Sweet Strawberry

My gorgeous sister-in-law celebrated her birthday last week and one of the presents we got her was dehydrated strawberries. So, it seemed wonderfully fitting that I could make a strawberry card to go with it.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

I was able to earn the Berry Blessings DSP during Sale-A-Bration but didn’t get a good chance to use it. It works so well with the Sweet Strawberry stamp set – which we get to enjoy for some time yet, so I’m feeling lucky to have this in my stash.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

The stamp set coordinates with the Strawberry Builder Punch, which makes it oh-so-easy to make those cute little strawberries. I’ve stamped them in Real Red with Garden Green stalks. The leaves are Old Olive & Granny Apple Green and the flowers are Balmy Blue. The best part? The punch cuts out all of those cute pieces! No fussy cutting required!!!

The pleats on the front of the card are a bit of a give away that there’s more to this card. I have no idea what this fancy fold is called but it was fun to make. The card base was 10″ wide, scored at 1″, 3″, 7″ & 9″. The length is 5-7/8″.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

I love this fold for showing off the DSP! If you cut it right you can line up the patterns on each side to create a split panel.

The best way to keep this style of card together is using a belly band. I’ve jazzed it up with more DSP and a double layer of die cuts from the Tasteful Labels Dies.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set in Night of Navy. I don’t often use black for sentiments – the darker classic tones work so well for a bold & smooth finish.

If you also have some Berry Blessings DSP but haven’t yet bought the Sweet Strawberry stamp set, let me enable you to *NEED* it! At $55.75 for both the stamp set and punch, it’s one of the best value combinations in the catalogue!

Shop online in my Stampin’ Up! store by clicking here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Raiding the Kid’s Stash | Easter Treats

How excited do you get about Easter? I’m a big fan of Easter chocolate, so it’s always fun to have this time of the year roll around!

This year for class Easter treats, I have used some supplies from the kids craft stash to make bunnies for the Little Miss Papercrafts and their friends. I contemplated using my Stampin’ Up! DSP but I’d be heartbroken to see them rip off the pretty paper to get to the chocolate!

Easter Treats | kelly kent

These oh-so-cute bunnies were made using my Silhouette Cameo. I created the cut file and then cut a whole page at a time. There’s two variations – one with a hole that fits the lollipop stick and one without the hole which is perfect for a mini solid chocolate egg.

Easter Treats | kelly kent

You can download the png files by clicking on the links below. There’s a solid option you can trace in your e-cutter software and a black & white version which is suitable for printing & cutting by hand. I sized these at 5-3/4″ total length which makes them about 2-3/4″ high when folded over.

Easter Treats | kelly kent
Easter Treats | kelly kent

Make one, or make 100 like I did, these are super to put a smile on everyone’s face this Easter!

Easter Treats | kelly kent

Have a lovely long weekend! May there be lots of crafting and LOTS of chocolate!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | Circle Celebration

That’s a wrap on Social Stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe for Term 1, 2021. Thank you to all the wonderful stampers who joined us. We held our final session of the term on Monday and the vibe was great. So many great conversations, lots of laughs and of course, some creative stamping. You can check out one of the cards we made on Sunday’s blog post by clicking here.

Social Stamping | kelly kent

Today I’m sharing the other card, plus a couple of variations to show you how easy it is to use this set for the most versatile card option ever. The stamp set is Circle Celebrations. Circles work for any age, gender and with embellishments or other stamps, you could use it for pretty much any occasion too. These cards use the circles together with the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

These were the two layouts I created to inspire creativity on Monday. As always, stampers were welcome to use the pieces in their kit to create their card in whatever design they wanted. There were some wonderful variations using the circles in different patterns, creative use of the white space and varying sentiment placement.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

The colours are a Bermuda Bay base, Coastal Cabana mat, Bermuda Bay sentiment and circles stamped in Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pretty Peacock, Smoky Slate and Memento Jet Black.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

I wanted this card to be suitable for a male or female birthday, so I’ve left off any bling, ribbon or embellishment – other than the Brick & Mortar embossing on the base layer.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

If you’re creating cards at home and want one to give and a spare for your stash, I suggest cutting two of everything and then creating an alternative by changing the orientation of the card and styling of the layers.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

And then if you want even more bang for your design, change up the colours, embossing folder or layout. The stamp set works really well in any ombre (or coordinating) colour palette.

Here’s a red version – Real Red, Cherry Cobbler & Merry Merlot

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

And a yellow version – Daffodil Delight, Bumblebee & Mango Melody

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

Thank you to everyone who supported Social Stamping this term – and to Tony & Ivory at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe for hosting us each week. We’re taking a break over the school holidays & ANZAC Day period and will be back on Monday 3rd May (week 3 of Term 2). This coincides with a new catalogue launch and we can’t wait to show you some great new products in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue.

I’m able to order catalogues and new products soon, so I’ll start sharing those next month. If you’re a regular customer of mine I’ll have a new catalogue ready for you to post or deliver as soon as they arrive. If you’re new to Stampin’ Up! and live in Australia, please let me know and I’ll get one in your hands.

Enjoy this beautiful Wednesday!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Pampered Pets

Hello & hello Monday! It’s time to join my friends around the world for another Stamp Review Crew hop. The featured stamp set today is Pampered Pets. This cute set coordinates with the Pets Dies and Playful Pets DSP. The suite offers a complete crafting experience with trinkets and ribbon too! The stamp set and dies are carrying over to the next Annual Catalogue in May but not as a discounted bundle. All the accessories (DSP & embellishments) from the Playful Pets suite are retiring.

So far, I’ve made two other projects using the styling of this suite.

I used it last June to create One Sheet Wonder designs for the dogs

And last July to make a cat set

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

More recently I create a fun fold using the stamped images from the set to create some birthday cards.

Today I’m sharing another project set using the stamps, dies and DSP. This one has a pet sympathy theme using the ‘sorry for your loss’ stamp. It’s never nice for a family to lose a beloved pet, but it’s a good opportunity to send a card to let them know you care.

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

You can see I’ve stayed with the colours of the suite – Real Red, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo and Basic White. I’ve also added in some Cherry Cobbler to add some contrast.

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

I’ve chosen to leave the cat & dog images from this card. Not only does it make the card more versatile in your stash, but it also avoids any possibility of offending if the stamped pet doesn’t resemble their pet.

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

The die set has 5 awesome dies – 4 pets to coordinate with the stamps and the super cute paw prints you see on these cards!

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

I’ve added in dies from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. These are my fave hearts and I’m sad to see them on the retirement list!

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

I’m excited for you to see what the rest of the crew have made with this stamp set.

Keep hopping and visit my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman on the east coast of Australia.

To see the main Stamp Review Crew post for this hop, please click here.

If you need any of the Playful Pets suite, you’ll find the full range in the online store by clicking here.

Have a wonderful week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | Brushed Blooms

After a little delay to the start of Social Stamping at the cafe this term (thanks to a snap lockdown), I can’t believe tomorrow is our last session of Term 1. We’ve made some great cards, drunk delicious coffee and shared lots of laughs! The good news is that after a break for school holidays, we’ll be back again in Term 2!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the cards for tomorrow. Inspired by the catalogue sample on page 29, I’ve adapted to make it work for a larger group.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Rather than stamping each of the colours using the stamp, I’ve used the die to cut out the brushstrokes and filled them in with colour from behind. In rainbow order, they are Magenta Madness, Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

We don’t have the option to heat emboss at the cafe, so I’ve changed the sentiment to white cardstock with Night of Navy ink, and also used Night of Navy for the leaves. Using a dark blue instead of black is one of my favourite tips for getting a dark but solid image. Memento and StazOn black inks are great and definitely have their purposes, but I find it hard to get a consistent coverage unless I stamp several times.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

The roses are stamped in Gorgeous Grape and cut with the dies from this coordinating set – Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies. I’ve layered on a vellum circle to give some definition and added some gold gem bling!

I always offer any alternative for classes – but the differences on this one are subtle! The specific sizing of the Brushstrokes die makes it hard to change the layout too much!

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Can you spot the changes? The flowers are on the left side, the sentiment in stamped on a long strip and not cut into words and the brushstrokes are upside down compared to the other cards. I can’t wait to see how the stampers change up the design tomorrow to show their creative flair.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Join me tomorrow at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe – 9.30am start. We have the table reserved until 11am, but you can dash off before then if you need!

See you tomorrow. If you’re definitely going to be there, let me know so I can save a kit for you. RSVPS are helpful but not essential – I always have extras on the day.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | In Colors

Hey there! Happy Saturday!!

It’s the last Saturday of the month which means I have the pleasure of hopping with my demonstrator friends for Social Stamping. The theme this week is “In Colors”. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the new In Color range that will be released in early May. Let me share that they are absolutely gorgeous. If you can’t wait until May for all the new catalogue spoilers, it might be time for you to join Stampin’ Up!

To make room for the new In Colors, it means its time to say goodbye to the 2019-2021 In Colors.

These are some of my all-time favourite colours. I’d been asking for a pretty dusky pink for forever! It’s been a pleasure to craft with these colours for the past 2 years. I am going to miss them!!!

The cards for this blog post were so much fun to make. Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray make a beautiful combination together.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The stamp set is another victim of the retirement list – Monogram Messages. All items on the Last Chance Retirement List are available until they sell out or 3rd May 2021 – whichever comes first!

The first card in this duo features all the large letter stamps available in this set in the retiring In Colors – Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the matching words (there’s several options for each letter – I’ve gone for the birthday themed ones) in the same In Colors and matched them with flowers stamped in the other range of current In Colors – Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight.

The butterflies in the set coordinate with the Butterfly Duet punch – also retiring! They are stamped in pretty colours from the Subtles range – Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride. Did you know that for the most part, the In Colors alternate between Brights and Subtles in overall tone. The outgoing In Colors are more subtle, so expect them to be replaced in the upcoming catalogue with more pastel tones.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The Pretty Peacock mat layer on this card has been embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. This is possibly the saddest retirement list item for me. I just love this EF and use it all the time. I still will! You just won’t be able to buy it if you don’t get it now. And as a bonus, it’s also on special until supplies sell out.

The second card is my favourite – I just love the layout and the way all the elements come together.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The top mat of this card is Watercolour Paper so that I could get a pretty watercolour wash in Seaside Spray behind the cluster of stamps.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

This stamp set doesn’t have coordinating dies, so there’s a little patience required to fussy cut the letters and accessory stamps, though you can punch out the butterflies.

There’s two other colours in the retiring In Colors that I haven’t featured – Terracotta Tile and Purple Posy. :Leave me a comment if they are your favourites and you’re going to miss them. I can’t say they’ve been regulars on my craft table!!!

For more projects using In Colors – both retiring and current – please keep clicking on the next button to take a tour of the blogs. For a full list of everyone joining in, please visit the main Social Stamping Blog Host post.

Next blog from here is the lovely Julia Quinn. Julia has joined in every hop since we started and shared amazing projects. You’ll love this one too!

Thank you for hopping with us today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | In Colors

Hello! Thanks for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. These hops started almost exactly one year ago – tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Social Stamping Blog Hosts! That means it’s now over a year since our vocabulary changed and we started using phrases like social distancing, our shopping habits changed and toilet paper became the hottest commodity (I’m still none the wiser why people are stocking up on TP for a respiratory disease!) and lockdown became the new way to stay in.

Through a combination of factors including geographical isolation, border controls, and reasonable compliance with government issued instructions, Australia continues to be in an incredibly fortunate position amongst the ongoing chaos of COVID-19. Particularly here on the west coast where we are able to work, play and go about our day-to-day business with very few limitations. I am acutely aware that the rest of the world is not experiencing the same level of freedom and avoidance of all things virus. My thoughts are with you and I hope we start to see some control over the global spread.

The themes for the first part of 2021 are all about colour and I am joined by my wonderful stamping friends to share projects with you featuring the In Colors. There’s always two sets of In Colors in the Annual Catalogue, each staying with us for 2 years before making their exit. We are just about to say goodbye (in early May) to the 2019-2021 In Colors –

The 2020-2022 In Colors will stay for another full catalogue cycle –

I can’t wait for you to see all the fabulous creations from the stampers who are joining in today. The full list is at the end of this post, or you can click the next button on each post to take you around. Thanks to my friends for once again sharing their talents with us – keeping us all connected, no matter the distance or circumstances.

And no matter where you are reading this from in the world, I hope you’re doing ok!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Julia Quinn
  3. Lisa Whitehead
  4. Andrea Sargent
  5. Sharni Haines
  6. Elizabeth Gross
  7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  8. Michelle Strazds
  9. Sandra Collett
  10. Mandy Depiazzi
  11. Narelle Simm

Last Chance Products | 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue

It’s that time of the catalogue cycle again – the retirement list has been shared by Stampin’ Up!. There’s some favourites on there, some products that only stayed for a while and some long-stayers that are now moving on.

To see the list of products that are retiring from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue, click on the link below for your preferred viewing style

See the products with pictures and prices in the online store by clicking here

See the products in an Excel document which you can sort in a variety of ways by clicking here

See the products in a pdf by clicking here

There’s a range of discounts on many of the products on the list from 10% through to 75%. Products are available in the South Pacific market until stock in the warehouse sells out or we get to the last day of the catalogue – which is 3rd May 2021.

You can shop in my online store and place your order to be delivered directly to your address. Click here to browse the online store. You are also welcome to contact me and I’ll place your order for you. Find me by email, Facebook or Instagram.

Happy shopping!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #547 | photo inspiration

It’s time – time for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a fabulous photo inspiration for you. Use it to get started on some Easter crafting or let it inspiration another type of project for you.

I’ve used it to get crafty with a sentiment that I was so excited to receive. The Brushed Blooms stamp set has the sentiment “let’s paint the town as long as I’m home by 9:00”. Such a fun greeting – and so true of my preferred way of celebrating these days. I can craft until the early hours of the morning but if I’m out and about I’m yawning by 9pm!

There’s so many pretty colours in the wreath – I tried to capture most of them in the brushstrokes along the side of the card. In order they are Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Gray Granite, Pretty Peacock, Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose and Merry Merlot.

The dies in Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies cut three layers of two different types of rose. I’ve cut all three layers in Basic White cardstock and layered them together for lots of texture. The leaves are Mint Macaron, cut using another die from the set.

And the final touch is that sentiment!!! White heat embossed on Rococo Rose cardstock and then cut with a Stitched Rectangle Die.

What kind of party life do you enjoy? Home by 9? Or just getting started at 9?

This project is only one of many from the Just Add Ink Design Team. You can see the rest of the DT projects over the Just Add Ink blog. You can also join in the challenge there too – show us what this inspiration picture inspires to you create!

Have a wonderful weekend of crafty fun!

Country Home | birthday

‘Twas the night before retirement list and everyone was waiting! What will retire, what will stay??? The current Annual Catalogue finishes on 3rd May 2021 and the new catalogue joins us on 4th May 2021.

I’m guessing that we might see the retirement of some of the products I’ve used on this card….

The flowers are from the Country Home stamp set, the embossing folder is the Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder and the sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.

The pretty yellow patterned paper -which coordinates beautifully with the embossing folder is from the Fine Art Floral DSP. This won’t retire just yet – there’s a month of overlap between the Annual Catalogue and the Jan-June Mini Catalogue. I love this – it means we can mix and match more products as we explore the new Annual together with the mini.

We can never be sure what will make the list for another year and what will be replaced by new & fun products. Some of the things that might influence a product going into retirement include how long it has been in a current catalogue, popularity and how it fits into the upcoming product releases. However, until that list comes out, it’s all a guess!

Actually, not all a guess…. we know the 2019-2021 In Colors will definitely retire. Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile are all leaving us. Reinkers are always first to sell out as everyone makes sure they can continue to stamp with their favourite colours.

I’ll share the retirement list tomorrow. Once this list appears, some products will sell out quickly. All products on the retirement list are available until supplies in the warehouse sell out. So, if there’s anything you really want, you may want to place an order sooner rather than later! My online store is open 24-7 and shopping your pjs is encouraged! Click here to shop online.

If you have any questions about the retirement list, or want to share your retiring predictions with me, leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!