TGIF – Emboss Resist Challenge

Good afternoon!  Here is Bunbury, Western Australia it’s cold & wet.  Perfect weather for crafting!!!

While scrolling through Facebook, I saw this gorgeous card by Chloe Evans.  So pretty & inspiring!!

I’m so pleased to be able to call Chloe a friend of mine!!   We both contribute to several shared design teams, and also to some other ones.

One of Chloe’s DT roles is with TGIF – a challenge I’ve often admired, but never jumped in to join the fun!

This week I am!!!  The theme for TGIF#118 is Emboss Resist – a technique I love!

I’ve combined it with another technique I’m currently in love with – ink “smooshing” (or smooching).

This has been floating around for a while and I wish I was quicker on the uptake (we know I’m not though!!!) – because it’s the easiest and most effective watercolouring I’ve ever done.

And for someone that’s had more watercolour fails than successes along the way, it’s like finding an inky oasis in the desert!!!

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

To get the emboss resist effect, I stamped the trio of stars on the background of Shimmery White cardstock in Versamark, the embossed in clear.  This meant I could “smoosh” as much ink on as I wanted and it wouldn’t take the colour in those places.

There’s lots of tutorials on smooshing – I loved this one by another stamping friend, Jenny Hall.

If you’re adding more than one colour, you need to make sure to allow dry time (or for the impatient crafter like me, help it along with the low setting on your heat tool) between each colour, or they’ll run into each other and ruin your effect!

For this project I used Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise & Dapper Denim.

Lots of plastic surfaces work to transfer the ink, but cello bags were a great option for me!

Ink Smooshing | kelly kent

 

This photo of the star centrepiece also shows up the smooshing colour variation and the embossed stars.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

I didn’t purposely set out to make a Christmas card for this challenge, but the last weekend in July seems like a fitting time for one final Christmas in July card!

I do love the Star of Light stamp set – and I’m so glad it appeared in the Annual Catalogue.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent


If you’re ready for some new Christmas stamps, you are going to {LOVE} the upcoming Holiday Catalogues.  Demonstrators got a sneak peak during the week – and there’s lots of excitement!!!

If you can’t wait til September to see & buy Christmas stamps, you might want to take advantage of the July joining special and join my Paper Adventures team.

The cost for your amazing Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit is $169.  This will land on your doorstep (with free shipping):

  • $235 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products
  • $187 of Christmas in July extras (snips, blocks, adhesive, grid paper, bone folder & Carols of Christmas stamp set)
  • a pack of Stampin’ Up! extras including some catalogues & order forms (just in case you want them – no need to sell to anyone other than yourself if that’s what you choose)

You’ll also get:

  • immediate access to the online version of the upcoming Holiday Catalogue
  • option to pre-order Holiday Catalogue items as of 1st August
  • 20% discount on anything you buy, or 20% commission on any orders you take
  • access to our Paper Adventures Facebook team page, plus invites to participate in team meetings, blog hops & challenges
  • the opportunity to stay as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator until {at least} January 31, 2018.

If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or joining this great company, please get in touch with me so I can provide the answers!

There’s never a bad time to join Stampin’ Up!, but if you want all the extras that are included for Christmas in July, you have just over 2 days to join.

Ready to go?  Click here to join using the online portal.

I’d love to welcome you to our Stampin’ Up! team!  It’ll be such a wonderful experience, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

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Stamp Review Crew – Host Set Bonus Hop

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Hello Long Weekend Monday!

And welcome to a bonus Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring sets from the Host section of the current catalogues.

Host Sets can be purchased at special pricing using your rewards from any qualifying workshop or order ($250+ in Australia).

Want to know more?  Ask me – or your local demonstrator – to help you earn Stampin’ Rewards.

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You are once again travelling around the world for a whirlwind of inspiration!

At the moment, you are in Bunbury, Western Australia.

If you get lost along the way (usually because there’s a broken link), click on the banner at the top of this post to take you to the full list of participants.


I have chosen the “Love You Lots” stamp set today – the animals are just so cute!!!

I matched them with some well known nursery rhymes – can you pick them?

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Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The layout for my card trio is inspired by the sketch from Just Add Ink #330.


How did you go with singing the nursery rhymes???

There’s Hey Dee, Hey Dee Ho, the great big elephant is so slow…

Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme set: Hey Dee Ho. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

3 Blind Mice, see how they run….

Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme set: 3 Blind Mice, see how they run. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And, Galumph went the little green frog!

Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme set: Galump went the little green frog. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Each card has it’s nursery rhyme printed on the back!

Stamp Review Crew - Love You Lots Host stamp set. Nursery Rhyme Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Thanks for joining me! I hope you enjoyed my nursery rhyme cards.

Did you have a favourite?  Was it because of the rhyme or card???  I love them all but always have a soft spot for elephants.

I think they make a fun change for a baby or children’s birthday card!


Next blog for this hop is the fabulous Rochelle – you’ll love what she’s made.  Click next to visit her.

You can also go backward if you’d like to travel from here to Betty’s blog and see the great project she shared.

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Stamp Review Crew – Foxy Friends

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Welcome to my final blog hop for the week – what a treat to be able to take on you on so many adventures!

Today you’re hopping around the world for the Stamp Review Crew with lots of fabulous creations with the Foxy Friends stamp set.  Plus some great ideas for using the coordinating punch!


As I often do, I’ve used this hop as a chance to extend my concept of the stamp set.

It makes cheeky foxes, cute cats, sneaky skunks, racous reindeers & many more animals!!!

But … for my project, I’ve used the embellishments that coordinate with the foxy animals to create a trio of watercolour notecards.

Stamp Review Crew - Foxy Friends stamp set. Watercolour Notecard Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love having ‘blank’ cards on hand for when you need a card quickly!  The embellishment stamps in the Foxy Friends set provide great all-occasion decoration!

I added the medium swirl from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits set (I haven’t used this in a while & I was missing it!), the love heart speech bubble (this could say anything!) and a few pearls to finish it off.

FLIRTY FLAMINGO…

Stamp Review Crew - Foxy Friends stamp set. Watercolour Notecard - Flirty Flamingo. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

PEEKABOO PEACH…

Stamp Review Crew - Foxy Friends stamp set. Watercolour Notecard - Peekaboo Peach. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

EMERALD ENVY…

Stamp Review Crew - Foxy Friends stamp set. Watercolour Notecard - Emerald Envy. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I even decorated the envelopes for these cards in matching patterns/colours.

I can’t wait to send one in the mail – it’ll look so pretty!


Thanks for hopping with me!  Next you’re over to Tanya in the US who always has wonderful & colourful creations!  Or if you missed out on Holly, then click below to go backwards.

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If you get lost at any stage, click on the banner at the top of this post to take you back to Stamp Review Crew blog where you’ll find the whole list of us!

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Stamp Review Crew – Blended Bloom

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Hello May!!!  I’m excited that my birthday month of celebrations starts with a Stamp Review Crew post.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Stamp Review Crew format – it’s an international hop that highlights the fabulous talents of demonstrators around the world who all make projects using the same stamp set.

You might have already started the journey and been to see Martha in Canada.  Currently, you’re with me in Australia and next you’re off to America to visit Debra!


This month it’s all about the Blended Bloom single wood mount stamp.  Sadly, this beautiful flower is on the retirement list – but that also means you can buy it while stocks last at 20% off retail price.

Blended Bloom is fantastic for colouring practice (I still need lots of that) and lends itself to so many occasions, colours & designs.

Today I’m sharing a Mother’s Day creation with you.  Did you know that Mother’s Day is at different times of the year around the world!?!  In Australia (and the US), we’re spoiling our Mums this Sunday, but Mums in the UK got their special day back in March!  Interested in Mother’s Day activities around the world?  Have a look at this Wikipedia list for all the details!

I love Wikipedia and looking up quirky background information! But back to the craft…

This is my Mother’s Day project set.  It’s all pink & grey which I {LOVE} as a colour combination.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The card has a beautiful Hardwood Background panel (staying), Little Letters (going) and a Blended Bloom flower coloured with an Aqua Painter.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Of course, if there’s a pretty flower on my craft table, it’s going to get ‘winked’ (Wink of Stella is staying!).

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The treat box is made using the Gift Bag punch board (staying!). Instead of adding holes to the top for closure as per the instructions, I made tabs top & bottom of my cardstock and added a ‘lapel’ close.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To make this style of treat bag:

Cut a piece of cardstock to 10″ x 8-1/4″.  I punched & scored as per the instructions for the first long side.  I then rotated 180 degrees and did it again for the second long side (but making sure the panels matched up with what I had already scored).

This gave me 5 panels (2 sides, a front, a back and a tab for sticking together).  I cut all the tabs from the ‘top’ of the bag except the back one which folds down to make the lapel closure.  I then stuck it together on the bottom & side as per the traditional instructions.

Fill with treats, fold down the lapel closure and wrap a ribbon or twine around it to keep it all looking pretty.  I used Smoky Slate thick baker’s twine (going).  And then added another Blended Bloom flower to coordinate the design with my card.


Happy Mother’s Day to all those lucky Mummies out there – I hope the kids or fur babies get organised during the week and spoil you rotten.

I’ll be pre-ordering my own M.Day present tomorrow!!!  At least I {ALWAYS} get what I want!

Next stop is Blended Bloom goodness from Debra.  Click on the ‘next blog’ link below to see what she has created.

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If you get lost during the hop, you can always head back to the main page.

Make sure you check back in with me tomorrow – I’ll be sharing something very special ready for the new catalogue coming in June.  If you love being organised, you won’t want to miss it!  Kelly x


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Rose Wonder: Two-Tone Watercolouring

My Tuesday class ladies are in love with watercolouring and embossing.  It’s given us all lots of practice!

This month they made a beautiful card using the Rose Wonder stamp set, gold embossing and two-tone watercolouring.

Two-Tone Watercolouring. Rose Wonder stamp set & gold embossing. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was so much fun to colour with Melon Mambo & Pear Pizzazz together with Daffodil Delight to create a rose with beautiful tones & texture.

Two-Tone Watercolouring. Rose Wonder stamp set & gold embossing. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It reminds me of the stunning roses in my Dad’s garden. Although, the red ones are still my favourite because they have the most amazing scent!


This technique is very easy…

Emboss the rose with your favourite embossing powder (gold will always be mine!).  Splash on some Daffodil Delight with your Aqua Painter, fill in the spaces with Melon Mambo on the flower & Pear Pizzazz on the leaves (go around… over.. blend – whatever takes your fancy!  Each time you colour this flower it will look slightly different), then go back with more Daffodil Delight if you need to even up the two-tone effect.

Voila!  Oh, and finish your rose with a layer of clear Wink of Stella {if you want to… because it’s pretty!}.


If you want to see my inspiration for this card and a wonderful example of colouring – have a look at Lydia’s absolutely stunning card here.

To my Tuesday ladies – this is what I mean when I say I’m not artistic!  I could never colour like Lydia.  But I do a pretty good job at being creative!  Kelly x
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What Did You Do Yesterday? We Made Cards …

Yesterday was my Tuesday monthly card class.  Curious to see what we made?

This was the first card using the dandelion stamps from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.  We clear embossed these on Watercolour Paper and then washed over the paper with an Aqua Painter and ink colour of choice – yes, I let them choose their own ink colour and no Mary, I didn’t stop breathing!!!!.  This is the pink version I made using Blushing Bride.

Dandelion Watercolour Emboss Resist - Balloon Celebration stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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The second card also featured watercolouring, inspired by the fun I had making last week’s Just Add Ink card.

The peony from the Birthday Blooms stamp set is just stunning and an easy image to splash some colour for beginner or advanced colouring. The front panel of the card is Shimmery White cardstock – a perfect base for watercolouring.  It has a subtle shimmer throughout that’s very special.  But, we couldn’t resist adding a little more shimmer with the clear Wink of Stella pen.

Love the background?  We put the whole card front into the embossing folder, which means the card is textured front & back – I love this effect!!!

Birthday Blooms Watercolour card with whole card textured embossing. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What you’ll need to make this at home…


The final card (in what turned out to be a very vertical class!) was a quick & easy masculine card using lots of layers to create interesting texture.  Using a variety of plain, patterned and stamped cardstock is a great way to create a card that is effective, but doesn’t take too much time.  I love the watercolour effect of the balloons from the Balloon Builder stamp set – and who doesn’t love a stamp that perfectly coordinates with a punch!!!

Masculine themed layered card using Balloon Builders stamp set, Balloon Bouquet punch & Party Wishes stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What you’ll need to make this at home…


I hope you’ll get a chance to try 1 or 3 of these cards at home.  They were such fun to make with a lovely group of ladies.

If you live in the Bunbury area and you’d like to book into a class, you can find the schedule here.  I’d love to have you and help you to make cards like the ones above to take home.  Kelly x

Thinking of You From Afar – JAI283

A work colleague asked me to make a card for her mother, who she is missing now that she lives in Australia.

I had free range to create a ‘thinking of you’ card featuring flowers.  The hydrangea in the Best Thoughts stamp sets is still one of my favourites from the 2015-2016 catalogue.

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It’s a dream to colour and looks fabulous embossed and watercoloured.

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The layout for today’s card was inspired by the Just Add Ink #283 sketch:

It’s lovely when people choose a handmade creation to share their love.  I also love ‘just because’ cards!  Kelly x

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Watercolour by Request – Three Ways

My class on the weekend had a watercolour theme by request.  I love designing classes that suit the stampers in attendance – it gives the project design a little something extra.

Watercolouring is lots of fun and has many different styles. Within the Stampin’ Up! range, you can use Watercolor Paper, Shimmery White cardstock & Whisper White cardstock as your base.  Then your tools of choice are blender pens or aqua painters.  And finally a choice of ink – Staz On, Archival Black/Grey, Craft White (for bokeh). Each combination gives its own result.  Changing one feature can change the project entirely.

Here’s what we made…

AQUA PAINTER COLOURING on WHISPER WHITE

Stamp Set: Best Thoughts (Hostess set from 2015 Annual Catalogue)

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BOKEH TECHNIQUE – AQUA PAINTERS with REINKERS on WATERCOLOR PAPER

Stamp Set: I Think You’re Great (2015 Annual Catalogue)

Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist
Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist
Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron
Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron

BLENDER PENS on SHIMMERY WHITE CARDSTOCK

Stamp Set: Christmas Cuties (featured in the 2015 Holiday Catalogue)

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As a technique, colouring can take a little bit of time to develop your skills.  Some people are drawn towards one method of watercolouring more than others – which is what art & expression is all about.  I always forget to take pictures of what the ladies made during the class, but their end products were so creative and it was a pleasure to watch their cards evolve as they added colour & played with their own style.

Thanks for the inspiration ladies, it’s always so delightful to spend time crafting with you.  Kelly x

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You’ve Got to Get This!

I needed a quick card this week, so I CASEd (copied) a card from a training email sent by Stampin’ Up! that featured the soon to be released Archival Basic Black ink.  I used the new archival grey last week and was super impressed.  After using the black, all I can say is WOW!  The finish is perfect, the colour amazing and they are permanent so you can use them for watercolouring!

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Linda Heller has a great video on the differences between the 3 blacks available from Stampin’ Up! – StazOn, Memento & the new archival.  The archival ink comes out on top for almost all your black stamping needs.

So when the Holiday Catalogue starts next Tuesday, you’ve got to get these inks – they are amazing!  And don’t forget to buy ink refills at the same time – you won’t need them at first, but you never know when they’ll come in handy!  Kelly x

PS, I’ve got copies of the Holiday Catalogue here looking for a change of scenery.  If you’d like one, let me know!

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The Grooviest Request

So, a couple of weeks ago I got a voicemail on my mobile (my phone is ALWAYS on silent {a habit I never dropped from the days of having newborns}) from a lovely man asking me to make a card for his wife’s birthday.  He wanted a card to suit an “ex-hippie grandmother who loves purple”.  I do love a challenge, so this was a perfect request.

We ended up with a purple heavy card featuring a Kombi van with personalised “Nanny” plates…

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I’ve heard from the “ex-hippie purple grandmother” herself and she loves it – phew!  Apparently she’s always wanted to jump in a Kombi and travel.

The background is my new favourite not-so-new product – Shimmery White cardstock with a kaleidescope of colour.  Until convention, I didn’t realise how good this was for everything – including watercolouring!  If you don’t have any, you’ll want to add this to your next order!!!

I used my Silhouettte Cameo for the Kombi and “happy birthday” (font: Keep on Truckin’).

And the purples?

Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum & Blackberry Bliss.

Yet another successful “not a Hallmark” creation – my favourite type of card.  Kelly x