Fancy Fold | Theatre Card

I was spoilt with so many beautiful birthday cards for my birthday. One of them was made by my mum and was a gorgeous Theatre Card using my favourite DSP (Best Dressed). Tracing back some of the examples shared on Pinterest, I think the original designer was Lolascrap. You can see her post, including measurements & instructions by clicking here.

I have the pleasure of sharing my birthday with my mother-in-law. This works out well for my husband who has one less date to remember (or ends badly if he forgets!!

This is my version of a Theatre Card, made for my mother-in-law, using the soon to be retired Mosaic Mood DSP. This has been a firm favourite of mine and this style of card seemed like the perfect way to show it off one last time!

Like all great fancy folds, this design folds flats and fits into a normal envelope. But when you pull the middle layers outwards, it opens up to reveal a beautiful centre.

Like so many recent DSP patterns, these designs are easy to fussy cut and include as the main artwork in cards. The happy birthday sentiment is from the also retiring I Say Hello stamp set.

The slide feature is so clever on this card. It can be displayed as a stage card or opened up with the front frame taken off.

This style of card gives you lots of space to show off all the prettiness of the DSP!

The writing panel for this card is best placed on the back , which gave me a great way to add another beautiful hummingbird.

And then it fold flat again for posting.

I love receiving cards with new folds and deconstructing them to see the inner workings – but don’t tell anyone that or they won’t send me fun cards anymore!!!

Hope you are finding some time to be crafty this week!

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 D 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 | sunshine

Hey there!  Thanks for joining me for Social Stamping Blog Host #8!!!  What a cool ride this has been.  You can see the full list of my stamping friends who are joining me for today’s hop by clicking here and visiting the main post.

The theme for today is sunshine.   Summer is my favourite season.  I love hot weather and I love the warmth and light that the sun brings to a day.  The sun for me is a symbol of hope and positivity.  I initially chose this theme to coordinate with the Share Sunshine digital stamp set brought out by Stampin’ Up as a special release to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.  Many of the sentiments in the download are uplifting and quirky and make for great rays of sunshine to brighten someone’s day (hence the title of the set!!).

This is my card using the Share Sunshine PDF images with a blended rainbow on Shimmery White cardstock.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Front of the card

The colours are all from the Brights family – Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape, blended with a makeup brush.

The ‘sending love & paper hugs’ is one of my favourites from the digital stamp set – and just perfect to let someone know you are thinking about them.  Since the set is being sold as a download to my computer, I’ll have this set forever, without needing any physical storage and I can just print the pages I need, as I need them.

I’ve added another sentiment from the download to the middle of the card with more of the rainbow card I made.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Middle of the card

If you’d like to own the Share Sunshine digital stamp set too, click here to visit the purchase page.  All funds raised from this project will go towards COVID relief.

This theme inspired me to create another card, using the bright yellow of the sun as the main feature – with some white clouds and a ‘hello sunshine’ sentiment.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

The stamp set is a retired favourite (I can bear to part with that hello) called Hello.  It was a Sale-A-Bration stamp set many years ago, but I often pull it out because of the awesome fonts and cool sentiments.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

Since I’ve decided I do like gingham after all (slow but steady seems to be the craft style here!), I’ve used Pineapple Punch DSP in the gingham pattern from the 2018-2020 In Color DSP.  The cloud die is another retired favourite – Rainbow Builder Dies.

Speaking of rainbows, do you remember my rainbow window from week three?  I updated it again yesterday with balloons for my birthday.  I was convinced it was going to fall down as soon as I put it up, but over a month later, it has survived everything including the most intense storm I’ve seen recently.

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I most often craft in the afternoons while Little Master Papercraft has his afternoon nap, and then again at night when all the Little Papercrafts are in bed.  So I didn’t realise, but when the sunshine is coming through the window in the morning, it projects a silhouette of the rainbow wall onto the wall behind my computer.   What a beautiful sight!

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I hope the reflections you see this weekend are beautiful and you take the time to stop and notice.  If there’s one thing that this pandemic has allowed me to enjoy, it’s a a slower pace and enjoying the little details!

Next hop to visit for more sunny inspiration is Nicole Wilson.  Nicole is one of the brightest and joy spreading humans I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.  She’s vibrant and generous and radiates positivity.  Everyone is better for spending time with Nicole!

If you’d like to see the full list of participants for today’s hope, click here.  See you next week for another Social Stamping Blog Host!

Social Stamping Blog Host | sunshine

Hello!  Thank you for joining us for Social Stamping week #8.  At the start of social distancing, lockdown and isolation, the Social Stamping blog hosts were a way of keep us connecting, giving us a creative outlet and providing a platform to share our ideas.  Over the weeks, it’s become a wonderful journey through this time of uncertainty, watching our communities – both local and global – stand together and fight against this virus that has completely changed life as we know it.

You can see the other blog hops by clicking on the links below.  Each week has a different theme, telling a different part of the COVID story.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family

Today’s theme is ‘sunshine’.  For some parts of the world, the metaphorical rain is clearing, the clouds are lifting and the sun is shining again.  Parts of Australia are completed COVID free.  Other parts have seen a dramatic decrease in numbers and as a country, we are hopefully entering a period where we can hold strong against the spread throughout winter.  I get the sense from the scientists that we are likely to see further waves of the virus as we progress through the return to “normal life” – but what that looks like, no one can be certain.

Until then, we’ll enjoy some socially distanced sunshine and reflect on the parts of “normal” that we missed, hopefully leaving behind the parts of “normal” that we didn’t.

My stamping friends on today’s hop are sharing a range of sunshine inspired projects from the happiness of sunflowers to the uplifting sentiments of the Share Sunshine COVID relief PDF (click here to purchase this limited edition digital stamp set).  Please be inspired by the projects that are shared, but if you make something that is a copy or heavily inspired by one of the projects on the hop, let others know the fabulous designer that inspired you.

Wishing everyone some rays of sunshine this weekend – if not by weather, then by craft!

Participant list | “sunshine”

Paper Adventures Team Hop | CASEing the Birthday Girl

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

Happy Birthday to ….. ME!  It’s my birthday today and I’m blessed to be spending some of it blogging with my stamping family.  These ladies are such a wonderful part of my life and I’m so grateful to have them with me in this part of my papercraft journey.  This is the perfect way to celebrate!

Because it’s my birthday (well birth “month” actually – because … why not!!) I’ve asked the team to CASE the Birthday Girl!    So, the team have chosen designs I’ve shared on my blog and put their own spin on it.

We’re lucky to be joined by the super talented Tanya Rees.  Her style is gorgeous (and she is too!).

My blog started in October 2013 and in my very first post I shared a baby sampler I’d made for friend’s new little man.  It used Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White – still one of my favourite ombre colour choices to this date.

The second project I shared was a card using the cult classic Owl Punch.  Although long retired, I still have mine in my collection.  This was one of the first builder punches Stampin’ Up! produced and resulted in many punch art creations that were not actually owls!!!

This is the first card I blogged and the one I have decided to CASE today and do a 2020 version…

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Using the same layout and colours and 6 more years of experience playing with paper, stamps and inks, here is the update –

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I love the finesse of the Bird Ballad DSP.  It takes a little patience to fussy around around the images, but that is time well spent to add a beautifully coloured artwork to the front of my card.  The striking yellow for this card is from the Best Dressed DSP.  I’ve had this on my desk, waiting patiently to be used.  Yellow is such a wonderfully happy colour!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

The top note shape of my original card has been replaced with a scalloped stitched rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and stamped with Birthday Wishes from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Although I like both yellow and green, my tastes over the years have changed and current style often features one strong colour with a neutral.  So I’ve done another update, and changed the card up to a Petal Pink & Sahara Sand that is much more my 2020 style!  Time will tell what my 2026 style will be!!!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Isn’t it funny how colour trends, our personal style and what’s available in the catalogue influence what we make across the years!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I love this layout and I’m thinking I should go back and do this for more of my cards with some of the new products coming out in June!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

These birds are just the sweetest – and really do make it so easy to add prettiness to your cards!  Last I checked, this DSP is still available in the online store – and at a discount!  Click here to visit.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I’d love it, as a birthday gift to me, if you could visit all of the blogs on the hop and leave a little message for my wonderful team.  It’s so nice to hear that people are reading our blogs and enjoying what we are sharing!

The next blog from here is our guest designer, Tanya Rees, who makes stunning cards!!

Thank you for being part of my birthday!

 

Participant List:

Kelly Kent
Tanya Rees (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Shannon Kissane
Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi
Sheila Pybus

Social Stamping | April Kits – Parisian Blossoms

I’m starting to design the cards for my May card kits.  Thank you to everyone who purchased the supplies to turn the 5 kits into cards in April.

Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss when I release the May kits.  These can be posted Australia wide and include all materials except sentiment stamping and adhesive. Perfect for some stress-free crafting, design/layout inspiration or a little mojo kick-start.

Two of the cards in April’s kits used the Parisian Blossoms DSP and Poppy Moments Dies.  These gorgeous products are available in the Jan-June Mini Catalogue, but some only until the 2nd June. All the DSP retires, so if you have a favourite, be sure to stock up before the new catalogue (and new DSP) starts on 3rd June.

It’s no secret that I love DSP and love using it on cards.  One of my favourite things to do to add an easy wow factor is to slice a larger piece into equal panels (usually 3).

Parisian Blossoms | kelly kent

The dimensions for the DSP on this card are 3-3/8″ x 2-3/4″ and cut across the 3-3/8″ side into three equal segments of 1-1/8″.

Parisian Blossoms | kelly kent

This card features a Sahara Sand base (one of my favourite Neutrals) and Petal Pink flowers with Champagne Foil accents.  The DSP colours are Petal Pink and Pool Party.

I’ve used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set, but as these kits do not include any stamping (to keep with Stampin’ Up! policy), you can choose your own sentiments – or leave them without.  You can also use your favourite way to stick things down!  This kit is flexible to how you craft and the type of cards you need.


Not already a subscriber?  Fill in your email address below and get an email from me every time I post, so you never miss an update!

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Social Stamping | April Kits – Bonanza Buddies

I’m starting to design the cards for my May card kits.  Thank you to everyone who purchased the supplies to turn the 5 kits into cards in April.

Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the May kits.  These can be posted Australia wide and include all materials except sentiment stamping and adhesive. Perfect for some stress-free crafting, design/layout inspiration or a little mojo kick-start.

Two of the cards in April’s kits used the Birthday Bonanza suite.  There’s always a surprise retirement for me in every catalogue, and this was it for 2020!  I’m going to miss these cute little critters!

I think this card style is called a Peekaboo Card since you can see through the front layer of the card to the back, but I’m not 100% sure. If you’ve heard a different name, please leave me a comment.

Birthday Bonanza | kelly kent

There was a Coastal Cabana version and a Daffodil Delight version.

Birthday Bonanza | kelly kent

The tag from the Bonanza Dies worked perfectly as the upright portion to hold the two front layers together.

Here’s a side view…

Birthday Bonanza | kelly kent

The card kits were sent with pre-cut card bases & cardstock pieces, die cut embellishments, Birthday Bonanza DSP and ribbon.

Birthday Bonanza | kelly kent

All ready for a fun craft session – add your own sentiments to customise with adhesives of your choice!


Not already a subscriber?  Fill in your email address below and get an email from me every time I post, so you never miss an update!

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Mother’s Day 2020 | Double Flower Box

Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you’ve had a wonderful day, and despite the challenges of life as we know it at the moment, that you’ve been able to connect with, share memories of or make plans to see your mum. For those of you who have children, I hope you were able to add new memories with them this year – either in person or through technology.

I had a lovely day with the three Little Papercrafts. I scored a sleep in, a leisurely cooked breakfast, some time in the sunshine, a family catch up via Zoom and dinner with Nanna Papercraft.

Mother’s Day 2020 | Nanna Papercraft & the Little Papercrafts

When your Mum loves card making and stamping supplies as much as you do, there’s a little bit of pressure to create a fabulous card for special occasions. Thankfully Nicole Wilson’s Double Flower Box Card came to the rescue!!! You can find Nicole’s tutorial in the May Flower Tutorial bundle from The Dimensionals. Click here to view Nicole’s post and click here to go direct to the page where you can purchase the tutorial.

This is one of those great folds that folds down flat to fit into a normal envelope, even though it’s wonderfully 3D when opened up.

Here’s the front with Painted Poppies stamping, Best Dressed DSP and Stitched So Sweetly Die with a sentiment from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.  The colours for this card are Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Lovely Lipstick and Whisper White.

And here’s the middle when it opens up….

I was blown away by all the design features of Nicole’s card tutorial. She included ribbon placement, full cutting instructions for the clever planter box and great embellishment like the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder for the background.

The planter boxes are a card in a box style (which are not my favourite to put together) but the instructions make it so easy!

Here’s what they look like from the top angle.

The flowers for my card are fussy cut (with lots of love) from the Best Dressed DSP and layered on the front and middle layers of the planter boxes.

This card was so much fun to make and a win with my Mum!

After a busy but fabulous day, I’m going to spend the last few hours of Mother’s Day sitting quietly with a cup of tea made in my new kettle!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | Family

Image may contain: text

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for week 7 of the Social Stamping Blog Host.

You can see previous weeks of the Blog Host by clicking on the themes below:
Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation

This week we are sharing projects inspired by the theme ‘family’.  With social distancing and travel restrictions in place, I know of lots of my friends that are missing family.  The borders between regions are closed in WA, which means many families living in different regions are unable to travel to see each other.  With this being the likely case for the next 2 months, I’m excited to see the projects on this hop and use them for inspiration to send some happy mail to family who I can’t see.

It’s also Mother’s Day tomorrow here in Australia, so you might see a special project or two for Mums.  Sending lots of love to all the Mums celebrating tomorrow – either with their family or thinking of their family.  A time will come when we can all be together again.  Until then, lets send some paper hugs!

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 | “family”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Mandy Depiazzi

Social Stamping | Family

Image may contain: text

The theme for today’s Social Stamping is ‘family’. Family is my number one priority (followed closely by stamping!) and the most important thing in my life.  I also believe that you choose amazing people (or they choose you!) and they become your chosen family.

With the rapid changes, intense global shift and uncertainty that has been the last 2 months, it’s been easy to become overwhelmed, and I am very grateful for the support and steadiness of my tribe of both family and chosen family over this time.  There’s nothing like a pandemic with social distancing, home schooling and job changes to force an evaluation of what and who are important.

My stamping friends joining in today have great inspiration for projects you can make and send to loved ones.  They’d love for you to use their creations to inspire creativity in your own craft room, but please give credit to the original designer.


My project was made for a special lady who is having a birthday in isolation after a very tough couple of months.  A friend reached out and asked her network to shower her Mum with happy mail, so while this project wasn’t made for someone in my family, there’s some very special family love happening here.  One of the cliche sayings of the COVID situations is that ‘we’re all in this together’ – and we really are!

I’m not sure what this style of card is called – in my head I’m calling it a Card on Card Fun Fold.  The base of this card is just one layer, and then the folded card sits on top.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

The birthday girl’s favourite colours are pink and orange and she loves flowers – so I let this guide the choices of DSP (Peaceful Poppies) and cardstock for this project.  The card base is Lovely Lipstick – such a bright & fun pink to play with!  The flower is Pumpkin Pie with Rich Razzleberry leaves, cut using the Poppy Moments Dies and layered on a Stitched So Sweetly Die cut.  The sentiment (Peaceful Moments stamp set) is stamped in Lovely Lipstick.

I wanted my happy mail to contain some extra love, so I made a note card set to go with it.  For this, I adapted the Pop Out Purse card made by Lou Kitzelman.  You can see Lou’s blog post with more information by clicking here.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

The ‘bones’ of the card remained the same, but instead of adding a purse to the middle, I added a center panel on to the pop out element.  This style of fancy fold has so many possibilities.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

I also added pockets to the side two panels – one for cute little 3″x 3″ Envelopes and one for 3″ cards that I made featuring poppies to coordinate with my overall theme.

Here’s a close up of the note card set including envelopes stamped with the poppy field stamp from the Painted Poppies stamp set.  I picked colours that matched the DSP – Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Lovely Lipstick & Flirty Flamingo.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

With the pop out centre panel, I was able to attach a pen to complete the set.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

And then it all folds in and ties with a Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon for easy storage until needed.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

I’ve always loved the matchy-matchy of a project set – a card with coordinating gift is such a delight!

If you’re stuck for a last minute gift to make your Mum this Mother’s Day (tomorrow in Australia), this might be a great crafty project for you today!  Your gift set can include anything from note cards to tags to post it notes.  Let your creativity run wild!  For the base template, you’ll need Lou’s amazing tutorial with step-by-step instructions and full colour pictures.  It comes in a bundle with 3 other fabulous tutorials by The Dimensionals.  Click here to purchase the full tutorial and support some wonderful bloggers.


There’s a wonderful array of clever designers and amazing projects to follow on this hop, so keep clicking on the next button to visit.  Click here to see the full list of participants.

My next link to take you to the gorgeous Leonie Stuart.

Thank you for joining us today, we love being able to share with you.  Thank you to my network of stamping friends, many of who are part of my chosen family and their friendships are extremely valuable!