CASEing the Catty #186 | Birthday

Hello!  How was your weekend?  Totally fabulous, I hope!

You’re joining the CASEing the Catty Crew tonight for a blog hop featuring projects we were inspired to make after browsing the birthday section of the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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This is possibly my favourite section of the catalogue.  I love birthday sentiments, birthday stamp sets and all things birthday!  For most of us, it’s the most common need for a handmade card.

Today, I have chosen to use this card on page 73 using the 25 Again stamp set.  I don’t own this set – but I’m having a second look!!!  It’s super cute and perfect for colouring!  The wishlist never gets any shorter – does it???

I’ve used the rough layout of the card and transformed it into a Best Route card.  It feels a little like I’m doing this backwards – since last week was the Best Route suite!

Best Route suite | kelly kent

I love this suite – the colours, the patterns, the styling!  My card features everything except the embossing folder.  The DSP on the background layer, the Memories & More card as the top layer, the stamp set, the washi tape and the enamel shapes.

The DSP is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 free promotion in July 2018.

Best Route suite | kelly kent

I’ve adapted the sentiment in the stamp set to add ‘birthday’ (which makes total sense when CASEing the Birthday section!).  You’ll find the birthday in the Darling Label stamp set – which is an exclusive stamp set in the Darling Label Punch Box.

Best Route suite | kelly kent

If you like storing your Memories & More card sets in Wood Mount Cases, here’s the inserts for you to download & print.  It includes inserts for Tea Room, Delightfully Detailed, Best Route & Big Plans Memories & More Card Packs.


Please join us on Facebook – click here to join the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge group.  You can upload your CTC#186 project, see what others are making and get info about each challenge as it goes lives.

And now it’s time for another great project.  Keep hopping and visit the Sandra Collett in NZ!

Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Calling All Direct Sales Superstars…

We all know someone in direct sales, and many of us are customers of this style of home based business.  It’s a wonderful way to shop – and the personal touch of your own consultant is the icing on this shopping experience.

Perhaps, you are the superstar of your own direct sales business?  Do you share your love of candles, soap, stamps, oils, make up, skincare with your family, friends & customers?

There’s lots of us out there – and often what sets us apart from the other consultants of the same type of product, is our customer service.  Our willingness to go the extra mile for our customers, the expert knowledge we have and the presentation of our business.

A thank you card with an order, beautifully packaged samples, a welcome the team, congratulations on a promotion or sending birthday wishes to a customer or team member – these are all special touches that are noticed and appreciated by our customers & team.

It can be costly and not always easy to find options to fit all these needs. But not anymore!

I’m so excited to share this all-inclusive kit with you that Stampin’ Up! have released in their 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue – the Darling Label Punch Box.

You get a stamp set that covers all your needs – birthday, thank you, hello (welcome), best wishes, thinking of you & congratulations.  An easy to use punch that fits all 6 stamps, together with a block & two coloured inks for stamping.  It comes in a gorgeous tin – which is perfect for storing your supplies or using it for gift packaging once you’ve unpacked your kit.

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

The Darling Label All-Inclusive Punch Box is $78. You don’t need much else to be on your way to amazing packaging or super cute cards.

Here are some suggested bundles to get you stamping to meet all your superstar needs.

PACKAGING OPTIONS

Let’s start with two cute ways to package samples & gifts. Your team and customers will be in awe of this next level touch!

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent
Packaging Bundle 1 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Packaging Bundle 2 – click the links below to add to your online cart

CARD OPTIONS

Next up, let’s look at some quick & easy ways to make cards with your kit supplies.

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Card Making Bundle 1 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Card Making Bundle 2 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Make it extra special with these add on products (as pictured in my samples)

Darling Label Kit Extras | kelly kent

Extras – click the links below to add to your online cart


The stamp sets in kits come on a clear plastic sheet.

If you prefer to store the stamp set in a clear case, here’s the printable insert – free to download and print.

Click here to add Clear Mount Stamp Cases to your order.

Printable Clear Case Insert - Darling Label Punch | kelly kent


If you have any questions about using Stampin’ Up! products in combination with your direct sales business, contact me on my Facebook page to arrange a 1:1 consult (Australian residents only, though feel free to contact me if you’re an international direct sales consultant and I can redirect you to a local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator).

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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

 

Clear Case Inserts – Updated for 2018 Colour Revamp

I’m sure you’ve already heard that Stampin’ Up! have totally overhauled their colour range for the 2018-2019 catalogue release.

It’s exciting to see all the colours that will be returning plus new colours that will be joining the range!

A Colour Revamp means we {NEED} new storage!

I love storing my markers and ink refills in the Stampin’ Up! Clear Cases.  Click on the links below to purchase these storage options from my online store.  Each comes in a set of 4.

They stack oh-so-nicely on the shelf, keep everything organised and make it easy to pull out just the colours you need.

These inserts fit the Clear-Mount Stamp Cases for storing your Stampin’ Write Markers.  Each case fits 10 markers – one per colour collection.

Free Printable Inserts for Stampin' Up! Markers | kelly kent

These inserts fit the Half Cases – Wood Mount for storing your Stampin’ Ink Refills.  Each case fits 5 refills – so 2 cases are needed per colour collection.

Download my free, printable inserts by clicking on the links below.

Have fun updating your colour collections.  I intend to add French & German cases to the collection before the end of the month – subscribe to my blog to make sure you don’t miss the post.

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New colours are ordable for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators now (pssttt…. join my Paper Adventures team to include them in your Starter Kit) and will be available for customers to order on 1st June 2018.

To make sure you have all your favourites on the Last Chance (Retirement) list, visit my online store.  Click here to browse

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com.

 

Going Global – Marker & Ink Refill INSERTS in German & French

It was only today that I remarked to a stamping friend – “how did we ever craft without the internet?”.

And with access to so much information on the internet comes globalisation of our stamping circle.  I am pleased to have stamping friends across the world from many different nationalities.

I know that most of my blog visitors each day come from places other than Australia – and this is wonderful!

So, when I got an email from a new stamping friend – Claudia Ausborn – asking if there was a way to modify my marker inserts to her native German, I thought this was a great chance to add another set of inserts to the range.

You can find the current Stampin’ Up! clear case colour collection in English here.

I’m pleased to introduce….

After feedback on previous sets, I’m also trying pdf version of each colour collection, in the hope that this will make it easier to download & print.

They should load by clicking on each picture set below.

I hope you enjoy them!

If you have any issues with downloading them, please get in contact with me.

GERMAN

Clear Case Insert - German | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - German | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - German | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - German | kelly kent

FRENCH

Clear Case Insert - French | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - French | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - French | kelly kent

Clear Case Insert - French | kelly kent

 

 

 

 

 

 

OnStage 2017 – New Colour Reveal!

One of the main highlights of a Stampin’ Up! event is all the sneak peek opportunities.  We saw so many beautiful things on Saturday – including the 2017-2019 In Color range.  You are going to love it!!!

From this morning, all demos have access to view the new colours & annual catalogue online – can you feel the excitement?!

Although I can’t share the inside pages of the catalogue with you unless you join my team, I can share some of the sneak peeks here on my blog.

And I can share the retirement list from the current Annual Catalogue and the Occasions Catalogue!  Click here to see what doesn’t make it to the next catalogue.


Are you ready for the new colours?  These pretties will launch on the 1st June 2017.

Allow me to introduce to you the 5 new beautiful In Colors…

Of course when new colours come out, we’re desperate to see them in action.

Here’s a comparison between the new colours & similar existing colours within the range.

These samples are from my Display Board at OnStage Perth. The card base is a Whisper White notecard.  The sentiments are from the new Eastern Beauty stamp set (available to as a special preview suite on 1st May) and the colour strips are using the new Decorative Ribbon Border punch.

Stampin' Up! 2017 In Color Comparison - Berry Burst | Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

I could have actually done a green comparison too for Tranquil Tide – it’s a transient colour in that the way you perceive it changes based on what colours you match it with!  Cool, hey!


The new colours are just beautiful!  Do you have a favourite?

I always have an instant favourite – Berry Burst and a slow burn…. one I didn’t think I’d love until I started using it.  I wonder which of the other 4 that will be… there’s a little niggle telling me it’s going to be Lemon Lime Twist.  Watch out for some bright and fun creations over the next year!

New colours need more storage, so please download, use and share my marker and ink refill inserts.

To download these files in pdf format, click here.

The individual files are hosted on Dropbox and can be downloaded in jpg format or word document by clicking the links below…

2017 – 2019 Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (printed size: 17.8cm x 14.3cm)

2017 – 2019 Ink Refill Insert (printed size: 16.1cm x 8.3cm)

2017-2019 Marker & Ink Refill Inserts WORD document

If you’d like other colour ranges from previous years, please click here for posts that include more download links.

If you have any issues accessing any of the files, please send me an email so I can help you.

I hope you enjoy these free printable inserts!

If you need to stock up on cases, click on the photos below.


Excited about the new colours???  Stampin’ Up! customers can order the full range of new colours from 1st June 2017.

Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can order from 2nd May 2017.  If you’d like your In Color range sooner and at a discount, then you might like to join my Paper Adventures team.

The Starter Kit is $169 and includes your choice of $235 of products, free shipping and a 20% discount on all purchases while you are a demo!  You’ll also get a free gift from me!

If you’d like the join the new color frenzy, you can find more info here or if you’re ready to purchase your Starter Kit and join Stampin’ Up!, click here.

We’re ready to say hi!!!

Get This Party Started – 2016 In Colors!

Today is the first day of pre-order for demonstrators.  Some lucky crafters already have the 2016-18 In Color range in their hot little hands.

I am waiting {patienty} for my products to be packed, boxed & shipped before they begin their long sloooooowwwwww journey west.  The Nullarbor always seems the longest at pre-order time!

In 2016, we are excited to have Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum joining us.

2016-17 In Colors. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you seen some sneak peak posts showing off these beautiful colours?  I’m looking forward to sharing some with you once I get my very own cardstock, inks, markers & refills.

Until then, I love this set of cards made by Carolina Evans.


Thankfully, I’ve still been able to have a play with the new colours, even if it is in digital form.  Here are the new marker & ink refill inserts for the 2016-18 In Colors…

Free printable inserts for 2016-2018 In Color range - Stampin' Write Markers & Ink Refills. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To download these files in pdf format, click here.

Click on the links below to download each of the inserts individually through Dropbox.  Or, click on the photo above to download both the inserts in a Word document (via Dropbox).

2016-2018 Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (printed size: 17.8cm x 14.3cm)

2016 – 2018 Ink Refill Insert (printed size: 16.1cm x 8.3cm)

You can find inserts from previous years here:

Stampin’ Write Marker Inserts

Ink Refill Inserts

If you have any issues accessing any of the files, please send me an email so I can help you.

The inserts are designed to fit the Stampin’ Up! clear cases.  If you live in Australian and don’t own these already, you can purchase in my online store by following the links below.


Purchase Stampin' Write Marker Inserts or Ink Refill Inserts custom designed for the colors you own. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Although many of you have the full range of markers & ink refills to store in your clear cases, I know not everyone collects or stores by colour family.  So, this year I am trialling custom inserts.

How will it work?  Send me an email with the colour selection you required on each insert – up to 10 markers & 5 ink refills will fit on each design.  I will create your custom insert & email you the digital file once payment is received, which you can then print & use when you store your markers or ink refills.

Payment? Marker inserts will cost $2 and ink refill inserts will cost $1.  Prices are in Australian Dollars.  Once we have finalised your request, I will send a PayPal invoice.  You can expect to receive your files within 48 hours of payment.


Thank you for all the lovely crafters that share the link to these inserts.  Your support is wonderful and inspires me to keep updating the inserts year after year.

Now, to start stalking the postie so I have something to put in my 2016 cases!  Kelly x

PS, some of you have asked about the RGB codes.  Many thanks to Caroline Hallett – you can find them here and also here from Carol Dunstan.

Looking After Your Photopolymer stamps – including DIY Photopolymer Cleaning Cloth

I love the new style of photopolymer stamps that Stampin’ Up! introduced last year (or was it the year before now?  I lose track!).  The quality is amazing, the price is excellent and they stamp as well as clear or wood rubber.  But … they show the signs of use – particularly the not-so-attractive hot pink hue they take on once you start cleaning them.

Here are a few tips that may help with using photopolymer stamps:

  • Always clean your PP stamps straight after use (see below for a great DIY cleaning cloth)
  • Some stampers swear by first stamping in a light colour (ie, Blushing Bride) for the stamp’s first use to reduce the dark ink the stamp takes up in subsequent uses
  • PP stamps WILL stain if you use dark colours – particularly those with red bases (Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobbler), so if you can’t handle the stain, don’t use dark colours!
  • You can use Staz On ink with your PP stamps, but make sure to clean immediately afterwards.  Staz On cleaner can be used but it’s not recommended by Stampin’ Up! If you need to use it, use it straight away and be sure to remove all traces of the cleaner before storing your stamps again.  Other stampers have recommended Hero Arts Ultra Clean as a safe way to clean Staz On ink from photopolymer stamps.
  • PP stamps prefer to be stored away from direct sunlight
  • If your PP stamps lose their ‘sticky’, wash them in warm water & a small amount of gentle dishwashing liquid  & allow to air dry on some clean paper towel.  This will restore them to their usual tacky selves.
  • Mount PP stamps by placing the stamp face down on your work surface and lower the block directly on top.  This will help to keep the intended shape & alignment of your PP stamp before you ink it up.
  • Take PP stamps off your blocks gently and avoid pulling them.  If you’re not careful, you can unwittingly stretch or tear your PP stamps.

I’ve long suspected that the pink staining that is so comment with PP stamps had more to do with cleaning the stamps using the Stampin’ Scrub than the actual ink use itself.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I love my Stampin’ Scrub and will continue to use it religiously for all red rubber stamps (clear & wood sets).  But, for photopolymer, I wanted to share this idea with you from Maggie Mata (Maggie Made Cards).  Maggie uses a PVA car cleaning cloth to clean her PP stamps.  I’ve been trying this for a couple of weeks now and it works a treat.  And I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you!  Thanks Maggie!

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If you’re in America, you can purchase a cleaning cloth from Maggie’s website.  If you’re in Australia (or the rest of the world), try a car supplies store.  You need to buy a “PVA chamois”.

This is Maggie’s how-to video:

 

You may get the same results from using baby wipes, but as a rule, I’m against single use items wherever possible.  These clothes are great in that you can use them continuously for a long period of time and they can be washed and used again. They need to be kept wet to maintain their quality, so ironically, I’m storing mine in a recycled wipes case!

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I’d love to hear from you if you’re using a similar method for cleaning your stamps or if you’ve got any other PP tips.  Thanks again to Maggie for sharing a tip that has rocked my stamping world.  Kelly x

UPDATE – September 2015

Wow!  This post gained some serious Pinterest momentum this month.  What would we do without Pinterest?  Thanks everyone for stopping by.

When I first wrote this post (in an excited flurry after coming across Maggie’s PVA chamois idea), I stored my cloth in an old baby wipes container that I had on hand.  Which means,  I completely missed the obvious choice of storing it in a Stampin’ Up! clear-mount case {strange for me – it’s my go-to storage option!!!}.

I have now made the change and my photopolymer cleaning cloth is now suitably homed in a clear case.  Thanks to Di Barnes & Randi Henry for the storage suggestion.

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There has been some discussion about the using the PVA cloth for more than just cleaning your photopolymer stamps.  Fellow Aussie stampers Cheryl Algie and Wendy Hodkinson have also been using it for cleaning their brayers and inky embossing folders.  Thanks to Cheryl & Wendy for sharing their clever ideas.

As well as the love for the actual hobby, one of the things I love the most about Stampin’ Up! is the sense of community.  It’s always a good feeling to be among people who are as passionate (? crazy) about something as you are.  Kelly x

Stampin’ Storage – Share the Fun in 2015!

Guess what?  My pre-order arrived today which was a very nice welcome after returning home from a long day at work! New products, means new storage!!!  I love things that match! image

Here are the links to the inserts for the DVD cases:

{in case you’ve missed these in the past, the Stampin’ Up! empty cases are the perfect way to store markers and inks}

To download all current clear insert files in pdf format, click here.

2015-2017 In Color Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (correct size for printing = 17.8cm x 14.3cm)

2015-2017 In Colour Ink Refill Insert (correct size for printing = 16.1cm x 8.3cm)

Updated: Looking for 2016 inserts?  Click on the photo below….

Printable Inserts for 2016-2018 In Color range - Stampin' Write Markers & Ink Refills. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


You may also like to download:

2013-2015 In Colour Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (Retired)


You can find the links to download the inserts for other color collections here:

Stampin’ Write Marker Insert

Ink Refill Insert


I hope you enjoy using these as storage solutions for your stamping products.  Be sure to share the links with your friends, customers and other stamping addicts.  Share the fun! If you need storage cases, click on the links below to be magically transported to my online store where you can purchase as much storage style as you need!  Kelly x

Half Cases Wood-Mount Stamp

USE FOR INK REFILLS
$8.95

Clear-Mount Stamp Cases

USE FOR STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKERS
$9.95