A Woody Happy Birthday!

Grandad Papercraft is celebrating his birthday today.

I’ve been saving this DSP from the Wood Textures stack for the right kind of card. I didn’t know what that special card was going to be til I started to put something together for Dad.Wood Textures | kelly kentMum & Dad moved into a new house last year.  The new house has a wood fire, so he’s been busy over the winter stocking up the wood piles (and then burning through them).

Wood Textures | kelly kent

These stacked logs were the perfect background for a masculine birthday card.

I’m a big fan of the ‘cluster’ card at the moment where you can add embellishments in groups to create layers & texture.

The leaves from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits seemed like a perfect fit for the wood DSP.

Wood Textures | kelly kent

Of my 2017 goals for card making was to pay more attention to the inside of cards.

For the first time ever (I think!), I’ve used DSP as a whole layer on the inside of the card.

Wood Textures | kelly kent

It feels strange to write on the DSP – but it look amazing!!!

Happy birthday to Grandad Papercraft.  We’ve enjoyed celebrating with you!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

 

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Stampin’ Blends – Available Now!

Can you hear the buzz around crafting land???

Stampin’ Up! have been working tirelessly over the last couple of years to reformulate and bring back a range of alcohol markers!

I’m excited to share that starting today, you can now order Stampin’ Blends in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours plus 2 skin tone/neutrals (Bronze & Ivory).  This means they match all the favourite products you already own!!!

Watch the video below for more information on Stampin’ Blends.

One of the perks of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family is to be able to order products before they hit the online store.

We’ve been playing with these gorgeous markers during classes in October and the feedback is wonderful.  My team are saying how easy to use they are, how beautifully they glide on, how much they love the colours and have either bought the set or are planning on how what order they’ll build their supplies.

The markers are available in single colours, in colour set duos and as a set of 27 (12 colour families, plus two skin tone markers & the Colour Lifter).

There’s also a new stamp set (Colour Me Happy) and project kit available as part of the Blends launch.  Click here to see the flyer with all the details.


I bet you’re curious to see the results of our play time!

I’ve already shared a couple of projects with you.  You can see the lantern card I made for our team swap here.

And the Blends in action with the Home for Christmas stamp set by clicking here.

My newest card to share with you uses the Just Add Color DSP (which is like sheets of an adult colouring book!!!).

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

I’ve cut the card front into three strips, and only coloured the middle panel.

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

This is a much more manageable way to practice colouring (and is a cool spotlight effect).

For this card, we practiced mixing colours – the light & dark of the Old Olive set and the light & dark of the Crumb Cake set.

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

The Just Add Color DSP has 6 different designs!  That’s a lot of colouring practice!

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If you’d like to order some Stampin’ Blends and start some colouring therapy, visit my online store for access to the full stock!

You might only start with a couple of colours, but I bet you’ll be back for more!  They are addictive!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Christmas Gift Box Card

Happy Halloween & last day of October!!

We don’t actively celebrate Halloween (though I’m sure this will change in future years as the girls beg to join their friends in the fun!), so today’s share is a Christmas card.

Cards featuring a gift box have been flooding my Pinterest feed of late thanks to some lovely designs.  I made one earlier in the month using the Painted Autumn DSP.

This is another version, using the Christmas Around the World DSP & traditional Christmas colours…

Gift Box in a Card | kelly kent

If you’re a fan of DSP, or would like to stock up at a discount, today is the final day of the Buy 3, get 1 free promotion.  This DSP – Christmas Around the World – is one of 13 patterns you can choose from!

Gift Box in a Card | kelly kent

The other promotion ending today is the opportunity to earn the limited edition Merry Patterns stamp set (available with $450 of orders).Gift Box in a Card | kelly kent

Although not on special this month, I wanted to highlight this hidden gem in the Annual Catalogue- the Bow Builder Punch. Perfect all year round, but particularly cute at Christmas!

Gift Box in a Card | kelly kent

If you’d like to take advantage of the DSP offer or Merry Patterns stamp set, they are both available until 9pm WA time.  Click here to browse my online store.

Please touch base with me if you have any questions!

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Designer Series Paper Available during October in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Sale!

Just Add Ink #383 | Add Cake

Chloe has suggested adding ‘cake’ for Just Add Ink this week.

What a fabulous theme!

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Everyone loves cake – yes???  Or at least the icing!

Hands up who’s been to a birthday party where your child has only eaten the icing from the cake!  That’s me!!!  Always holding (and eating) a plate of second hand cake!

My inspiration for this card came from the current cake decorating trend of ‘drip’ cakes.

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This is something I could never achieve in actual baking!!!

But playing with paper – that’s a different story!

It turns out the straw from the Coffee Cups Framelits makes for excellent drips!

Just Add Ink #383 | kelly kent

I wonder if I didn’t tell you this was a cake inspired creation if you’d be able to tell!  But hopefully you can see it….Just Add Ink #383 | kelly kent

Pink, gold & white is a lovely colour combination – but doesn’t the leafy green just brighten it up!Just Add Ink #383 | kelly kent

To see all the other calorie-free cake inspired creations, pop over to the Just Add Ink blog.

If you ‘whip up’ your own cake creation this week, please add it to our gallery.

Thanks for sharing in the fun of Just Add Ink!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Colour INKspiration #20

Oh my – check out this fortnight’s colour swatch for the newest Colour INKspiration challenge!

It’s both glorious & terrifying all at the same time – which makes it the perfect challenge.

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I would have never put these colours together (and also confess to almost never using Always Artichoke!).  There’s the option to add Wood Textures DSP for this challenge too.

The inspiration picture that the colours were selected from is divine!

My starting point for this card was a desperate need to release my cat punch from the plastic packaging!  I bought it with great anticipation, and have been loving all the ideas I’ve seen on Facebook, Pinterest & instagram!

It was time to have a play myself!!

I started by creating a cat silhouette using the optional Wood Textures DSP, and then added some flowers inspired by the challenge photo & colours, which gave me this cute card…

Colour INKspiration #20 | kelly kent

I haven’t added a sentiment yet – I think I’ll leave it off until I decide who to give it to.  Or, use it as an all occasions card!

Colour INKspiration #20 | kelly kent

I just love the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set & Bouquet Bunch Framelits for adding floral elements to cards.

And I’m not the only one!  Check out some of the other ways the crew used it on this blog hop plus some more amazing projects.

Next up, you’re spending more time in Western Australia.  Make sure you visit my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson and her beautiful take on the challenge colours!

Thanks for joining us!  We’d love to see your creations added to our Facebook group.  Click here to go there

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Ready For Christmas with Stampin’ Blends

Stampin’ Blends are a new design alcohol marker available to purchase from 1st November 2017.  They are so easy to use – the colour just floats on!

We’ve been having fun using them at classes this month – paired with the Ready for Christmas bundle.

These outlined images are perfect for colouring!  And with a variety of stamps to create your own Christmas scene, the options are endless!

We used the staircase & tree stamp for this card….

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

As well as colouring the presents & staircase, the new Blends are fantastic for colouring pearls.

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

I’m still a beginner when it comes to alcohol markers, but these truly are a dream to use!

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

The second card uses the super cute Daschund puppy from the stamp set – cute but mischievous!

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

I wouldn’t be far from the truth if I told you I mostly bought this stamp set for the Daschund!!!

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

I love mixing & matching my Stampin’ Up! supplies.  For this card, we used the Petal Garden DSP – not intended for Christmas but a gorgeous background for this card.

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

If you still need any supplies to create your own handmade Christmas cards this year – from inclusive kits to paper, stamps & ink, visit my online store for the full Stampin’ Up! range.

If you’d like to host a class in your home, or join in with one of the classes I run from my home, please let me know!

I’m always on the lookout for new stamping friends.  Handmade is the best kind of love to give!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Spooky Night & Painted Autumn

Hello Sunday!

The fourth Sunday in fact, which is when I get together with my Stamping Sunday friends.

You can find the whole list of participants by clicking on the cute little blue frog!!  You’ll find a direct link to Yvonne’s blog at the end of the post to keep hopping.



Today it’s all about one of my favourite subjects – Designer Series Paper, or “DSP”.

Sara has asked us to create using either the Painted Autumn DSP or Spooky Night DSP.  But…. it can’t be a fall (autumn) or Halloween project!

I love a challenge to make “something” into “something else”.

Although I love all DSP, and usually buy every pack, I skipped on Spooky Night this catalogue.  Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia and I still have some similar colours left from last year!

I do however, absolutely {LOVE} the Painted Autumn DSP and took the 3-for-1 DSP deal on at the moment as the opportunity to stock on this beautiful design.

With a fresh pack of pretty paper in hand, I wanted to try a card on my stamping list – a Gift Box in a Card design.

Following this fabulous tutorial by Rachel Tessman, I made my own version using the Painted Autumn DSP and Big on Birthdays stamp set.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The card base is the same size as any regular card, but then you make a cute little box using the DSP and a lid using cardstock and place it into a 2″ square cut into the card base.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

It sits across the card like this…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The idea of the box is to hold a little gift.  So, I used the DSP to make a necklace to slide into the gift box.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Here’s another view (lots of photos in this post!)…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I always love a coordinating card & gift option and this style of card takes it to the next level!!!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I can see many of this style of card in my stamping future!

It doesn’t fit in an envelope – but that just makes it the perfect gift for a colleague’s desk or on a placemat for a birthday dinner!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

My next project takes us from deluxe to a great card, with limited supplies…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The DSP is so stunning with beautiful patterns.  You can use them as a background – like the arrow stripes (my favourite in the pack!!!) or by fussy cutting the patterns for a centrepiece – like the sunflowers.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Add some ribbons and a favourite sentiment and your stunning card is done in a flash!

The sentiment is from the Just Add Text stamp set.  Find it on page 167 of the Annual Catalogue.  Filled with great fonts & beautiful words, it’s great for all those friendship, gratitude & all occasions cards.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Speaking of wonderful things, it has been lovely to hop with the Stamping Sunday design team again.

To keep going, hop on to Yvonne’s blog and see her gorgeous projects!

To see everyone from the Stamping Sunday design team who’s hopping today, click on the blue frog for a full list.


Thanks for hopping with us!  It’s always lovely to be able to share our projects with you.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Favourites

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Hey there!!  Thanks for joining our Paper Adventures team blog hop for October!

The theme for this hop is ‘favourites’.  I wanted the team to share some of their style and personality with you – so keep hopping to learn more about what makes stamping fun for them!

If you haven’t started here, then you may have hopped over from our guest designer – Angela Meiritz-Reid.  She is every bit as gorgeous in person as she is online and we are delighted she agreed to hop with us today.

Next up is the host with the most – Siobhan Fitzsimmons!  Click on ‘next’ at the end of the post to see her favourites!


Siobhan hosted us at her beautiful homestead in the Perth hills on Sunday.

We turned our regular team meeting into a whole day retreat.  It was a wonderful luxury to share craft time with an amazing group of ladies.

The creative part of the day was filled by shoebox swaps.  Every team member designed a project and brought everything they needed to complete the card – all in a small box.

The cards were beautiful, with a gorgeous variety.  You might see some of them tonight!

Here’s an action shot of the shoebox swaps.  Thanks to Siobhan for the excellent photography!

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop October | kelly kent

This is what my swap looked like all packed into the box…

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop October | kelly kent

And once it was made…

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So, my favourite???

It’s new things!  There’s nothing more exciting to me than the privilege of owning new stamps, ink, paper & tools!

My card features two new products  – Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) and a cute new stamp set called Colour Me Happy.

Here’s my beautiful markers….

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

They are an absolute dream to colour with!  The easiest alcohol markers you’ll ever use.  And they match our existing colour range!!

My card features three of the marker duos – Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight & Pool Party.

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Demonstrators were lucky enough to have a special ordering period for the new Stampin – available for everyone to order.  If new things are your favourite too and you’d like to be able to order first (and at a discount!), you should join our Paper Adventures team. Click here for more info!

If being a demonstrator isn’t for you just now, the Stampin’ Blends will be available to purchase on 1st November 2017.

Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

With 3 catalogues a year plus limited edition releases, there’s never shortage of new favourite products to own!!!

Next up on the journey of favourites is Siobhan Fitzsimmons – she has a favourites list as long as mine, so I can’t wait for her to narrow down just one favourite to blog about!!!

Thanks to my amazing team, and our fabulous guest designer, Angela, for sharing their favourites!  I always love seeing what others are swooning over!

I know my wish list will grow seeing all the fantastic projects!!!

Luckily, there’s always a stamping order just around the corner in my house!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

 

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In Love With the Merry Patterns Reindeer

It might be his sweater, but there’s something delightful about the reindeer stamp in the Merry Patterns stamp set.

Merry Patterns is an exclusive stamp set only available during September & OCtober this year – which means you have 13 shopping days left to earn him.

All orders of $450 or more will include this awesome stamp set in your box!

Orders can be just yours, or a combination of yours, your family &/or your friends.  Sweep those order together, email them to me and get your paws on this cute Christmas set!

Here’s a card we made at class earlier this month:

Merry Patterns Reindeer | kelly kent

I love Night of Navy, white & silver for a classically modern Christmas combination.

Merry Patterns Reindeer | kelly kent

And of course, snowflakes again! {swoon}

To place an order, simply contact me direct or visit my online store.

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Another Bronze Adventure!

The Paper Adventures team continues to soar to great heights.

The latest Adventurer to earn a promotion was Siobhan, now enjoying a 25% discount with her Bronze Elite status!

This is the bronze inspired card I made for Siobhan…

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Love the Foil Snowflake?  This one is heat embossed with Copper embossing powder!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

It looks scary, but it’s so easy to do!  Sponge your Versamark pad directly onto the snowflake, coat in embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.  If you missed any spots, you can go back with some more Versamark & powder and heat again.

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

The copper embossing looks great against the new Champagne foil!


Don’t tell my stamps, but I’ve been spending a bit of time lately with a different hobby – vinyl lettering.

It feels like everything that could be vinyled, has been!  Like any fun new hobby, it’s addictive.

I love being able to make custom creations that coordinate with the cards I made.

The bronze theme continued for an awesome mug for Siobhan.

We share a love of good quality teas!  And also a tendency to stay up too late stamping.

So, a vessel for some ‘late night stamping potion’ seems appropriate!

Vinyl | kelly kent

And then scissors on the back to keep with the craft theme…

Vinyl | kelly kent

Endless possibilities!!!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Nothing quite as special as a custom gift – which is why being a papercrafter brings me so much joy.  I love presents, but I love personalised presents more!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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