Hello Ladybug | FMS#307

I was shopping during the week and saw a super cute singlet that reminded me of a gorgeous friend of mine.

And of course, a super cute spontaneous present needs a matching handmade card.

It’s been a while since I’ve made anything using punch art – so this was fun!

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

The overall card design was inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketch.

It should have finished last week – but a technical glitch means they’ve kept it open – lucky for me!


Red, white & black is always a great colour combination.

I added in a touch of silver to brighten it up.

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

The bugs are made using the 3/4″ circle punch, shapes from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch & the small leaf shape from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.

Make your own ladybug:

Antenna – small leaf with all but top circle cut away from the stem

Head – largest circle from Cookie Cutter

Body (top) – 3/4″ circle cut in half & separated slightly

Body (bottom) – 3/4″ circle trimmed at top edge so it’s not visible

Dots – smallest circle from Cookie Cutter

Here’s another little bug hanging out on the inside…

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

And here’s a picture of the card with the inspirational gift…

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

In a week filled with some bad news stories & terrible world events, let’s flood our personal spheres with kindness!

Send a pretty card, help someone out & smile often.  Bring out your best!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Slider cards are always a good option if you want a card with ‘wow’ factor.

Everyone loves moving parts – especially the young and young at heart!

The mechanism for every slider card is the same – create a track using a punch or framelits, make a sliding component and add a shape to the top.

I was using coins for my slider component until a child tore apart my handmade card to get to the coins…. so I’ve swapped to washers!!!

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My Tuesday class asked to make a slider card last month so they could see all the steps of putting it together.

With Christmas on the agenda, it seemed like a good idea to put the Seasonal Chums stamp set & framelits to work!

Snowman Slider | kelly kent

Seasonal chums are great because they have a matching framelit!  Simpy snip around the snowman’s hat where the tag was designed to fold – such an easy shape!!!

The other stamp set you see is the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.

As well as being the coordinating stamp set for the the amazing Watercolour Christmas Project Kit, this set is just perfect for cards.

It has large sentiments in a cute font and some fun coordinating images.

The DSP for the slider track is the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP.  I’ve reinforced it with a layer of Whisper White cardstock to make sure it holds up to all that sliding fun.


The slider track for this card is made using the Classic Label Punch.

I punched the entire shape at each edge (lining up the outer edge of the punch with the edge of the cardstock) and then joined the two shapes by punching again in the middle.

This is a close up of the ‘slider sandwich’…

Slider Card Mechanism | kelly kent

And another view of the card…

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I love these soft colours!!

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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Naturally Eclectic

Hi there!  Welcome to another Stamping Sunday blog hop.

We are a group of international demonstrators invited by Sara Levin to hop with her on the 4th Sunday of each month.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.



You are currently hopping with Kelly Kent from Bunbury, in the south west of Australia.

Each hop has a theme, and I’m delighted that this month it’s all about the Naturally Eclectic Suite from the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! ® Annual Catalogue.

This is probably one of my favourite product lines from the catalogue!

I love the colours, patterns and styling of this suite.  It’s perfect for layering!!!

Naturally Eclectic Suite…

 


For this hop, to show off my favourite elements of the suite (which is all of it!), I made a ‘missing you’ card and birthday bon-bons.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

Here’s both projects in more detail (warning: lots of photos today!)…

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

The stand out winner for me in this suite is the lattice die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  It’s very pretty and wonderfully versatile.

I have used it in the card to create a window for the shaker element (it doesn’t have a solid outline, so it creates a great window), to create the shaker confetti and as a background element on the card base!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

The Eclectic Layers Thinlits are fabulous.  Several of the pieces are designed to only emboss (not cut) – which adds great variety to the die set.

The heart die is one the embossing patterns.  I’ve embossed it on Berry Burst and Dapper Denim and then snipped around the shape with scissors.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

There’s 4 sweet sentiments in the Oh So Eclectic stamp set.  I’ve stamped the ‘missing you’ but cut it into single words before adhering it over my hearts.


The other 3 sentiments (“you’re so lovely”, “oh, hello friend” & “I like you”) were perfect for these bon-bons (crackers) I made with my envelope punch board using the gorgeous Naturally Eclectic DSP.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

I finished the ends with the new Crinkled Ribbon – it’s so soft and ties beautifully!!!

Each bon-bon has a body wash from The Body Shop.  You could fill with other small treats, but I often give these away as birthday gifts, so have designed the measurements to fit!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

Making another appearance is the lattice die, so the recipient can see what’s inside their gift without breaking it open!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

And each bon-bon is embellished with the flower & leaf die cuts, with a stamped flower sentiment.

The cardstock packs that are available to coordinate with each DSP pattern are a great way for stampers to build up their paper stock – and have the colours they need to match each DSP!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

To make your own bon-bons (for birthdays, Christmas or other occasions where you need cute packaging!):

  • Cut a piece of DSP at 8″ x 6″
  • Score (going down the long edge, across the short edge) at 1-3/8″, 2-3/4″, 4-1/8″ & 5-1/8″
  • Fold along the first score line and insert into the Envelope Punch Board at 1-3/4″ and punch
  • Repeat for all score lines (fold, punch) and finally without any folding on the edge
  • Do the same for each score line, 1-3/4″ from the other edge
  • If you want the peekaboo window, cut with the lattice die
  • Adhere along the 1/2″ strip to create a box shape
  • Finish with ribbon on each end & embellishments on top

I took quick photos of a template to show you how it folds into the EPB…

Bon Bon Template | kelly kent

and what it should look like before you stick it together (this is without the peekaboo window).

Bon Bon Template | kelly kent


Thank you for hopping with me today.  If you’re following in order, the next stop is the gorgeous Danielle Bennenk in the Netherlands!

Click on the cute blue frog for the complete blog hop list.  You can hop through the order, or choose as it suits you!


No matter where you visit, you won’t be disappointed with the amazing range of projects created by the Stamping Sunday Design Team!

I hope you enjoy the last moments of your weekend!

I’m in the middle of another great book (this one by Australian author Fiona Palmer), so it’s a cosy corner with a cup of tea and more Australian romance for me!

Oo-LaLa! Kissing Technique!

In my final technique blog post based on the cards we made in last week’s class, I’m sharing an oldie-but-a-goodie…

The Kissing Technique

Everyone likes kissing – right?  And we {love} stamps… so this must be amazing!

Kissing stamps involves pressing them together before you stamp them on your project.  This leaves the imprint of one stamp on the other, creating a pattern or colour change within the main stamp.

Kissing Technique | kelly kent

For this card, we inked up the Stylized Birthday stamp in Smoky slate and the cross-hatched stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set in Real Red.  We ‘kissed’ the birthday stamp onto the background stamp, transferring the red ink to the Happy Birthday sentiment.  Then we stamped onto our cardstock.

Kissing Technique | kelly kent

This technique is great in that each project ends up with a slightly different finish!

And different colour combinations will achieve a different look.

Have a play – it’s a great experiment in trial and error!


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Beautiful You – Reflection Technique

This is another card from my technique class last week.

One of my favourite presentations from the Brisbane OnStage event last year was Jackie Noble’s Beautiful You presentation.

This stamp set lends itself to so many amazing techniques including paper piecing, masking and the reflection technique.

We used it in class to try out the reflection technique. It’s so pretty – and like many techniques, easy when you know how!

Beautiful You - Reflection Technique | kelly kent

The reflection really makes it look like she’s dancing along the water!

The how-to:

  • Stamp the lady – I used Memento Black on Shimmery White
  • Stamp her again on a piece of Window Sheet
  • With the ink on the underside of the Window Sheet, line up the puddle & press onto the cardstock to create a reflection stamped image. It will probably be a little blurry – just like a reflection in a puddle.
  • Colour the lady’s dress in Daffodil Delight with an Aqua Painter and the puddle in Pool Party.
  • Using only a very dilute amount of ink, colour the reflection image. It should be much lighter than your main image.

Beautiful You - Reflection Technique | kelly kent

I added in a few more techniques for this card – simple touches that add extra interest.  I’ve sponged the doily so it matches my colour scheme and I’ve stamped my sentiment directly onto my DSP.

As we near the end of this catalogue and look forward to a new one, I’m using lots of my beautiful DSP.  I need to make room for more!!


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Colour INKspiration #03

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Good afternoon!  If you’re reading this as I post it, I’m out on a birthday experience with Miss Papercraft.

She’s 6 next week and part of her birthday present is a mermaid photo session with Busselton Mermaids!

So, when I saw the timing of this week’s Colour INKspiration challenge, I knew it was perfect timing to share a little project I’ve been working on.

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Late last year for a birthday card, I created a mermaid using the Fox Builder punch!

Crazy I know – but the pieces work.  And a Punch Art Picture Tutorial has been {LONG} overdue!!!

Here’s Miss Mermaid…

Colour INKspiration #03 - Mermaid Punch Art Tutorial. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And this is what she looks like on her birthday card…

Colour INKspiration #03 - Mermaid Punch Art Tutorial. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Here’s my mermaid…

Photo courtesy of Busselton Mermaids.

Want to make your own mermaid?

These are the pieces you’ll need…

Mermaid Punch Art Picture Tutorial using Fox Builder Punch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m so excited to see your mermaid creations!  Please share with me on Facebook or via email.

I take the time to make these tutorials so that you can use them for your crafting pleasure!

(And so I can remember how to make a mermaid for next time!!!)

Next up on the Colour INKspiration is the lovely Simone Bartrum.

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Thanks for visiting & sharing in what we do!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Occasions & Sale-A-Bration

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Good afternoon!

Today you’ve joined me for another ESAD blog hop!  Thanks for stopping by!

This hop is all about the new catalogues that launched on Wednesday – Occasions & Sale-A-Bration 2017.

Prepare for your wishlist to grow, to be excited about things you didn’t notice the first time and fall in love all over again with your favourites.

If you’re already on your way hopping, did you love what the fabulous Monique made???  If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to keep hopping til you get back here – that’s a full loop.

There’s a few of us on this hop & so much talent!.   So, settle in with a cuppa or wine and enjoy the inspiration as you travel around Australia and New Zealand looking at all the amazing creations.

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My project has been swirling around in my head for the past couple of weeks after my Mum made a great banner card as a display for Christmas.  She CASEd Julie Kettlewell’s Christmas Concertina card.  Thanks to Julie for her youtube video – I used this as the starting point for my measurements.

As this idea grew in my mind, I decided I wanted it to be more of a display keepsake than a one off card – and I had the perfect little lady to make it for, who turns 6 this month.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How perfect is the Cupcakes & Carousels Suite from the Occasions Catalogue for all things girly???

I overlayed vellum on top of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP to create some additional texture.  I thought about using all the same DSP for this design – but actually love the eclectic look of having the DSP sampler across the card.  Besides – how would you choose just one of those gorgeous designs???

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To finish it all off, I added lace trim from the So Detailed Thinlits – perfectly pretty!!!

Because of the fold pattern, the card easily folds into a little pocket and can be held closed with some pretty Very Vanilla Satin ribbon.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To make this Carousel Concertina Card, I cut several pieces of Sahara Sand cardstock:

  • 2 of 10-1/4″ x 4″ (A)
  • 1 of 10″ x 4″ (B)
  • 2 of 3-5/8″ x 4″ (C)

The two larger pieces (A) were scored in landscape (long edge) at 2-1/2″. 5″, 7-1/2″ & 10″.

Piece B was scored in landscape at 2-1/2″. 5″, 7-1/2″ & 10″.

These 3 pieces were then joined to create one large concertina piece with piece A (1/4″ tab to the left), then piece B overlapping on top and then piece A (1/4″ tab to the right) with the left edge under piece B.  You need to adhere the pieces together with glue or tape – crossing over a whole panel at each edge of piece B.  Julie’s video does a great job of showing this!

To finish the edges cut the floral So Detailed thinlit from each of the C size cardstock pieces.  You’ll need to trim the edges (the die is bigger than needed) to get the finished shape.  Cut off the ragged edges into rounded flower petals.

Adhere the edge created by the die to the tab at the left & right edge of your concertina card.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Since this is home decor and not a greeting card, I needed to make a coordinating birthday card for the birthday girl.

I drew elements from the concertina card including the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP, gold embossing & carousel horsey.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Cupcakes & Carousels. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The finishing touches for the card were a birthday sentiment and a trio of sequins!

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What a perfect gift set!!!  I can myself making a few of these for all the birthday princesses we have throughout the year.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Next stop on the Occasions & SAB 2017 ESAD Blog Hop is my stamping buddy – Nicole Wilson, who is also here on the west coast.  Have fun for a bit longer here in sunny WA!

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Thanks for sharing in the excitement of the new catalogue with me!   At the bottom of this post there’s a full list of participants (just in case of any broken links) and a product link up in case you know any little princesses who *need* some cupcakes & carousels in their life!

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BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:

  1. Rebecca Jacovou
  2. Leonie Schroder
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Monique Fielder
  5. Kelly Kent – you are here
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Peta Stephen
  8. Rachael Lewsley
  9. Samantha White
  10. Josie Dean
  11. Cheryl Algie
  12. Libby Dyson
  13. Andrea Buckland
  14. Cheryl O’Bree
  15. Nerida Carter
  16. Cathy Pinchbeck
  17. Megan Lenske
  18. Tanya DeRoy
  19. Maree McIntosh
  20. Juan Ambida

CASEing the Catty #103 Ronald McDonald House Charities


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Hello!  I’m writing to you today from the East Coast!!!

That’s right – we’re living it up in Brisbane on a stamping/family holiday!!! I LOVE Brisbane & could happily live here!!!


This week for CTC, we’re sharing creations inspired by the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) stamp set.

Images © Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! is a long time supporter of RMHC and every year they have a dedicated charity set, where $3 of sales profits go to RMHC.

This year it’s called “My Hero” and you can find it on the inside back cover page (pg 209) of the Annual Catalogue.

It’s an all occasions stamp set with a great variety!!!


Here’s the catalogue samples – not many this week, so I can’t wait to see how the crew each put their own spin it!

Images © Stampin' Up!

I’ve chosen to re-imagine the ‘under the weather’ umbrella card as a get well gift.

It fits a packet of tissues & small sanitiser – just in time for all those spring sniffles!

CASEing the Catty #102 - Get Well Gift Box. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


It took me a few trial runs to get the measurements right, but here they are!

Click on the picture to make it bigger.

Get Well Gift Box Measurements. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Instructions:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 8″ x 8″
  • Along one side, score at 2-1/4″, 3-3/4″, 6″ & 7-1/2″
  • Along the other side, score at 3-1/4″ (but don’t go past the left score line), 6″ & 7-1/2″
  • Cut away the unneeded pieces as per the shading on the diagram & make tabs where indicated
  • Fold into a box shape & adhere the tabs to the inside of the box.
  • Decorate as desired & fill.

PS, the 3-1/4″ marking on the left panel of the instructions may be slightly confusing (whoops!).  This reflects where the score line goes.  The actual panel measures 6″ in height.  You can make this smaller if you want to to line up with the top of the tissues.


Thanks for joining me today.  If you’re loving what you’ve seen at CASEing the Catty, please join our monthly challenge by clicking on the link below.

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Make sure you keep hopping too, so you can see the other projects inspired by this great stamp set!

The previous blog is the lovely Julia or click on next to see Rachel’s beautiful work.

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Birthday Sparkle – My Little Pony

When you’re turning 5, it’s usually about sparkle & favourite characters.

This card has it all – plenty of sparkly and a My Little Pony punch art creation…

Twilight Sparkle!

My Little Pony - Twilight Sparkle using Stampin' Up! punches & dies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I’ve been avoiding putting together a punch art MLP – because the ‘horse’ factor is tricky!  All the pony & horse cards I’ve done in the past have been Cameo helped.

But, while I’ve been playing with the Santa’s Sleigh thinlits, it struck me that the reindeer could be transformed into a pony with the help of a few builder punches!

My Little Pony - Twilight Sparkle using Stampin' Up! punches & dies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was a lot of trial & error but I think this is the end formula…

Body – reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh
Head – fox punch with face snipped slimmer
Hair – fox punch
Wings – blossom builder punch
Eyes – owl builder (white) & sprinkles punch (black)
Horn – sprinkles punch
Star – sprinkles punch


I’m not 100% happy but it’s tricky to get the ‘Disney’ oval eye effect when working with the punches we currently have.

I’d love a die set (or a punch) full of facial features – eyes, nose accents, mouths, pixie ears!  Oh the fun I could have!!!

I hope you’ve loved this MLP creation – it was fun to get back to some punch art messiness.  You should see the “craftermath” here!!!!

Please feel free to CASE or copy the design and make your own sparkly pony!

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Timeout Tuesday – Shaving Foam Technique

It was time for my monthly class this morning and we made this gorgeous card using the shaving foam technique.

Shaving Foam Technique - Christmas : Wonderful Year stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you tried it?

Tips:

  • Shimmery White cardstock works the best for this technique
  • any shaving foam will do – it doesn’t have to be expensive
  • add drops of each colour of reinker to your shaving foam and create a swirly pattern with a knife or skewer
  • ‘smoosh’ (that’s the technical term) your cardstock on top of your shaving foam mix
  • remove & wipe off the excess with a squeegee
  • all to dry before adding to your card

I’ve embellished with copper foil & embossing.

I {LOVE} the boldness of the sentiments from the “Wonderful Year” stamp set.

Shaving Foam Technique - Christmas : Wonderful Year stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hope you get a chance to try this fun technique.

It works with pretty much any colour combination – and the best part is the experimentation!  You will never get the same pattern – even from the same shaving foam / ink set.

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