Social Stamping | baby

Hello friends!  It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another Social Stamping blog hop with my wonderful Stampin’ Up! friends.

Today we’re making and sharing baby projects – an ode to the start of spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.  You can see all the details about this theme and the full list of participants by clicking here.

I love stamp sets with a cute baby theme.  There’s a large portion of my retired stash that are baby sets I can’t part with.  For today’s card I wanted to use a set that doesn’t jump out as a “baby set” but has included the pieces needed to create a cute ‘just hatched’ card.

Dino Days | kelly kent

This fold uses a normal card base with the top corner cut off and the front folded back on itself.  When closed it looks like this…

Dino Days | kelly kent

The baby is from the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I am in love with those scripted letters!

Dino Days | kelly kent

The dinosaur, egg and sentiment are from the Dino Days stamp set and Dino Dies.  So cute!

Dino Days | kelly kent

I added some embossing with the Woodlands Embossing Folder on the background panel and the Hammered Metal on the egg.

Dino Days | kelly kent

The DSP for the card is from two different packs.  The yellow is from the Whale of a Time DSP and the jade is from the Flowers for Every Season DSP.  My go-to colours for a neutral baby card are yellow and green, so these colours and patterns worked well.  When I look at the yellow pattern, I see dinosaur scales!

Dino Days | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today.  Next up on the hop is Andrea Sargent – you’re going to love what she’s sharing!  Keep hopping until you get back to where you started.  There’s lots of great projects to see!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  School holidays have just started here and we’re enjoying some family time!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | baby

All seasons bring change – but I really love the changes of spring.  If I was writing this blog post at the beginning of the month, I’d probably be reporting a very different spring experience.  But here we are almost at the end and I’m start to get those spring vibes.  The days are longer, the weather has just a hint of balminess and the paddocks are full of babies.

Which brings us to today’s theme – baby! Let’s celebrate the season of renewal – trees growing back their leaves, plants producing flowers and all those spring babies joining the world.

Thank you to all my stamping friends who are joining me today for today’s Social Stamping hop.  I can’t wait to see all the cute creations!!!  Enjoy the hop – the full list is below.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Andrea Sargent
  3. Michelle Strazds
  4. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  5. Kathryn Ruddick
  6. Julia Quinn
  7. Lisa Whitehead
  8. Narelle Simm
  9. Lou Kitzelman
  10. Chantell Randall
  11. Denise Buetler
  12. Sandra Collett
  13. Sheila Pybus

 

24 Hour Stamp Sale

There’s a fabulous range of stamp sets available in the 24 hour sale – click here to view photos of each set in my online store.

My fave is the

Here’s the full list – check it against your wishlist.  There’s some great sets on there that I bet you’ve been eying off for a while but haven’t quite got around to ordering yet!

Use the host code when ordering online to receive a bonus gift from me: PBVHAMRW

Stampin’ Up! runs on Eastern Standard Time, so this sale is already live and finishes on Wed 23rd September at 9.59pm WA time (11.59pm EST).

Happy shopping!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Have a Hoot

Hello!  Thanks for joining me and my stamping friends around the world for a Stamp Review Crew hop.  Today we’re all creating using the Have A Hoot stamp set and Peek-A-Hoot Dies.

I’ve blogged before about how much I love this bundle – so I’m excited to join in with a hop that celebrates it’s awesomeness!!!

My card is a Christmas card in non-traditional colours.  I love the classic red & green combo but I really love Christmas in blue!

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

The base for this card is Misty Moonlight with a Seaside Spray mat.  The top layer – cut with the awesome 3 part tag die from the Peek-A-Hoot Dies is Whisper White.  The sentiments are white embossing on Night of Navy cardstock and the “OWL” letters are Flowers for Every Season DSP.  They are of course the Playful Alphabet Dies (another favourite!) with Foam Adhesive Sheets to make the letters pop!

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

I love being able to customise cards so they are meaningful.  For this card, I stamped the two owls together and also the owls on the branch and layered them to recreate my family dynamic.  Any guesses who the rouge little one jumping at the back might be???  They are easy to colour using Stampin’ Blends.

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card appeals to my ‘punny’ side.  Another variation is to leave out the little owls and use the two snuggly owls with “TWO” letters (‘from two of us’).

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

This stamp set has it all – images you can colour, super cute sentiments (in a fabulous font) and great accessory stamps.  The fact that it has amazing coordinating dies (and the tag frame) is a wonderful bonus!  The sentiments in the set also cater to Halloween – which is great for me because I rarely buy a dedicated Halloween set and then always end up wanting to make something at the last minute in late October!


I have one more card to share with you.  This one combines the sweet little owl with the Gift Wrapped bundle (also from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue).

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

Next up on the hop is my beautiful and creative friend Lou Kitzelman.

The main post for this hop is available at the Stamp Review Crew blog (it may not be live until later today, so check back if it’s not up yet).  You can also see previous hops where you’ll find inspiration for so many favourite stamp sets.

Thanks for hopping with us.  Have a marvellous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | sketch

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

Hi!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop where our Paper Adventures team get together on a Friday night once a month and create projects with a shared theme.  Today it’s a fabulous sketch and we’re lucky to be joined by Gail Ellis from Blue Rose Paper Treasures as our guest designer.

This fun sketch was designed by Narelle. I’m so excited to see what the team does with it.  I’m either incredibly literal with sketches (for this one think holly, circle and rectangle) or I run away on a complete tangent!

Today’s creation is a little liberal with the circle turning into a square and the holly becoming a gnome.

No Peeking | kelly kent

I had an idea when I saw this sketch where the gnome was peeking out from behind a present with a tag saying “no peeking”.

No Peeking | kelly kent

How cute is the ruffles of the bow from the Gift Wrapped stamp set?  I’ve paired it with Heartwarming Hugs DSP.

The tag is from the Little Treat Box Dies – such a cute little size with gorgeous stitched detail.  And you’ll recognise the gnome peeking out from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set.  I had to hunt a little for the sentiment – I knew I had a ‘no peeking’ somewhere and found it in the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.

No Peeking | kelly kent

There’s lots more of the team to share their creations if you keep clicking on the ‘next’ links to each blog until you get back to where you started.  The full list of participants is below.

From here, you are visiting our amazingly talented guest designer Gail Ellis.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend filled with all the things that make you happy!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List

Happy Quarantini Birthday

A gorgeous friend of mine celebrated her birthday last week.  Together, with her family, she has been caught up in the chaos that is COVID.  After many false starts, lots of tears and a great amount of hope, they have finally made it home to Australia from their working holiday in Canada.  They are currently serving out their mandatory 2 week hotel quarantine period in Perth and I’m super excited that they’ll be back in Bunbury very very soon!!!

It’s not every year you have to spend your birthday in isolation, and although I had hoped not to again need the Sharing Sunshine pdf released by Stampin’ Up! earlier in the year, there seemed no other way to celebrate a quarantine birthday than with a Quarantini.

Happy Quarantini Birthday | kelly kent

If you’re unable to breathe natural air and only see the sun through a window (that you can’t open), I thought some OTT rainbow glimmer was in order!

Happy Quarantini Birthday | kelly kentThe sparkle on this glimmer (available in the Annual Catalogue) is unreal!  The rainbow effect just adds to its awesomeness!

Happy Quarantini Birthday | kelly kent

The background for this card was stamped using ink tones to match the rainbow glimmer.  I had already cut this stamp from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set into three pieces (Happy + little-bit-late + Birthday) so I just took the Birthday stamp set and stamped it all over the background.  The colours are Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape & Rich Razzleberry.

Happy Quarantini Birthday | kelly kent

The “happy” for the card is a die set in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue called Happy Dies.  It comes with a great range of accessory dies including a stitched edge, banner pennant and cloud strip.  I can’t wait to have a play with the rest of the dies in the set.  It’s always nice to have a set with great potential for creativity.


Welcome home to my wonderful friends – there’ll be lots of post quarantine celebrations after your (hopefully) once in a lifetime COVID birthday experience!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

In Good Taste | new home

I was asked by a friend to make a new house card.  Is there a better combination for this theme than the In Good Taste DSP (filled with home textile patterns), Home Together Dies (I bought these for exactly this theme) and Playful Alphabet Dies (for making the sentiment perfectly customised!).

New Home | kelly kent

This card is very neutral in it’s tones and makes me thing of a display home with a fabulously neutral colour scheme ready to add some pops of colour and a personal touch!

New Home | kelly kent

The little home & heart die is my favourite in the set and just so cute!!

New Home | kelly kent

Although I almost always make standard A6 size cards (half an A4 sheet folded), I wanted the long space of a DL sized card (8-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ folded in half).

Seeing all the earthy tones of this card makes me want to make another one in glorious bright colours!  That might be a good project for today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Old Fashioned Birthday | Whiskey Business

The Whiskey Business stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue is a wonderful mix of fun and serious all at the same time.  It’s a great theme for anyone who loves drinks that come with ice in a lowball tumbler – or anyone who can appreciate this as a nostalgic nod to ye-old-timey symbolism.

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

The styling in this set is perfect and I couldn’t get away from needing to craft with rich colours and bold patterns.  The DSP is from the World of Good pack – which has rich brass tones running through it and is perfectly moody for a whiskey card!

The whiskey bottle and glass were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black.  The colouring is Bumblebee ink which is a vibrant but deep yellow tone that looks like a good whiskey!  I’m not a whiskey drinker personally, but a little internet search tells me that it comes in many colours from clear through to yellow, amber and brown tones.  You could have some fun with colouring the variations!

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

The layout for this card was CASEd from Rochelle Blok.  You can see her original card here.  Rochelle repetitively stamped along the back panel which I loved – but particularly the way it all lined up down the left and created white space on the right.  I’ve used the ‘cheers to you’ stamp in Misty Moonlight – lined up on my Stamparatus. The spacing of this stamp didn’t work for hinge stamping, so instead I’ve used the Grid Paper you can buy for your Stamparatus and while keeping the stamp in place on the Stamparatus, I’ve moved the cardstock up every 1/2″ until I’ve stamped all the way up the page.

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

I just love the sentiments in this stamp set – especially this one!  There really is something special about getting an ‘old-fashioned’ birthday card in the mail.

I hope you have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Just Add Ink #522 | Sketch

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by my Just Add Ink card for this challenge.  It’s a fun sketch that you’ll be able to use for all occasions.

I’ve used it to create a Christmas card using fun new products.  I think it’s time I embraced Christmas 2020 – I’ve been avoiding it so far!!!  But it seems it’s time since Christmas treats are back in stores again – mince pies, fruit cake and puddings.  I LOVE the iced fruit cake from Woolworths and would happily eat it all year if I could!  What’s your favourite sweet treat that’s only available once a year?


This card features some of my favourite products from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue – Trimming the Town DSP and Joy Dies.

Trimming the Town DSP | kelly kent

I cut three different patterns from the DSP using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, the sentiment from the page of text in the DSP and the ‘joy’ from the Joy Dies.  The 3 step layering of the sentiments in this set is just magical!

Trimming the Town DSP | kelly kent

I really love that the Trimming the Town DSP has red, green and blue as the main colours throughout the sheets.  If you’ve seen my Christmas creations in previous years, you’ll know that traditional red & green is about my least favourite Christmas combination!

Trimming the Town DSP | kelly kent

How is your Christmas card stock pile coming along?  Hopefully this sketch inspires you to add a few more cards to your stash.  We’d love for you to share your creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  Click here to visit.  You can also see all the design team cards there too for some extra inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

 

 

A Cut Above | Chainsaw Punch Art

We live and work around a roster based system which means we sometimes need to shift special occasions. Father’s Day was slightly delayed for 2020, so I’m only just sharing the card I made for Mr Papercraft!

The last few months have been all about the chainsaw as we collect wood to get us through the winter cold. A punch art chainsaw in Husqvarna orange (aka Pumpkin Pie) was the perfect theme for this guy!

The wood themed DSP is from the retired Wood Textures patterns. I love keeping all my old DSP – it’s been handy for more than a few cards lately!

The punny sentiment (which Mr Papercraft was sure referred to his current “mop” of hair that he’s so proud of) is made using the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet and snipped letters from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set.

Happy Father’s Day to all the shift work Dads! I hope you enjoyed being celebrated – whenever that may have happened!!!