Like Gnome Other | “Speechie”

Although I’d love to hang out at the craft table all day (and night) I have two other jobs that keep me busy.  They are both equally as fun and interesting with very different pay rates and job descriptions.  My job as a Mumma to the three Mini Papercrafts pays in love and kisses.  My job as a Speech Pathologist pays in gratitude and the satisfaction of being able to help children communicate.

Last week was Speech Pathology Week – a week of celebrating Speech Pathologists and the workplaces in which they help others.  The theme for 2020 was Communicating with Confidence.  This is me with my fabulous work colleagues in our Speech Pathology Week shirts.

Out Loud Developmental Services | Speech Pathology Team

Approximately 5% of the population have communication difficulties.  Communicating with confidence is vital to enable everyone to participate fully in the social, educational, economic and sporting aspects of community life. We believe that families have the right to access the support and opportunities they need to help their children develop, learn, participate and thrive.  It’s a pleasure to be part of the complex journey a family takes when their child has a communication difficulty.


A couple of weeks ago my love of paper and being a Speech Pathologist collided when a friend needed a card to thank the Speech Pathologist her son had been seeing.  Speech Pathologists, affectionately known as “Speechies” love a good play on words, so gnome pun seemed like the perfect card for the occasion.

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

This card started with the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set – specifically the ‘like gnome other’ phrase.  The base of the card uses the Peek-A-Hoot Dies to create some structure for the other parts of the card – and a window for the cute little gnome house to peek out.  The DSP for this card is from the In Good Taste DSP.

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

The gnome has undergone a transition from Christmas gnome to garden themed gnome with some paper piecing on her hat and coordinating colouring with Stampin’ Blends.

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

The “Speechie” letters are cut from the Playful Alphabet Dies in Misty Moonlight cardstock with Foam Adhesive Sheets for extra impact and lots of Wink of Stella for the sparkle she deserves!

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

If you’re looking for a thank you stamp set for your collection to cover all types of thankful occasions, I really love the Massive Thanks stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

Thank you to all the Speech Pathologists across the world – you are awesome!  If you know a “Speechie”, let them know what a fantastic job they are doing!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Stamp Review Crew | Celebrate Sunflowers

Hello!  Thank for joining us for a Stamp Review Crew hop.  I’m going my friends from around the world as we share projects made using a featured stamp set.  Today it’s the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and coordinating Sunflowers Dies.

My projects for today use the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set together with the Swirly Frames stamp set.  The frames create a great border for the sweet sunflower images.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I first stamped the frame in Basic Gray ink and then used strips of copy paper to mask the edges of the frame and stamped the large sunflower in the middle using Bumblebee ink.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I then layered the framed sunflower with 2020-2022 In Colour DSP (Bumblebee), added a banner (made using the new Banners Pick A Punch).and a white on black heat embossed sentiment with a little fussy cutting.

The second card I made had the same features but used the smaller sunflower, a different layout and more of the 2020-2022 In Colours.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kentTo mask the frame for this card I stamped the frame on copy paper and then cut out the middle with snips.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

It was super difficult to capture in the photo, but I stamped one of the leaf images on the card base and embossed in clear for a subtle background effect.


Thanks for joining us today.  To keep hopping and see more projects made with the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, visit Mary Haugen.  You can see the whole list of participating bloggers at the main Stamp Review Crew post by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week – I hope it’s wonderfully crafty with lots of sunshine & celebrations!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Freshly Brewed Projects | Tags or Labels

Hi!  Thanks for joining me and some of my stamping friends for a Freshly Brewed Projects Hop hosted by the lovely Leonie Schroder.

The theme for this week is “Tags &/or Labels”.  I love a good tag, so I couldn’t resist joining in with this one.  The last Freshly Brewed hop I was able to join in for was the One Sheet Wonder theme – and it has been a constant source of inspiration for me.  You can see the last hop by clicking here.

The tags I am sharing today are made using the stamps, dies, paper and ribbon from the Boho Indigo Product Medley.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

I was on the fence about ordering this suite of products, but boy am I glad I did!  Lets start with the DSP – it’s 48 sheets (8 each of 6 double sided designs, so 12 different patterns) in Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.  I have a real thing about blue at the moment, so this is just perfect for me!  In the past, some of our most popular DSP patterns have been blue based.

Boho Indigo

The kit also contains a complete stamp and die set.  I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box that these are stored in the same way that our usual stamps and dies are (DVD case & plastic pouch) – so they fit right in with the rest of your collection and don’t get forgotten about in a kit box somewhere in the depths of your craft shelf.

And if you haven’t already been spoilt enough with a full pack of DSP, unique stamp set and coordinating dies, you also get 2 rolls of ribbon, embossed cardstock, printed accents (with gold foiling) and paper flowers.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

You can use the supplies in the kit to make everything your heart desires from tags to cards to scrapbooking pages to home decor to packaging.  There’s some great project ideas on page 9 of the catalogue, and of course, Pinterest is full of ideas too.

My tag were made using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch on a 2″ wide strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  They are 3-7/8″ in length, which gives you 12 tags per A4 sheet of cardstock.  I always like to work out the maths on creating tags to get the best combination from a single sheet.  The DSP across the bottom is 3/4″ high by 2″ wide.  I needed 4 strips of DSP (half a sheet of DSP) per sheet of cardstock.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

The vase is cut from Night of Navy cardstock using one of the vase dies.  The branches are stamped in Crumb Cake ink.  I set this up on my Stamparatus for quick & easy stamping on all the tags I made.  It also enabled me to stamp twice, giving me a deeper colour.  The gold ribbon is a gorgeously rustic type of gold – the perfect tone to blend with the richness of the Night of Navy!

Finally, the tags were finished with a thank you sentiment from the stamp set.  I used the tags for the paper share I coordinated for my team with ribbon from the kit.

Here’s a look at the gorgeous ribbons from the Annual Catalogue all bundled up in a Mini Paper Pumpkin Box.  If you haven’t yet spied these in the Annual Catalogue, you’ll want to add them to your next order.  They are a fabulous way to package sweet little gifts including notecards or chocolates!  When made up they are approximately 5-7/8″ x 3-3/4″ x 1″ (14.9 x 9.5 x 2.5cm).  So cute and petite!

Ribbon Share | kelly kent

I hope you find some inspiration on this hop to add a tag or label to your next project.   It’s the perfect solution when you just need a little something!

Next up on the hop is the artistically awesome Kathryn Ruddick

Thanks again to Leonie for hosting.

Participant List:

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

One Sheet Wonder | Playful Cats

One of my favourite activities recently has been cutting a super sweet piece of 6″ x 6″ DSP down into pieces to make 4 cards using a One Sheet Wonder template I designed.  You can see here for the original OSW post.

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Card Mats:

Card A                   1-5/8″ x 5-7/8″

Card B                   3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

Card C                   3-1/4″ x 3-3/6″

Card D                   3-3/6″ x 3-3/6″

Last month I participated in a blog hop with my ESAD friends and used the One Sheet Wonder template to create a series of cute dog themes cards.  I had plans to make a cat set too – and although I made these weeks ago, I’m only just getting around to sharing them now!

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

The colours for this set are Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick (retired) and Basic Gray.

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Grumpy cat is definitely my favourite of this DSP – no sentiment needed!!!

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kentThe Monogram Messages stamp set works well with this theme – C is for CAT 🙂

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

I love the birthday stamp from the Fancy Phrases stamp set, together with the label die from the Hippo & Friends Dies.

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

This cat is just adorable too!  The Playful Pets DSP is perfect for dog & cat lovers – with a beautiful modern style and images that you can cut – or use as a full sheet!

I hope you’ve had some time this weekend to get your craft on!  Short of creative mojo?  Choose a piece of your favourite DSP, cut it up using the template above and whip up 4 cards in no time at all.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

ESAD Blog Hop | 2020 Annual Catalogue

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for another ESAD Blog Hop.

The theme today is 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and it’s going to be a wonderful journey through some new catalogue favourites.  Demonstrators had a period of time to pre-order from a selected list of new catalogue items during May.  From 3rd June, we’ve been able to order from the entire catalogue, so I’m excited to see what people are making with the products they were desperate to get their hands on.

I had a few bundles and accessories which I was super excited to get hold of (see here for my top picks from the catalogue), but there’s always a whole category for me that’s a must have – and that’s the DSP.

Once again the new patterns haven’t disappointed and I’m loving the range of florals, patterns & textiles that we can play with for the next 11 months.  It’s always hard to choose an absolute favourite, but two of the patterns that have most tickled my fancy are the animal designs – Whale of a Time and Playful Pets.  I shared the cute whale and turtle designs on Friday (see here if you missed it).

Today I’m sharing a One Sheet Wonder card set made using Playful Pets DSP.  I wanted a dog theme so the 6″x6″ page is the dog acessories page (bone, paw print, bowl & collar).  I’ve used more of the DSP as embellishments (there’s two pages filled with different types of dogs) – fussy cutting out the cute canines to be the highlight of the cards.

Using the images from DSP as features on cards saves me so much time because the colouring is already perfect!  I just need to spend a little time fussy cutting (which I don’t mind) and it’s all ready to put together.

The cardstock base is Gray Granite (despite looking very much like Crumb Cake in these photos) with Early Espresso mats and Real Red accents.

Here’s a look at each card…

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

I used sentiment stamps from Peaceful Moments (happy birthday), Massive Thanks (thank you) & Forever Fern (hello), leaving the fourth card blank for an all occasion option.

Here’s the template for the One Sheet Wonder (you can see the original post with instructions by clicking here).

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Half of the designs in the Playful Pets pack are cat themed.  Should I make another one sheet wonder for all the cat lovers???  

The reverse side of this pack has awesome black, white & red patterns.  It’s a fabulous mix and ready to create amazing projects!


For more temptation and new catalogue inspiration, keep hopping along.  I’m last on the list, but be sure to click through to my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson if you didn’t start at the beginning.  If there’s any broken links or missing posts, use the full participant list the bottom of this post to navigate through.

Have a marvellous week!!!

Blog participant list

  1. Nicole Wilson
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Libby Dyson
  5. Lauren Meiklejohn
  6. Narelle Fasulo
  7. Jenny Hayward
  8. Maria Henderson
  9. Sharni Haines
  10. Monique Fielder
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Kayla McCreadie
  13. Rebecca Scurr
  14. Bronwyn Eastley
  15. Lynsey McCord
  16. Cathy Pinchbeck
  17. Melissa Gifford
  18. Kelly Kent

One Sheet Wonder Template | 6″ x 6″

Since the introduce of social distancing, our Paper Adventures Team has switched our team meetings to Zoom.  Team members have prepped a project set and completed it in the comfort of their craft room while chatting with others on Zoom.  The first meeting we used the Double Wonder One Sheet Wonder template. Click here to see the cards I made.

Last night’s meeting we chose templates for One Sheet Wonders using 6″ x 6″ DSP.  As always, the team made some amazing cards!  Having had the benefit of using templates by others, I thought I’d create one for this project to share.

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

This template make 4 cards in portrait orientation, but you could definitely alter the template to create them in landscape, or a mix of both.  If you use two 6″ x 6″ pieces of DSP, then you’ll be able to mix & match the pieces and create 8 cards with a variety of patterns.  Your creativity knows no limits!!!

You will need:

  • 1 x 6″x6″ DSP
  • 2 x sheets A4 cardstock cut & scored in half to make 4 card bases
  • 1 x sheet A4 cardstock for DSP mats (approx 7″ x 8-1/4″ – you can also use scraps)

Here’s the cutting template for the DSP

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Cut the DSP into 3 segments by cutting the first panel at 1-1/2″, then the second panel at 3″ (leaving a third panel at 1-1/2″).  Then cut the first panel at 5-7/8″ to create a long strip for card A, the middle panel into one 3″ segment to get a 3″ x 3″ square for card B and then three 1″ strips for card C and finally, cut the end segment into 1-1/2″ squares for card D.

Card Mats:

Card A                   1-5/8″ x 5-7/8″

Card B                   3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

Card C                   3-1/4″ x 3-3/6″

Card D                   3-3/6″ x 3-3/6″

Here’s a close up of each card for the Parisian Blossoms DSP –

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD A
One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD B
One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD C
One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD D

The colours for this set are Gray Granite for the card bases, Basic Gray for the card mats and Petal Pink for the sentiment labels.    I’ve embellished with a touch of retired Powder Pink ribbon, stamps from the Peaceful Moments stamp set and Stitched So Sweetly Dies. The sentiments are heat embossed in white & black.

Like all the One Sheet Wonder templates I’ve used, I found this fun to create pretty cards with minimal fuss (or time!).  This template works well for a DSP with an intricate pattern, so you can let the detail in the DSP stand out as an artwork.  Or use a less detailed DSP and add your own embellishments!

Here’s another set I created using the Lily Impressions DSP.  This pattern from the pack was my favourite!  The colours for this set are Whisper White for the card bases, Blackberry Bliss for the card mats and Coastal Cabana for the sentiment label.  The stamp set is Peaceful Moments in Blackberry Bliss ink or white heat embossing.

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

I’d love to see your creations with this template!

Happy stamping!

Social Stamping Blog Host | Rainbows

Social Stamping Blog Host 11 April Header

Hello! Welcome to week 3 of the Social Stamping Blog Hosts.  You can see week 1 (hello) here and get some history to why this all started!  See week 2 (thank you) here for more amazing projects.

The theme for today’s projects by my stamping friends is “rainbows”. Out of the chaos that is coronavirus, we are seeing many great examples of community spirit. creative togetherness and inventive ways to stay connected.

One of the initiatives that caught my attention was the rainbow trail.  Households and businesses across Australia (and the world) are using rainbows as a symbol to relay the message that “we’re all in this together”, everything is going to be ok, stay safe and many other positive messages to keep spirits up in a time when it can be easy to be overwhelmed.

People are drawing rainbows in chalk on their driveway, painting their fence in rainbow colours, putting rainbow artwork in the windows, decorating lamp posts with rainbow bows and so many more examples.  They are literally filling the world with beautiful colours, sharing their creativity with others and actively working towards connecting with others.

So, out of this, the theme for today’s hop was inspired.  To see more about the Rainbow Trail in Australia, visit this group on Facebook.

I can’t wait for you to see all the bright, fun and colourful creations made by my crafty friends this week.  Don’t forget, these designers are sharing to inspire you, so you are most welcome to copy (CASE) their designs or use them as inspiration for your own creation.

Below is the master list of participants.  Click on the designers below to see their project. Some bloggers may link to the next blog, but to keep things simple, this was an optional requirement.

Participant list | “Rainbows”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Angela Meirtiz-Reid
  3. Vicki Boucher
  4. Chloe Evans
  5. Mandy Depiazzi
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Sharni Haines
  8. Michelle Strazds
  9. Lisa Whitehead
  10. Rebecca Scurr
  11. Elizabeth Gross
  12. Nikki Spencer
  13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  14. Julia Quinn
  15. Lauren Meiklejohn
  16. Andrea Sargent
  17. Sheila Pybus
  18. Peta Stephen
  19. Shannon Kissane
  20. Richelle Fletcher
  21. Narelle Simm

Social Stamping Blog Host | Thank You

Hello! Welcome to week 2 of the Social Stamping Blog Hosts.  You can see week 1 here and get some history to why this all started!

The theme for today’s projects by my stamping friends is “thank you”.  I’ve lived by the mantra that there’s no point just making card, you have to be sending them to make a difference.  I give away almost all of my cards – to friends, as gifts, as donations.  It gives me good motivation to create more.

We are currently seeing a time where the hero status of our community has shifted.  It is no longer sports stars or celebrities who are the most valued in our society, but the everyday hereos that don’t always get the acknowledgement they deserve.  The healthcare staff, cleaners, child care & school educators, retail & hospitality staff, transport & couriers, Centrelink employees, farmers & so many more that we cannot function without.  There are so many ‘essential’ services that keep our society functioning and it’s a nice chance to pause and say ‘thank you’ to each and every person for their contribution.

There might also be someone in your life that has made a difference to your COVID-19 experience.  Perhaps they bought you some toilet paper when you were finding it hard to get to the shops, maybe they called to say hi at a time when the crisis was getting you down or is it someone who is just there for you all the time – pandemic or not.

This week, as you craft in isolation, can you create and send a card to one of these everyday heroes or a person who has made your life better?  To remind them that they are noticed and valued, to give them a little boost in what is a trying time for everyone and to spread some gratitude throughout the world in a time of great stress.

Famous Quotes About Gratitude

You are most welcome to CASE (copy) any of the cards you see today on the blog hop.  These designers are sharing their creations to inspire you and would love for their design to be part of the thank you message.

Below is the master list of participants.  Click on the designers below to see their project. Some bloggers may link to the next blog, but to keep things simple, this was an optional requirement.

Participant list | “Thank You”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Andrea Sargent

Social Stamping | thank you from kelly

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by for the second installment of Social Stamping.  I’m hopping with my stamping friends – so that we can share with you and all stay connected during the global lockdown period.

You can see a full list of all the designers participating in this blog host by clicking here.

The theme today is thank you.  And it’s a big thank you.  One that extends to everyone playing their part in the COVID-19 pandemic.  From the front line heroes who are manning the shops, educating our children or saving the sick, to the at home hereos who are continuing essential businesses while in social isolation or raising their family within the boundaries of their home.  Staying at home at the moment where possible is just as essential as going out to work.  We all have a part to play to move forward from our pandemic state to putting COVID-19 in the history books.

My card was made for a staff member at our local farmer’s market.  She had such a lovely disposition, beautiful words during our checkout chat and made such an impact on me during our short interaction.  It takes all levels of kindness and compassion during this time and she was a wonderful ambassador for the retail industry.  Until now, I’d never considered what a luxury it is to have an endless supply of food with easy access.  I am grateful to still be able to access fresh food and to the people who make this possible.

I could make a hundred of these cards and still not reach out to all the people that deserve them.  But I figure, if we can each spread some gratitude and say thank you to individuals that have made a difference, the ripple effect of this can be profound.

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

My card is a simple layout featuring both pretty DSP and simple stamping.  The Bird Ballad suite is from the Annual Catalogue.  This is current until 1st June 2020, but with supply chain uncertainty it’s possible that some products may sell out before this time and become unorderable.  If you have any favourites, I suggest adding them to an order sooner rather than later.

DSP: Bird Ballad
Stamp Set: Free As A Bird
Punch: Decorative Border Ribbon
Ink: StazOn Saddle Brown, Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso Classic
Colouring: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Blends, Wink of Stella
Colours: Whisper White, Pool Party

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

I almost always colour with Blends now, so it was nice to use the Saddle Brown StazOn ink with watercolour pencils for a softer look.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.  This is my go-to ink option for cards that coordinate with brown tones – it provides excellent coverage and easy stamping.  I love my blacks, but they can be a bit more high maintenance to get a good image on the first stamping.

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

I decorated the inside of this card with as much care as the outside.  I always think that adds a little extra love.  I carried through the DSP strip and then added a 2 layer mat (Pool Party & Whisper White) before embellishing with fussy cut flowers, another sentiment and some pearls.

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

The sentiments from this set couldn’t be more perfect for my thank you card!  And the font is so pretty!!  These flowers are coloured with Blends (stamped with Memento ink).

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

It can seem a little difficult to remember which ink goes with which colouring method, but once you understand that they need to be opposites, it’s much easier.  Stampin’ Blends are alcohol, so they need the water based Memento ink.  StazOn is alcohol based, so it’s suitable for water colouring (such as the Aqua Painter over Watercolour Pencils).

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

One last thank you left – and that’s to all the designers who joined me for this hop and all the crafters who visited.

You can see all the participants via the main blog post (click here) or you can click through to the next blog by Nicole Wilson.

 

Thanks for hopping with us,

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

Hello & thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme today is “CASE the designer” and the designer is Sam Hammond Donald – aka “Pootles” from the UK.  We are touched that she has agreed to join us.  The friendship and kindness within the Stampin’ Up! community is amazing.  Sam is a million dollar earner with a successful blog.  She shares a project every day on her blog including cards & 3D projects. Sam is so generous with her time and talent – thank you Sam!

This is the card Sam made for our hop using Best Dressed DSP & Witty-cisms stamp set.

The team were encouraged to CASE (Copy & Share Everything or Copy & Selectively Edit) Sam’s design and create their own version based on the elements that influenced them.  It might have been the colours, the layout, the styling, the stamp set or the DSP.


I really loved that background and wanted to make it using cardstock rather than the Best Dressed DSP.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

I cut Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink and Purple Posy cardstock into random width strips and adhered them to a Whisper White base.  I then stitched around the outside to create a decorative border.  I really love stitching on cards.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Where Sam used the Witty-cisms stamp set, I’ve added in a favourite flourish of mine – a heart and flower combination and a white heat embossed “thanks” sentiment.

The heart is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, the flowers from Dressed to Impress bundle and ‘thanks’ from the Music From The Heart stamp set.

I’ve carried the flowers through to the middle layer of the card too. They are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy, Pink Pirouette (retired) and Pretty Peacock.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Although I cut the card up to achieve the background, this also works really well for those 1/4″ & 1/2″ strips that end up piling up on our desk when we’re cutting A4 sheets down into mat size.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Thanks to the team for always being so willing to join in the blog hop and to Sam for making it a special one this month.  In a time of certainty, it was lovely to have this sparkling moment in our week.

Next blog on the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons and her pretty creation.

Have a safe and happy weekend.  I’ll be spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and hopefully some self isolation (from the kids!) in the craft room!!!

Participant List