Stamp Review Crew | Petal Palette

Hello Monday – the third Monday of February, which means I’m hopping with the delightful Stamp Review Crew.

This talented group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators hail from all around the world.  This week we’re sharing designs with the super popular stamp set Petal Palette.

Get ready for some amazing designs to inspire you!

My absolute favourite from this stamp set – the one stamp that has been overworked – is the large trio of flowers.

So, that was my first creation…

Petal Palette | kelly kent

I used the no-line watercolouring technique to colour the flowers.

Ink the stamp in a soft colour (I prefer Sahara Sand) and stamp onto scrap to remove most of the colour, then again onto your piece of Whisper White.

Use an Aqua Painter to go over the image lines and shade within the flowers/leaves.

Petal Palette | kelly kent

For my second card, I set myself a challenge to use the other stamps in case 2.

This was the result…

Petal Palette | kelly kent

And I’m so happy with how it turned out!!!

It can be fun outside of the comfort zone!

Petal Palette | kelly kent

My tip for creating outside of your usual style or realm is to keep as much the same as you can.  For this card I chose colours I know I like (yellow, gray, white & black are a favourite combination of mine) and a layout & stamping style I’ve used before.  All I had to do was slide the stamps into the design and we have a card!!!

Petal Palette | kelly kent

If you haven’t added this set to your supplies yet, I bet this blog hop is going to drive it straight to the top of your list!

Keep hopping and visit my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman.

Lou and I have been chatting lots lately while we plan some great projects to share with you in the future.  Watch this space!!!  Click here to visit the Stamp in Confidence blog.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Product List  – card one

Product List – card two

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CASEing the Catty | #165 Sale-A-Bration

Hello Sunday!  And welcome to a CASEing the Catty blog hop, where the design team shares their creative inspirations from the pages of the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.

Today’s theme is Sale-A-Bration…

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You’ll see a range of projects inspired by the samples of the 2018 Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

I loved the ombre effect of the sample at the bottom of this photo on page 17…

So I set about making this feature the centrepiece of my card.  I think the sample used cardstock for their letters.  I created something similar using the Stampin’ Blends and Shimmery White Cardstock.

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

I coloured across the cardstock for this card….

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

Here’s what it looked like before I die cut –

Ombre colouring with Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Colours:

  • Light Pink Pirouette, Dark Pink Pirouette, Light Rich Razzleberry, Dark Rich Razzleberry
  • Light Night of Navy, Dark Night of Navy, Dark Bermuda Bay, Light Bermuda Bay
  • Light Daffodil Delight, Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light Pumpkin Pie

Here’s a close-up of the die cuts.  I backed the cardstock with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets before I ran it through the Big Shot – it makes it so easy to stick them on with no fuss or mess!

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

I coloured down the cardstock to get this style of ombre…

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

Here’s the pre-cut cardstock

Ombre colouring with Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Colours –

  • Dark Pink Pirouette, Light Rich Razzleberry, Dark Rich Razzleberry
  • Light Night of Navy, Light Bermuda Bay, Dark Bermuda Bay
  • Light Daffodil Delight, Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Pumpkin Pie

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

The twine – which started white – was also coloured using Stampin’ Blends by running it under the brush tip along a clear stamping block.  To get a slightly ombre effect, I

The addition of the ink from the blends makes it a bit thicker & more rustic, so I was able to curl the ends slightly using closed scissor blades.

I will never tire of my Blends!!  Have you got yours?  There’s lots of colours but if you add a couple of colours to each order you place, you’ll have a gorgeous set before you know it!


We’re just short of half way through the Sale-A-Bration promotion.  Which means there’s still plenty of time to earn your rewards – and also 4 new items to look forward to very soon.  The second Sale-A-Bration release starts on 16th Feb!!!

Next up for the design crew is Mel Pagano and her super cute Hedgehugs creation….

Thanks for joining us,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Product List

Beautiful Butterfly

There’s so many amazing stamps to love in the new Occasions catalogue.

Click here to download a copy of the catalogue.

Click here to visit my online store & browse on your phone or computer.

A hard copy of the catalogue is available for you – just ask me!


At OnStage back in November 2017, we all received a new stamp set to take home as part of a giveaway called ‘Prize Patrol’.

I got this stunning set called Beautiful Day.

 

It’s a delight to stamp with!  The flower is pretty – but the butterfly…. oh my!!!

Beautiful Butterfly | kelly kent

For this card, I heat embossed the butterfly in gold on vellum and coloured using Rich Razzleberry & Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends to create a stained glass effect.

Beautiful Butterfly | kelly kent

Love this DSP??  Did you see the details of my 2018 Occasions Catalogue Paper Share yesterday? Click here for all the info.

Beautiful Butterfly | kelly kent

These are just some of the gorgeous new products available in the 2018 Occasions catalogue.  I’ll be sharing more each week as I ink up new stamps and cut up new papers!  If you’re local to me, you might like to invite me over to play with my new stamps & paper at your house.  Hosting a workshop for your family & friends is fun and easy!


Have a long wishlist?  Why not join our Paper Adventures team and work your way through it at a beautiful discount of 20%.

To join Stampin’ Up! during January, purchase a Starter Kit for $169.  You fill this with the top $235 from your wishlist, add two more stamp sets (of any value) and get it all delivered free of charge.  Joining gives you a discount of 20% until at least July 2018, access to my online team group and the option to attend the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in April 2017.

It’s a wonderful, risk-free opportunity – join us and see where it takes you!

Click here to join my Paper Adventures team.

Click here for more information about joining Stampin’ Up!

I’m always happy to answer any questions you might have – email me here.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Painted Wreath

How’s your Christmas card prep going?

I’d like to say I’m organised, but Christmas is coming at me so fast…!

I have some designs worked out and some time planned to create!  That’s a good start – yes??

Here’s one of my latest cards using the Painted Harvest flower as a wreath.

 

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I have no idea who to credit the original wreath adaptation to, but what a cool idea!  From sunflower to Christmas wreath!

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I coloured some pearls with the dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend to make textured berries on my wreath.

The wreath is stamped in Pear Pizzazz for the bottom/fuller layer and Garden Green for the top/smaller layer.

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I can’t wait to have my cards made and send some happy around the world.

And I’ll be checking my letterbox for happy mail of my own!  The joys of having stamping friends is knowing you’ll blessed with some handmade goodness.

#makeacardsendacard

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Twice As Nice with Color Me Happy

I’m going to start this post by saying my favourite words when it comes to shopping…

FREE SHIPPING!!!

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That’s right!  For all of today (Sydney time) – midnight until 11.59pm or 9pm Sunday until 8.59pm tonight, Stampin’ Up! is covering the shipping on your order.  You can order online (the host code is: K3RDKZAT) or you can contact me and I’ll place an order on you behalf.

You can add anything to your cart and the final cost will be just your product total.  How awesome is that???

There’s no minimum or maximum spend.   So it’s a great chance to get those things you keep forgetting to order, or go nuts on your wishlist.


If you’re looking for inspiration for things to add to that shopping cart, the Stampin’ Up! world is loving the new Stampin’ Blends. See more info about them in yesterday’s ESAD blog hop.

Today I’m sharing the kit they’ve released to coordinate with the Blends – 16 cards in 4 designs that are perfect for colouring, with deluxe matching envelopes!

The card kit and clear stamp set is only $66.50 (with free shipping today!).

Great value – yes??? Beautiful colours – yes!!!

This is one of my favourite kits ever!  And if something is your favourite, you want to see lots of it – yes?

Stampin’ Up!’s kits are made with premium materials including card bases that are printed all the way across.  Without altering them, this means you get colour on the front & the back of the card.

While this is beautiful, it got me thinking about how I could use the quality of the kit materials to my advantage…

So, I cut the based up, added them with some of the supplies I already have in my stash to create two cards instead of one for each design.  And since you get 4 of each card type, I ended up with 8 of each design and 36 cards in total.

Color Me Happy Kit | kelly kent

Of course, this adds a bit of cost to the overall supplies used – but really, it’s coloured cardstock bases, Whisper White for stamping and some scraps of other coordinating colours.  Essentially, the cards are now twice as economical.  And at just over $2.50 each, they weren’t that expensive to start with anyway!

Color Me Happy Kit | kelly kent

8 of these cards are the square design in the kit, but when I changed up those designs, I added the square card base I’d cut to a full size coloured base – giving me 8 more full size cards.

Color Me Happy Kit | kelly kent

You could make all the cards full size if you didn’t like square cards (but then you wouldn’t get to use the ah-may-zing envelopes!!!).

Color Me Happy Kit | kelly kent

If you’re tempted to add some (or all) of the Stampin’ Blends to your order, or anything else on your wishlist, today is the day!

Free shipping til 8.59pm WA time tonight (11.59pm – EDST / Sydney time).

Visit my online store by clicking here.  The host code is: K3RDKZAT.

Or contact me direct so I can place an order for you.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

ESAD Blog Hop | Stampin’ Blends

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Hello! Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop. To find all out about ESAD – who we are and where to find us, check out the graphic at the end of this post.

Today’s theme is Stampin’ Blends.  These gorgeous alcohol markers are either a new addition to the range or a returning friend – depending on how you look at it.

Stampin’ Up! released a range of alcohol markers a few years ago, but the formulation just wasn’t right.  So, they took them off the market and have spent those year developing an even better product.  You’ve got to love a company that refuses to sell something that simply isn’t the best for their customers!

The Stampin’ Blends are available in 12 colour pairs (light & dark), two skin tones and a colour lifter.  Buy the whole set or stock up a few colours at a time – the choice is yours!!!

My post forms part of a circle of posts, so make sure to keep hitting ‘next’ until you get back to where you started – that way you won’t miss out on a moment of inspiration.

If you’re not sure about whether you need these markers or not, I’m sure this blog hop will show you just how awesome they are.

The versatility of the markers is awesome.  Because they are alcohol based (rather than water based like our Stampin’ Write Markers), you can use them for a range of projects including colour blending on card and adding colour on alternative surfaces.

It’s the adding colour on alternative surfaces that excites me!!!

My share for today is some temporary tattoos I made for the little misses.

Stampin’ Up! doesn’t sell the tattoo paper (you can search for that online).  It was a recent impulse buy.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but then when the Blends came back on the scene, it was the perfect project!

The kids loved making them with me and they look so cute!!!

This is the mermaid from Message in a Bottle stamp set.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Can you sense the excitement at personalised tattoos???

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Of course, tattoo fun must extend to both Miss Papercrafts, so we got to try out a few designs…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas was a little more fussy to cut, but a cute Christmas option…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

We also tried blending the colours – which worked out ok.  Because the tattoo paper surface is glossy, they moved around a lot, but we got some colour variation on the bird from Color Me Happy…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

And finally, a free hand rainbow (this is actually my favourite)!

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Make sure you follow the instructions that come with your tattoo paper, but the basic process for me was….

  1. Stamp the image in Memento Jet Black ink.  Give it some time to dry.
  2. Colour the image using Stampin’ Blends.
  3. Apply the adhesive tattoo transfer sheet.  Press firmly with the Bone Folder.
  4. Trim around the image leaving no border (if possible)
  5. Remove the protective sheet and apply face down onto skin.
  6. Wet the tattoo with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  7. Slide off the backing.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The tattoo designs will either need to be stamped black images that you colour with the Blends or drawn freehand with the Blends as you can’t apply Blends directly to your stamps.

These tattoos are temporary.  Of the four we applied, two had come off within hours (quite a few hours – but they didn’t see the day out).  Two made it through the day, but the colour faded and the edges lifted.  This was amazing considering they lasted through sunscreen, sweat, two showers and a swim in the pool!

I actually don’t see the short term nature of the tattoos as a problem.  They are a great option for an occasion or special event without being left with a fading tattoo for the days or weeks afterward!  If you do want to remove them, they easily come off with some Isocol (rubbing alcohol).


Thank you so much for joining me for this blog hop.

Please keep hopping and visit the lovely Barbara Williams

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If you get lost along the way, there’s a full participant list at the end of this post.

For information on supplies, please check the list of products I used.  All supplies can be purchased from your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  If your wishlist has grown as a result of this hop, you’ll be excited to know that Stampin’ Up! is covered the shipping on all orders from midnight Sydney time tonight until 11.59pm (8.59pm WA time).  What a perfect time to order those Blends!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List:

  1. Libby Dyson
  2. Rachael Lewsley
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Nerida Carter
  6. Jessie Holton
  7. Kristel Rimmer
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Amity Knight
  11. Maree McIntosh
  12. Leonie Schroder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Fi Cobbin

Stampin’ Blends…

Other products used…

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Stampin’ Blends – Available Now!

Can you hear the buzz around crafting land???

Stampin’ Up! have been working tirelessly over the last couple of years to reformulate and bring back a range of alcohol markers!

I’m excited to share that starting today, you can now order Stampin’ Blends in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours plus 2 skin tone/neutrals (Bronze & Ivory).  This means they match all the favourite products you already own!!!

Watch the video below for more information on Stampin’ Blends.

One of the perks of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family is to be able to order products before they hit the online store.

We’ve been playing with these gorgeous markers during classes in October and the feedback is wonderful.  My team are saying how easy to use they are, how beautifully they glide on, how much they love the colours and have either bought the set or are planning on how what order they’ll build their supplies.

The markers are available in single colours, in colour set duos and as a set of 27 (12 colour families, plus two skin tone markers & the Colour Lifter).

There’s also a new stamp set (Colour Me Happy) and project kit available as part of the Blends launch.  Click here to see the flyer with all the details.


I bet you’re curious to see the results of our play time!

I’ve already shared a couple of projects with you.  You can see the lantern card I made for our team swap here.

And the Blends in action with the Home for Christmas stamp set by clicking here.

My newest card to share with you uses the Just Add Color DSP (which is like sheets of an adult colouring book!!!).

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

I’ve cut the card front into three strips, and only coloured the middle panel.

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

This is a much more manageable way to practice colouring (and is a cool spotlight effect).

For this card, we practiced mixing colours – the light & dark of the Old Olive set and the light & dark of the Crumb Cake set.

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

The Just Add Color DSP has 6 different designs!  That’s a lot of colouring practice!

Images © Stampin' Up!

If you’d like to order some Stampin’ Blends and start some colouring therapy, visit my online store for access to the full stock!

You might only start with a couple of colours, but I bet you’ll be back for more!  They are addictive!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Ready For Christmas with Stampin’ Blends

Stampin’ Blends are a new design alcohol marker available to purchase from 1st November 2017.  They are so easy to use – the colour just floats on!

We’ve been having fun using them at classes this month – paired with the Ready for Christmas bundle.

These outlined images are perfect for colouring!  And with a variety of stamps to create your own Christmas scene, the options are endless!

We used the staircase & tree stamp for this card….

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

As well as colouring the presents & staircase, the new Blends are fantastic for colouring pearls.

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

I’m still a beginner when it comes to alcohol markers, but these truly are a dream to use!

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

The second card uses the super cute Daschund puppy from the stamp set – cute but mischievous!

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

I wouldn’t be far from the truth if I told you I mostly bought this stamp set for the Daschund!!!

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

I love mixing & matching my Stampin’ Up! supplies.  For this card, we used the Petal Garden DSP – not intended for Christmas but a gorgeous background for this card.

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

If you still need any supplies to create your own handmade Christmas cards this year – from inclusive kits to paper, stamps & ink, visit my online store for the full Stampin’ Up! range.

If you’d like to host a class in your home, or join in with one of the classes I run from my home, please let me know!

I’m always on the lookout for new stamping friends.  Handmade is the best kind of love to give!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Favourites

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Hey there!!  Thanks for joining our Paper Adventures team blog hop for October!

The theme for this hop is ‘favourites’.  I wanted the team to share some of their style and personality with you – so keep hopping to learn more about what makes stamping fun for them!

If you haven’t started here, then you may have hopped over from our guest designer – Angela Meiritz-Reid.  She is every bit as gorgeous in person as she is online and we are delighted she agreed to hop with us today.

Next up is the host with the most – Siobhan Fitzsimmons!  Click on ‘next’ at the end of the post to see her favourites!


Siobhan hosted us at her beautiful homestead in the Perth hills on Sunday.

We turned our regular team meeting into a whole day retreat.  It was a wonderful luxury to share craft time with an amazing group of ladies.

The creative part of the day was filled by shoebox swaps.  Every team member designed a project and brought everything they needed to complete the card – all in a small box.

The cards were beautiful, with a gorgeous variety.  You might see some of them tonight!

Here’s an action shot of the shoebox swaps.  Thanks to Siobhan for the excellent photography!

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop October | kelly kent

This is what my swap looked like all packed into the box…

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop October | kelly kent

And once it was made…

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

So, my favourite???

It’s new things!  There’s nothing more exciting to me than the privilege of owning new stamps, ink, paper & tools!

My card features two new products  – Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) and a cute new stamp set called Colour Me Happy.

Here’s my beautiful markers….

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

They are an absolute dream to colour with!  The easiest alcohol markers you’ll ever use.  And they match our existing colour range!!

My card features three of the marker duos – Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight & Pool Party.

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Demonstrators were lucky enough to have a special ordering period for the new Stampin – available for everyone to order.  If new things are your favourite too and you’d like to be able to order first (and at a discount!), you should join our Paper Adventures team. Click here for more info!

If being a demonstrator isn’t for you just now, the Stampin’ Blends will be available to purchase on 1st November 2017.

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

With 3 catalogues a year plus limited edition releases, there’s never shortage of new favourite products to own!!!

Next up on the journey of favourites is Siobhan Fitzsimmons – she has a favourites list as long as mine, so I can’t wait for her to narrow down just one favourite to blog about!!!

Thanks to my amazing team, and our fabulous guest designer, Angela, for sharing their favourites!  I always love seeing what others are swooning over!

I know my wish list will grow seeing all the fantastic projects!!!

Luckily, there’s always a stamping order just around the corner in my house!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

 

Participant List:

Angela Meiritz-Reid (guest designer)