Social Stamping | sympathy

Welcome to Social Stamping – the first of the monthly hops focused on social greetings as themes.  If you joined us for any of the 15 weekly Social Stamping hops, you’ll be familiar with the blog hop style, linked to each other and also a main blog host post.  Click here to see a full list of designers participating today.

Today’s theme is ‘sympathy’.  Sympathy cards can be very hard to make.  The elements of the card – the colour choices, the theme, the stamps, the layout – it seems to carry more weight when the job of the card is to express to someone how much we care.  I wanted to make a card that covered feeling sad and the new Boho Indigo stamp has has the perfect sentiment – “sorry you’re feeling blue”.

I really love the Boho Indigo Product Medley with it’s serene blue tones and beautiful imagery in the stamp & die set.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Flowers are a great way to express condolences and a good theme for sympathy cards.  The stamps and dies in this project set make it easy to create visually stunning arrangements in no time at all. I’ve used a combination of the vase (Smoky Slate), flowers (Misty Moonlight) and leaves (Seaside Spray).

I came across this style of card on Debbie Henderson’s blog recently.  She called it an interlocking card – and I just love it!!!

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The finished card is the same size as a standard Australian card (A6) and fits in a normal C6 envelope.  To create the gap needed for the slider, you cut the card front down by 1/8″ to allow for the slider mechanism to sit snugly down the gap.  The card base is 8-1/8″ x 4-1/8, scored at 2″ from each end.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The slider is made using two labels or tags held together with Foam Adhesive Strip.  I used two of the same size die from the Tasteful Labels set, cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock and held together using a piece of Foam Adhesive Strip.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

It’s so simple but so clever – my favourite kind of card!  I can see this being my new favourite as it will fit any style or theme of card.

I’ve added the flowers & vase to the slider and also a piece of ribbon to act as a pull tab.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Next blog to visit is by Julia Quinn – who makes gorgeous projects in sunny Queensland.

Enjoy your weekend.  I hope you don’t have a need for many sympathy cards, but if you do, I hope this hop has provided some helpful inspiration!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | sympathy

Hello!  I started Social Stamping Blog Hosts back in March when COVID first started affecting our day to day life in Australia and we were in our first experience of lockdown.  It was a way to stay connected with each other and share projects in an online platform while many of us were at home.  Visit week 15 of the weekly Social Stamping posts to see all the topics – with links to each theme.  The themes were chosen for their relevance to the COVID experience and it was wonderful to see how they were interpreted and expressed through creative designs using paper, stamps & ink.

The next phase of our Social Stamping Blog Hosts have moved to a monthly hop with themes of social greetings.  They weren’t in any way meant to be related to COVID, but this month’s theme of “sympathy” still seems particularly relevant.  I wonder with COVID being so all encompassing at present, that everything in our world will somehow form ties to this pandemic we are living through.

It’s July 2020 and the world has undergone a humongous change.  It’s been 5 months of change, chaos, adaptation, adjustment and emotion.  We are living through the evolution of this virus – we are part of the research, action and analysis.  For some there’s been a huge amount of loss and grief and for others a wonderful amount of reflection and positivity.  Many of us have experienced the highs and lows of this pandemic rollercoaster.

While things are fairly stable here in our Western Australian bubble (for now), our east coast has had a spike in transmission and virus numbers.  My heart goes out to friends who are in Victoria and back into a lockdown environment. The first time around was challenging.  I’m not sure if the second lockdown is heartbreaking, or a sense of resigned de ja vu.

I’m also thinking about family and friends around the world who live in an area that is yet to feel like they are winning against the fight, where numbers keep rising and they feel vulnerable to the spread of the virus.  Socially distanced virtual hugs!

Sympathy cards are by far one of the hardest type of cards to make.  I’m looking forward to the inspiration on this hop, to be able to draw on the layouts, colours and designs of my crafty friends to make this task a little easier in the future.  There’s a full list of participants below, please enjoy the talents of my wonderful stamping friends!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures | celebrating the wins

Our Paper Adventures Team had a team meeting on the weekend – which is always a highlight on my calendar.  Is there any better social occasion than a cup of tea and cake with friends who share the same passion, great conversation, lots of laughs and an opportunity to get inky – all in the space of a morning!

The topics of conversation vary at meetings but we usually discuss the catalogues – favourite products and things we might have missed noticing, team news – who’s doing what and any Stampin’ Up! news.

As part of the meeting, I had the delightful task of congratulating Lisa Whitehead who has shown great innovation and dedication over the past 12 months and promoted to Bronze Elite level.  This means she earns herself an extra 5% commission on everything she sells to her customers and 5% extra discount on her own personal spending.

This is the card I made her to go with a personalised gift…

Yay You! | kelly kent

The Stitched Triangles Dies were a must have for me from the Annual Catalogue.  I love anything stitched, and the geometric finish of the triangle shapes makes them super fun to work with!

Yay You! | kelly kent

Don’t you love how the light catches those letters!  The Playful Alphabet Dies were another first love from the Annual Catalogue.  The light catching the Copper Foil on these letters makes the card shine!

Yay You! | kelly kent

And for that extra bit of wow, I’ve added the foil to the Foam Adhesive Sheet before running them through the Die Cutting Machine.  It’s so easy but so effective.  If you buy the Playful Alphabet Dies, you must buy the Foam Adhesive Sheets as well!

Yay You! | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Bermuda Bay, Bumbleebee, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with Copper Foil letters on a Whisper White base.

Congratulations again to Lisa – a well deserved promotion!  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Jar of Flowers

Hello there crafters!  Thanks for joining me today.  I’m hopping with my friends around the world as part of the Stamp Review Crew where we showcase a Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  Today it’s the Jar of Flowers stamp set – and the coordinating suite of products, which includes a punch, shaker domes, ribbon, DSP and more!

I love the array of flowers that this stamp set comes with.  And of course, I L-O-V-E the Jar Punch.  Coordinating bundles are a win in my book!

The first card I’m sharing today features the sunflowers.  Sunflowers are just so bright & cheery.  Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

This suite has been created with a focus on the 5 new In Colors.  They are featured heavily in the Flowers for Every Season DSP and provide an excellent colour palette to base your project colour combinations on.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

I love the combination of white, yellow & blue together.  The sunflowers have been painted using Bumblebee & Cinnamon Cider ink using a Wink of Stella Pen – so they are extra shimmery when you see them up close!

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

I added more sunflowers to the inside – because I love a good carry through of a theme!!!  This suite is perfect for layering – the colours coordinate, the DSP matches and the accessories bring it all together.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The Jar of Flowers stamp set is one of the few image only sets in the catalogue.  This is a purposeful design feature so that you can match it with all your favourite sentiment sets.  I’ve used the Happy & Birthday words cut separately from the stamp in the Happiest of Birthday stamp set.  This is a great staple for every crafter.  Birthday cards are the most common type of card sent (accounting for half of ‘everyday’ cards sent), so it helps to have a fabulous set such as this in your collection.

For the second card I’m sharing, it’s really about the whole suite – featuring the DSP, punch, dome shakers, ribbon and the long stripey stamp from the set as a straw to create an M&M milkshake slider card!

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The flap the shaker dome sits on lifts up from the card front revealing the way to the M&Ms.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

When you pull out the sliding piece, the mini M&Ms fall out of the back of the jar.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

And once the recipient has enjoyed all the yummy chocolates, they can still enjoy their card.  Or they can fill it up again and send the card to a new chocolate lover.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The shaker domes that coordinate with the punch and stamp set add so many more options on how to use this set.  The domes can be filled with an array of small pieces.  I’ve seen a great tool themed card where the jar was filled with nails, bolts & screws – what a fantastic idea!!

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

For more fabulous ideas, please keep hopping and visit the blogs of the other Stamp Review Crew design team members.  They always come up with inspirational projects.

Next stop is my gorgeous and always creative friend Lou Kitzelman.

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

A Miss Papercraft Birthday | Frozen Again!

It’s hard to believe that the first Frozen movie was released in 2013 and Disney’s ice empire has been a family favourite for almost 7 years!

Little Miss Papercraft had a first birthday extravaganza with a Frozen theme in 2014 (see the decor fun here).  Fast forward 6 years and we did it all again today!

There’s some wonderful snow themed products coming up in the new Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue, which I had the pleasure of pre-ordering this month.  This catalogue is available to customers from 4th August 2020.  My regular customers will receive their copy of the catalogue this week.  If you need a copy of the Australian catalogue and don’t have a demonstrator, please let me know via email or Facebook.

Using a combination of new product, Annual Catalogue favourites and retired gems, this is the Frozen inspired birthday card I designed for Miss Papercraft.

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the retired Magical Mermaid stamp set and the card base is also a retired favourite – Blueberry Bushel.

When you wind up the snowflake in the middle, it spins around…

This is the reverse side of the snowflake…

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

The Snowflake Splendor DSP is new – you’ll find it in the upcoming Aug-Dec Mini Catty.  I’ve embellished it with Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems (also new) and Basic Rhinestone Jewels.

I already had snowflake dies, which are long retired, but kept in my stash for Frozen like occasions.  Although, I was super tempted by the gorgeous Snowflake Wishes bundle in the upcoming mini.

I did invest in some Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper – it’s nice to have some sparkle again after Stampin’ Up! retired the previous colour range of glimmer paper.

To make a spinner card you’ll need the Layering Circles Dies and twine to adhere the spinning element.  I used the Night of Navy, white & silver twine from the Flowers for Every Season Combo Pack.

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

The card was personalised with the birthday girl’s name in blue glimmer.  I used the Playful Alphabet Dies for these letters, and also the ‘7’ on the spinning element.  The inside layer was textured using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and the labels for the card (the name panel and the circles on the spinning snowflakes) are from the Tasteful Labels Dies.

I added the writing panel for this card to the back of the fold, so I could write a full message without worrying it would be seen through the spinner hole.

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

Did you spy the party favour bags in the background of the card photos?  I used the snowflake die (retired) in blue glimmer with a new stamp from the Warm Hugs stamp set.  (Given Olaf from Frozen enjoys warm hugs, this coincidence made me smile!).  I teased apart the same twine used on the cards for a thinner (and differently coloured) version to attach them to the bags.

Warm Hugs | kelly kent

I had a total fail on the coordinating wrapping paper for the theme, but couldn’t go past this pink unicorn roll from Kmart!

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

Here’s a picture of the birthday girl looking beautiful with her Frozen inspired face paint.  If you live in the Bunbury area and need a face painter, contact Shelle’s Fancy Face Painting – she was amazing!  Click here to visit her Facebook page.  She also does school holiday workshops and other awesomely creative things!

Images © kelly kent

The girls got to choose their design – each one with a super cute bling cluster to make them feel like the princesses they are!   I couldn’t bear to make Miss Papercraft wash her face before bed tonight!!!

Happy birthday to our gorgeous 7 year old!!!!  May your adventures of the next year be ‘cool’ and ‘royal’!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | weather

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

As the weather chills down here in the south west of Australia, weather seemed like a great theme for the July 2020 Paper Adventures team hop.  I’m never more aware of the weather than when it’s cold.  I spend my time both enjoying the lashing of rain (I love a good storm) and wishing it away as I wait for warmer days.  My favourite season is definitely summer!

We welcome Leonie Stuart today as our guest designer.  I love Leonie’s elegant style and beautiful nature and was so happy she was able to join us for this hop.  If you’re a blog subscriber of Leonie’s and have joined us via her blog, thank you!

Weather is such an powerful topic.  We talk about it, we enjoy it, we hate and we often base our activities around the weather that Mother Nature has delivered.  There’s nothing better than having an excuse to stay inside and craft all day because the weather is awful outside!!!

With the cold weather making life a little chilly, I bought a gorgeous little heat pack buddy for a friend who is turning two this weekend.  I couldn’t resist making a card that matched the design….

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

I love using inspiration from around me to make cards!  Like all good punch art creations, this is a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Lots of it is hand cut.  The In Good Taste DSP provided excellent texture for the bottom part of the card and the top is Sahara Sand with Tasteful Textile embossing.

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

My current favourite way to finish a card is to add the Playful Alphabet letter dies with foam adhesive sheet.  The effect is awesome!

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

This card just makes me smile!  The heat bag monster is such a happy little character – it’ll be great for cold night snuggles!

Stay warm and keep hopping with our guest designer Leonie Stuart.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the weather plays nice for whatever activity you have planned!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List:

Just Add Ink #514 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  Today’s project is a design team card for the Just Add Ink Challenge.  I’ve chosen a colour combination for the team to create with and I can’t wait to see what they – and you – do with it.  Every JAI theme is a challenge which means we ask you to join in too.  Add your project to the gallery on our blog (click here to visit) – your project could be the winner!

I had a totally different project in mind for this colour theme.  Little Miss Papercraft turns 7 on the weekend and with a Frozen themed birthday party, this would have been perfect!  I even preordered some delightfully snowy themed products from the upcoming Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue (aka the Holiday Catalogue), but sadly, they got held hostage by Australia Post and didn’t arrive in time.

So, instead, I have used the colours to create a cute birthday card using some of my favourite Annual Catalogue products.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The flowers on this card are from the Boho Indigo stamp set (part of the Boho Indigo Product Medley).  This is a hidden gem of the Annual Catalogue and such a fun set to own!  I used the coordinating dies in the kit to cut the feature flowers (Pool Party & Pretty Peacock) and the Vellum flourish.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I’m in love with the simplicity of this set.  I cut the largest size of the stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies, stamped the “B” in Pretty Peacock, ‘is for’ in Smoky Slate and white heat embossed the ‘birthday’ on Pretty Peacock cardstock.

You could use this simple layout for just about any card and with the other stamps in the Monogram Messages stamp set, you could easily adapt the colours for any type of birthday, baby, hello or celebration card.  There’s cute little picture stamps as well as the letters & words.  Did I mention how much I love this stamp set?

Now it’s your turn to work your magic on these colours (or the closest colours you have in your stash if you don’t use Stampin’ Up! – a soft aqua, a deep teal and a light gray).  Upload your project using the challenge colours and share it in our gallery.

Thanks for supporting the Just Add Ink challenge.  We love having you share your talents with us each week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Freshly Brewed Projects | Tags or Labels

Hi!  Thanks for joining me and some of my stamping friends for a Freshly Brewed Projects Hop hosted by the lovely Leonie Schroder.

The theme for this week is “Tags &/or Labels”.  I love a good tag, so I couldn’t resist joining in with this one.  The last Freshly Brewed hop I was able to join in for was the One Sheet Wonder theme – and it has been a constant source of inspiration for me.  You can see the last hop by clicking here.

The tags I am sharing today are made using the stamps, dies, paper and ribbon from the Boho Indigo Product Medley.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

I was on the fence about ordering this suite of products, but boy am I glad I did!  Lets start with the DSP – it’s 48 sheets (8 each of 6 double sided designs, so 12 different patterns) in Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.  I have a real thing about blue at the moment, so this is just perfect for me!  In the past, some of our most popular DSP patterns have been blue based.

Boho Indigo

The kit also contains a complete stamp and die set.  I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box that these are stored in the same way that our usual stamps and dies are (DVD case & plastic pouch) – so they fit right in with the rest of your collection and don’t get forgotten about in a kit box somewhere in the depths of your craft shelf.

And if you haven’t already been spoilt enough with a full pack of DSP, unique stamp set and coordinating dies, you also get 2 rolls of ribbon, embossed cardstock, printed accents (with gold foiling) and paper flowers.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

You can use the supplies in the kit to make everything your heart desires from tags to cards to scrapbooking pages to home decor to packaging.  There’s some great project ideas on page 9 of the catalogue, and of course, Pinterest is full of ideas too.

My tag were made using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch on a 2″ wide strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  They are 3-7/8″ in length, which gives you 12 tags per A4 sheet of cardstock.  I always like to work out the maths on creating tags to get the best combination from a single sheet.  The DSP across the bottom is 3/4″ high by 2″ wide.  I needed 4 strips of DSP (half a sheet of DSP) per sheet of cardstock.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

The vase is cut from Night of Navy cardstock using one of the vase dies.  The branches are stamped in Crumb Cake ink.  I set this up on my Stamparatus for quick & easy stamping on all the tags I made.  It also enabled me to stamp twice, giving me a deeper colour.  The gold ribbon is a gorgeously rustic type of gold – the perfect tone to blend with the richness of the Night of Navy!

Finally, the tags were finished with a thank you sentiment from the stamp set.  I used the tags for the paper share I coordinated for my team with ribbon from the kit.

Here’s a look at the gorgeous ribbons from the Annual Catalogue all bundled up in a Mini Paper Pumpkin Box.  If you haven’t yet spied these in the Annual Catalogue, you’ll want to add them to your next order.  They are a fabulous way to package sweet little gifts including notecards or chocolates!  When made up they are approximately 5-7/8″ x 3-3/4″ x 1″ (14.9 x 9.5 x 2.5cm).  So cute and petite!

Ribbon Share | kelly kent

I hope you find some inspiration on this hop to add a tag or label to your next project.   It’s the perfect solution when you just need a little something!

Next up on the hop is the artistically awesome Kathryn Ruddick

Thanks again to Leonie for hosting.

Participant List:

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

One Sheet Wonder | Playful Cats

One of my favourite activities recently has been cutting a super sweet piece of 6″ x 6″ DSP down into pieces to make 4 cards using a One Sheet Wonder template I designed.  You can see here for the original OSW post.

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

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″

Last month I participated in a blog hop with my ESAD friends and used the One Sheet Wonder template to create a series of cute dog themes cards.  I had plans to make a cat set too – and although I made these weeks ago, I’m only just getting around to sharing them now!

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

The colours for this set are Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick (retired) and Basic Gray.

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Grumpy cat is definitely my favourite of this DSP – no sentiment needed!!!

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kentThe Monogram Messages stamp set works well with this theme – C is for CAT 🙂

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

I love the birthday stamp from the Fancy Phrases stamp set, together with the label die from the Hippo & Friends Dies.

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

This cat is just adorable too!  The Playful Pets DSP is perfect for dog & cat lovers – with a beautiful modern style and images that you can cut – or use as a full sheet!

I hope you’ve had some time this weekend to get your craft on!  Short of creative mojo?  Choose a piece of your favourite DSP, cut it up using the template above and whip up 4 cards in no time at all.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Playful Alphabet | Baby Card

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love being able to personalise cards. Many years ago we had sets of dies for letters and numbers. This catalogue we have a new set with letters AND numbers. And it’s glorious! They are a great size for cards, scrapbooking and 3D projects – everything. You get multiples of the most commonly used letters and extra symbols. You might be surprised to see they are only $59 (Australian store).

I used them to make a personalised baby card for a special little lady who joined the world last month.

The letters are mounted on the new Foam Adhesive Sheets to make them stand out. I cut each of the letters for ‘Samantha’ in Mint Macaron card and the foam before sticking the layers together.

The panel behind the letters is Watercolour Paper stamped with hearts from the Monogram Messages stamp set in Just Jade and Mint Macaron and die cut using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I’ve flicked the layer with the green toned inks for a little extra texture.

The card has been finished with a Whisper White card base and a strip of Greenery embossed Whisper White Cardstock.

If you *NEED* to add the Playful Alphabet Dies or any other Stampin’ Up! Supplies to your stash, my online store is open & available for orders 24-7. Click here to shop.