, complete with tutorial videos to help you make your own versions.

I’m so much of a card girl, and don’t often make boxes, bags or other 3D items.

So, for today’s project, I’m combining the two – a card that features an interactive 3D component.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

One of the new bundles in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Love You to PIeces stamp set and coordinating Puzzle Pieces Thinlits.  Such a fun way to create cards for big & little people!

I’ve created a double layer frame for the puzzle to sit in, so once the puzzle is together, it fits snugly onto the card front and looks like it’s part of the card.

But, the pieces can be taken out, mixed up and put back together just like a regular puzzle.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the new embossing mat with the puzzle thinlit to create the background outline to guide the puzzle doer.

There’s so many pretty DSP patterns in the new catalogue that are perfect for this style of card.  This design is Petal Promenade – beautiful photography patterns of flowers on the main side & marble on the reverse.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Watch my tutorial video here to show you the steps for making your own interactive puzzle card.

Materials:

  • Card base: Thick Whisper White – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (10.5cm x 29.7cm), scored at 5-7/8″ (14.8cm)
  • Card mat: Blushing Bride – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (10cm x 14.3cm) x 2
  • DSP: Petal Promenade – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Backing for DSP: Thick Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Mat for Puzzle inlay: Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Scrap of Whisper White
  • Tranquil Tide Ink
  • Shimmer Ribbon – Powder Pink
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, Glue Dots
  • Big Shot & accessories (magnetic platform, cutting plates, embossing mat)

These puzzle cards were so much fun to make (and so easy), I made them in a couple of our other awesome DSP patterns too.

Animal Expedition

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Twinkle Twinkle

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

All of these DSPs plus 7 of their friends are available in July as part of the Buy 3, get one free special.  It’s a great time to stock up!

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today – and thanks for the Enjoy the Little Things DT for having me as a guest designer.

There’s a list of amazing designers taking part in the this video hop.  Click on the cute little blue frog to bring up the list and choose someone else to visit.

To hop in order, you’ll next visit the gorgeous Kim Oliver – click here to see what she’s made.

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Product List – Petal Promenade

Product List – Extra supplies for alternative designs

Stamp Review Crew | Animal Outing

Hello!  It’s a wonderful Stamp Review Crew Hop today -my international Stampin’ Up! friends and I are sharing projects made using Animal Outing.  You’re going to love this hop!!!

This stamp set is part of a bundle with the Animal Friends Thinlits.  It’s also part of a suite with Animal Expedition DSP & other coordinating products.  See the range in the catalogue – page 27, or browse online.

I’m sharing two projects today made with the Animal Outing stamp set.

The first was a team class project where I wanted to share reverse image stamping with my team.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe (and all the animals in in set) are perfect for this technique.  It adds extra dimension to the layout of a card – and means you can have animal friends looking at each other.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

There’s 4 giraffes in the circle – two facing left and two facing right (although one is upside down, so technically three of them are looking right!).  The ones facing right were stamped as normal.  The ones facing left were stamped onto a silicone mat and then transferred onto the cardstock.

Reverse Image Stamping | kelly kent

I’ve tried this technique before with Window Sheet – but you have to be so careful not to smudge the image as you transfer it.  Using the silicone sheet gives a much better image, but you can’t see through for placement – so it’s slightly trickier in that way.  I recommend doing the reverse image first, then lining up your other images.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Although I love the sentiments in the stamp set, the animals go so well with lots of other sentiments. For my quartet of giraffes, I liked the ‘from all of us’ saying from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


For my second card, I wanted to stamp the rhino onto DSP to see the effect.  I love the Animal Expedition DSP (I’ve used that for the gray panel) but had a pink rhino in my head, so went looking through the new DSP – and fell in love with the Tropical Escape DSP Stack.  Oh my, the patterns in this are amazing!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Add some embellishments and we have a cute & girly card.  I like the pink rhino – she’s fun!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

In both cards I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to add open eyes to the animals.  I still need some practice, but I like the effect of the animals looking out from the card.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today for the Stamp Review Crew Animal Outing hop.

Next up is Linda Callahan and her super sweet project –

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Product List – Giraffe

Product List – Rhino

CASEing the Catty #182 | Tea Room

It’s been a blustery weekend here in southwest WA!  Perfect weather for crafting in my pjs but not so good for taking photos for my blog!  What a problem to have!!!

Thanks for joining us for CASEing the Catty #182 as we start our tour through the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue – available now until 3rd June 2019.

We’re CASEing (Copy & Share Everything) the Tea Room suite and following pages of the catalogue.

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One of the things I loved the most as I was flicking through the catalogue was the use of the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles on Linen Thread…

It takes a little while to thread them on (they are so cute & tiny) but it’s worth the effort for the extra wow to adds to a card.

Tranquil Textures Sprinkles | kelly kent

I added them to some Lined Alphabet creations I’ve been making using this amazing stamp set and my Stamparatus.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

Perfect for one card or some Saturday afternoon mass production, the Stamparatus makes lining up the letters a breeze.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

I did every second letter of birthday on the first pass and then the other letters to complete the word on the second pass.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

I then did the same with happy to make my sentiment panel.  It was quick to whip up lots of these which I’ve left uncoloured, ready for when I want to coordinate with a DSP that suits the recipient.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

The happy birthday card was made with the Share What You Love DSP and coloured with Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

The thank you card uses Tranquil Textures DSP with Night of Navy, Pool Party & Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Blends colours!!!  Mint Macaron, Highland Heather, Soft Sea Foam – yes please!!!

We’d love for you to join us at CASEing the Catty.  Head over to Facebook for all the action!  There’s a weekly challenge with weekly winners!

The Tea Room CTC hop continues with Angela Meirtiz-Reid in New Zealand.

Thanks for joining us,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Still Global in 2018 – German & French Clear Case Inserts

Clear Case Inserts - Available in French & German | kelly kent

Many of the European demonstrators I’ve chatted with online have an amazing ability to converse in English, as well as their native language.  Which is lucky, because I am unable to speak another language!!!

Despite their amazing language skills, it’s always nice to have options in your first language, so with the help of a couple of my demonstrator friends, I have been able to translate my 2018 range of Clear Case Inserts into German & French.

Thank you for your help ladies (you know who you are).  Any editing errors are my own.

Click on the links below to download in your preferred language.

All files available on my blog are provided at no cost and are for personal use only.  You are welcome to share a link to this page with your stamping friends & customers.  Please do not upload these files to your own blog, Facebook page/group or any other online source.

STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKERS – Clear Mount Stamp Case

CLASSIC INK REFILLS – Half Wide (Wood) Stamp Case

STAMPIN’ BLENDS – Full Wide (Wood) Stamp Case

Clear cases are available from your local demonstrator.  I am located in Australia and unable to sell to stampers in other countries.

You can find English versions of all the inserts by clicking here (plus a back catalogue of inserts I’ve made in previous years).

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Clear Case Insert 2018 In Color German | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - Stampin' Write Markers German | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - Ink Refill German | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - Stampin' Blends German | kelly kent

Stampin' Blends - Free Printable Insert for storage | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert 2018 In Color French | kelly kent

Stampin' Write Marker Insert - French | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - Ink Refill French | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - Stampin' Blends French | kelly kent

 

CASEing the Catty #179 | Favourite Kit

Sunday again!  Can you believe how fast these weeks roll around???  I’m grateful to have another wonderful week to look forward to (even if 2019 is coming faster than I’m ready for!!!).

Today I’m hopping with the CASEing the Catty Crew, and we are sharing projects inspired by the kits currently available in the Stampin’ Up! range.

It’s catalogue transition time, so most of these kits are soon to be retired.

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Kits are great for all levels of crafters.  For the beginner stamper, they give you the supplies to make cards without having to buy the whole online store!  For experienced stampers, they are the perfect option for taking on holiday, to keep you busy while waiting around at kids sports and because they are just so pretty!

I’m sharing projects made today with the Color Me Happy Kit which was a special release together with the Stampin’ Blends.

This kit is still available in the online store and features supplies to make 4 fabulous card designs (16 cards in total) in conjunction with the Color Me Happy stamp set.

I’ve mixed & matched the pieces from this kit using the style of the bottom left design, the envelope from the top right and the birds from the top left to create a pocket style card.

Color Me Happy - Kit Alternative | kelly kent

The cute stamps in this set are perfect for colouring.  I’ve used Stampin’ Blends (they are my favourite!!!) but any colouring method will work!  Just choose your ink to match your colouring choice (quick tip: alcohol colouring = water based ink; water colouring = alcohol based ink).

Color Me Happy - Kit Alternative | kelly kent

If you think kits are just for putting together the pieces, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to create your own designs by mixing & matching.

Color Me Happy - Kit Alternative | kelly kent


Did I mention how much I love Stampin’ Blends?  They’ve been in unorderable status for a few weeks while Stampin’ Up! catch up on manufacturing to meet our crazy demand.  They’ve be back on 1st June!!!

I’m excited to share that we’ll be getting more Stampin’ Blends colours in the new catalogue! With 11 new colour pairs joining the collection, there will be 22 colours in total plus two skin tones & a colour lifter marker (Pink Pirouette retired with the current catalogue cycle).

Get ready for these special pens to return to ‘orderable’ on 1st June 2018 with some Color Revamp storage.

Free Printable Inserts for Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Download, print & get organised using Wood Mount Clear Cases to store your Stampin’ Blends.  Rainbow storage is totally on trend at the moment, so for 2018/19, your Blends will be stored in colour tones.

Stampin' Blends - Free Printable Insert for storage | kelly kent

If you don’t have the full range, or would like to store in your own unique way, then download the blank template – ready for you to colour your own Stampin’ Blends rainbow.

Stampin' Blends - Free Printable Insert for storage | kelly kent

Need cases?  You can order these now from my online store.  They’ll be here & ready for when you can order your new Stampin’ Blends.

To find the full range of downloadable & printable clear case inserts, click here.

Thanks for joining me and the CASEing the Catty Crew today.  It’s always a pleasure to create along with you.  Join CTC challenge #179 by uploading your kit inspired project to our Facebook group.

And for more kit inspired fabulousness, keep hopping to visit the gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid in Christchurch…

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Kelly’s Stamping Friends – Birthday Blog Hop A

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Hello!  It’s my birthday and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than a blog hop with my fabulous stamping friends.

Actually, I’m feeling very loved on my birthday evening as I hop with two wonderful groups of stamping friends.

This is blog hop A – the first list.  There’s another thread which features blog hop B – the second list (click here to visit).  You don’t want to miss the creations on the other side!!!

There’s no theme for tonight.  Everyone is simply sharing with us something they’ve made that they love.  In this crazy busy life, we sometimes need an excuse just to create for fun, for love and to be creative.

My birthday falls at a wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue cycle.  I get to spoil myself each year with new Stampin’ Up! and call them birthday presents.

The card I am sharing for blog hop A uses some of those birthday presents – Share What You Love DSP, Hand Delivered (Host) stamp set & Lined Alphabet stamp set.

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

This style of card is called a Pop Up Slider Card and I first saw it for my birthday a couple of years ago when Nicole Wilson sent one to me!

The middle panel slides up to reveal a hidden message in the centre.

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

For this card, I added to the birthday message using the Lined Alphabet stamp set messily coloured (to match the style of the DSP) using the Stampin’ Blends.

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

The balloons are also coloured with the Blends.  Currently they are unorderable, but they’ll be back soon with new colours in the collection!!!  I’m excited to get my hands on those!

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

This special card will be going to my birthday buddy – my mother-in-law!

Do you have a birthday buddy?  Someone you share your celebrations with every year?

Many thank you to all my stamping friends who have joined me today to share in my celebrations through this hop!

Next up on hop A is my stamping bestie – Lou Kitzelman.  So happy she’s part of my birthday!

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If you get lost anywhere along the way, or there’s a broken link, there’s a full participant list below – click on any of the links and visit an amazing friend with a fabulous project!!!

Thanks for sharing my birthday with me!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List (A)

  1. Kelly Kent
  2.  Lou Kitzelman
  3. Jenny Hall
  4. Denita Wright-Smee
  5. Jackie Aitken
  6. Narelle Simm
  7. Sandra Collett
  8. Monique Fielder
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  13. Josie Dean
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Kristel Rimmer
  16. Kim Oliver
  17. Denise Buetler
  18. Jacqui Crouch
  19. Tina Gillespie
  20. Jan McQueen