Congratulations Dr Kat!

After many years of hard work, my very clever sister-in-law was not going to let COVID interrupt her plans to finish her studies and become a vet. We were so very proud of her this month when she attended her registration day and got the certification that allows her to commence her journey as a working vet! Official graduation to follow, but I’m told the real excitement is the official paperwork!

Such a momentous occasion couldn’t go without a personalised gift to start her working life with the right accessories. How cute is this coat hanger from Our Heavenly Hangers. I added the paw print to keep on theme.

Dr Kat | kelly kent

The card was made using the colours of her university – Real Red and Basic Black. I’ve been really enjoying the dive into my retired supplies lately – of which there are many as the years go on! The mortar board hat is a square of black cardstock with a gold tassel. The numbers are the Large Numbers Dies and the stars are from the Perpetual Birthday stamp set and the Curvy Christmas stamp set. From my current stash, the ‘congratulations’ sentiment is from A Grand Kid stamp set.

Dr Kat | kelly kent

I also personalised a mug since everyone working lots of hours as a new grad needs coffee to keep them going!

Dr Kat | kelly kent

Wishing Dr Kat every success on her journey as a vet!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Birthdays are the new Christmas | Fine Art Floral

I loved making Christmas cards but I really missed sharing birthday cards with you in December. It wasn’t that I wasn’t making them, it was just a flat out focus on Christmas and all that entails!

Today’s birthday share uses more new product that you’ll be able to order from 5th Jan 2021. One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is being able to view and buy from catalogues sooner than their release date. I purchased these products as an early Christmas present to myself in December!

Fine Art Floral | kelly kent

The DSP does all the heavy lifting for this card – gloriously hand painted by a clever artist and then printed as DSP for our craft projects. It’s called Fine Art Floral and is part of the suite of the same name in the upcoming catalogue.

Fine Art Floral | kelly kent

Also from this suite is the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder which I’ve used on the Pool Party banner. The sentiment is from another new product (different suite) called You Are Amazing stamp set. It’s a fun set with sentiments for a range of occasions in pretty fonts and great styling. There’s a kit that coordinates with this stamp set – you’ll love the colours and prints that work with this stamp set!

Fine Art Floral | kelly kent

The final touch is a metallic foil banner using the pennant die from the Stitched Triangles Dies set.

If you don’t have a copy of the new catalogue starting 5th Jan 2021, I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Please email or message me with your address – I can post Australia wide.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Birthdays are the new Christmas | Snail Mail

With Christmas behind us, it’s time to get excited about the upcoming mini catalogue!!! There’s lot of love in the new catty – the problem won’t be what to buy, it will be how to order your wishlist!!! There’s also the bonus in January and February of Sale-A-Bration gifts with every $90 you spend.

My favourite suite of the new catalogue is Snail Mail. Whilst I can’t say snails are my favourite insect in real life, the crafting version is unbelievably cute.

The suite features a stamp set, coordinating dies, DSP and twine – all so pretty in colours I adore.

The sentiment is a mix of the Snailed It stamp set and a Sale-A-Bration {FREE} set I’m loving called Approaching Perfection.

The layout for the card is the rip & flip technique – a fave way to use DSP that is pretty on both sides. I’ve layered that on top of the Fine Art Embossing Folder – another gorgeous new product from the Jan-June mini.

Lots of birthday love to the people who have birthdays in late December!

Birthdays are the new Christmas | gold pineapple

Happy Boxing Day! As we head into that glorious period between Christmas and New Year where we are lucky enough to all be on holidays here at Papercraft HQ, it’s mighty hard to remember what day it is! But with nothing on the agenda other than what to eat next and when we’re next going swimming, that’s not really a problem!

How was your Christmas yesterday? Did some of the most lovely presents under the tree have your name on them? Did you get to spend the day with family & friends? Was the day peaceful and merry? I hope at least one of these things happened for you, if not all three. We had a lovely day with my family – eating, drinking and enjoying the beautifully warm weather.

As well as celebrating Christmas at this time of the year, we also celebrate my brother’s birthday, which was just a few days before Christmas.

As well as a board game he wanted, I took a gamble on getting him pineapple cider for his present. It was a lucky choice and he loved it! Not one to pass up the opportunity to coordinate a gift and card, this creation was a mix of the gift bag his present was packed into and the pineapple cider theme.

Gold Pineapple | kelly kent

The pineapple die cut is from the In the Tropics Dies in Basic Black for the fruit and Gold Foil for the leaves. The DSP is from a retired one from my stash – I’d tell you which one but I can’t find it now! My retired DSP stash is extensive – I can’t bear to part with any of it in case it’s perfect for a card in the future (like this one).

Gold Pineapple | kelly kent

I kept the front sentiment free and added ‘happy birthday’ to the middle in gold metallic ink – another retired favourite. The Approaching Perfection stamp set is a new one you’ll be able to earn for free in Jan & Feb 2021 with any $90 purchase as part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion.

Approaching Perfection | kelly kent

Simple is good when it comes to those guy cards!

Happy birthday to my baby bro. You can check out his beautiful photography on his instagram – The Life of Py.

Birthday Brother | kelly kent
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Christmas Cheers!

It’s Christmas!!!

Sending a very Merry Christmas to you and your favourite people.

Just a quick share today….

Christmas Cheers | kelly kent

Using some retired favourites and some products soon to join them on the retirement list, this card coordinated well with some gifts I made for family & friends this year.

Christmas Cheers | kelly kent

Warm Hugs stamp set – used here for the heart and Christmas tree – is already sold out. If there’s anything from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue on your wishlist that you haven’t yet added to your shopping cart, it might be time for a little Christmas retail therapy today!

Christmas Cheers | kelly kent

Sending lots of positive Christmas vibes your way today for a day that is filled with amazing company, great food and cold drinks!

Cheers to a wonderful Christmas – with love from Papercraft HQ xxx

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Twas the Day Before Christmas | Merry & Bright

Happy Christmas Eve! We made it to the day before!!!

If Paper Pumpkin won Christmas for me this year, the Peace & Joy bundle stole my heart!

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

From the layering stamps and dies to those amazing teeny tiny little block words, this stamp set was the perfect sentiment option for the bright & bold this Christmas!

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

It also had accessory stamps such as the cute holly I’ve used to dress up this card.

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

If you need cards in a hurry today, this banner layout using stripes of 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″ DSP (I used Heartwarming Hugs) and the Triple Banner Punch. Add your favourite – or closest to hand – Christmas stamps and you’ll have a set of cards ready to share in no time at all!

If you celebrate Christmas tonight, I hope your celebrations are wonderful. If you have toys to construct, presents to wrap, food to cook or a house to clean, I wish you patience and hope there’s some frivolity & joy in your preparations.

One more sleep (hopefully a full night of it!!!)

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Twas the Week Before Christmas | most wonderful time of the year

If you’ve seen my other Christmas posts, you’ll see that my Christmas style is varied and although there’s some red & green in there, my favourite Christmas creations are usually of the non-traditional colour combination kind.

Here’s some of the colourful fun of Christmas 2020….

Today I’m adding this sweet card with pastel tones to the collection.

Most Wonderful Time of the Year | kelly kent

It uses a combination of products you’ll find in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue including

  • Tree Angle stamp set
  • Wrapped in Christmas stamp set
  • Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders
Most Wonderful Time of the Year | kelly kent

You’ll also find some Annual Catalgoue items

  • Stitched Triangles Dies
  • Stitched Stars Dies
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • Classic Label Punch
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Gold Foil
  • Vellum
  • Coloured cardstock: Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride
  • Inks: Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy
Most Wonderful Time of the Year | kelly kent

This design could be changed up and made in Christmas traditionals – or any of your favourite colours! You could also swap out the stamps and use whatever you have in your collection to create your trees and a favourite Christmas sentiment.

You are most welcome to copy any of my designs in their exact form. Or, start with this and see where the creative journey takes you!

Two more sleeps! Are you still making Christmas cards & gifts or are you all done? My Christmas crafting has been never ending cycle of thinking I’m done and then having another idea for something I “have to make”!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Twas the Week Before Christmas | Social Stamping

We were lucky to run Social Stamping for a large part of 2020 – with a break in the middle while we responded to the pandemic situation. 2020 saw Mandy Depiazzi and Narelle Simm share the hosting duties, which meant we were able to run more regular sessions at the Taste of Dalyellup.

We loved hanging out at Taste of Dalyellup this year. If you need a last minute Christmas idea (in the Bunbury area), then a gift card for this amazing cafe is perfect! With a choice of $15 or $50, it comes in a handcrafted gift card holder – another one of my projects this year!

Taste of Dalyellup | kelly kent

The other project I’m sharing with you today is a card we made at Social Stamping, but I haven’t yet shared. The cards in these classes are a great balance of simple enough for any level of crafter, but interesting enough for any level of crafter!

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

This card uses the Curvy Christmas stamp set and Curvy Dies. The Curvy Dies will continue to be available in the upcoming Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, but the limited edition Christmas stamp set is only available until 4th Jan 2021 (or until stocks run out!). If you’d like this set for your Christmas crafting in years to come, then you’ll want to order it soon! Click here to see it in my online store – add the host code XN43CDU4 to receive a little extra something from me after Christmas.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

The curve of the stamps in this set coordinate with the dies to create a pretty Christmas scene. Even the sentiments follow the curvy pattern!

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

We can’t wait to stamp with you again next year. We post all the details on Facebook, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss the details, then follow me over there. Click here to jump over to FB.

See you tomorrow on the blog for another Christmas card to inspire your last minute stamping creations!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Twas the Week Before Christmas | Paper Pumpkin

The Paper Pumpkin Kit absolutely stole the show for me this Christmas. This box of gorgeousness is just $37 and included the most amazing stamp set, materials to make 8 cards (including envelopes) and an ink spot to keep in your collection.

That teeny tiny photo of the stamp set at the bottom there doesn’t do justice to just how pretty it stamps! I haven’t actually made any of the cards from the kit, but I did cut up the card bases and made lots of this variation…

Joy to the World | kelly kent

This style of card is from the Double Wonder layout I shared earlier in the year. See the post here. It’s a great way to add a bit of fancy to a card without doing too much to it. The Cherry Cobbler DSP is from another out of catalogue limited edition product – Classic Christmas DSP as part of the Curvy Celebrations release.

Joy to the World | kelly kent

The centrepiece for this card uses the beautiful stamps from the set. I’ve also used them in the middle of the card. The fonts and the styling are so pretty! This could go in the middle of all your Christmas cards!

Joy to the World | kelly kent

The Classic Christmas DSP also has Shaded Spruce version of each pattern, so I made a green version too!

Joy to the World | kelly kent

The strips of DSP and Paper Pumpkin card base are 1″ wide with the card base scored at 1-1/8″ and folded over. One card base will get you 4 alternates in this design – simply add Crumb Cake card bases, Whisper White, coordinating cardstock and DSP and you can turn one Paper Pumpkin card into 4!

Joy to the World | kelly kent

If you order this kit today, you won’t receive it in time to make this year’s Christmas cards, but it will give you plenty of time to make for Christmas 2021 and be ahead of the silly season!!!

Click here to see the kit in my online store. Use the host code XN43CDU4 to receive a Christmas bonus from me in the mail in January.

4 more sleeps til Christmas! Good luck with your Monday to-do list!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Twas the Week Before Christmas | Team Gifts

Hello! It’s been a very quiet blogging month for me. Behind the scenes I’ve been spending almost every night crafting up a storm, which has left very little time to share those projects with you. Blogging is a delicate balance – too much time spent photographing, editing, watermarking, uploading and writing posts means too little time spent making!!!

The balance is important here at Papercraft HQ. My time is always a juggle between mummy duties, paid work (I’m a paediatric Speech Pathologist) and having a social life of my own! I don’t think I always got it right in 2020, but on reflection, its been a year full of lots of amazing, so I can’t complain!

To catch up on what I’ve been up to, I’m aiming to share a project a day with you for the rest of 2020. The week it’s all about Christmas. If you’re a deadline crafter like me, then you may still have some cards to make in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re all done and dusted on Christmas crafting for 2020, then make sure to save your favourites to Pinterest for next year’s creative endeavours!

Today’s project to share is my team gifts for 2020. This year our team celebrated twice – a lunch in Mandurah (the half way point between our Perth & Bunbury teamies) and a lunch and team class in Bunbury.

The concept for the jars started as a ‘motivation pot’. I wanted the team to have something on their desk that they could dip into when they were feeling a little low on crafty mojo. What better way to inspire creativity than a little sugar?

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

I also stamped and added some positive sayings from a beautiful Uniquely Creative set I was gifted by a friend. If sugar doesn’t do the trick, then hopefully some words of affirmation help to get those creative juices flowing again!

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

The jars for the project were from Kmart. The rainbow was the inspiration for the accompanying tag – and has become my motif for this Christmas. It was drawn freehand with the brush end of Stampin’ Blends, which means I can create it in any colour and match it to the project or wrapping. The stamps are from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set (a little christmas wish), Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (heart) and my name is from a personalised stamp I own. I’ve been using Night of Navy and other dark inks lots this festive season an an alternative to black. They stamp so nice and bold!

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

The saying on the top resonated with me and I hope with the team too. I’m a big believer in the philosophy of our actions and reactions being a choice. I choose kind as my action and positive as my reaction and outlook. I’m looking forward to reading a book recommended by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass called Adversity is the Way by Ryan Holiday (some good “holiday” reading – pun intended!!!).

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

Lucky for me our team is wonderful and so supportive of each other in both our creative endeavours and everyday life.

There’s always room for more on our Paper Adventures team, so if you love stamping, we’d love to have you join us and craft the live you love. Click here to purchase your Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit and join us!

Have a great week! Christmas countdown is on!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com