Stamp Review Crew | Forever Fern

Hello Monday (in Australia!) & welcome to another Stamp Review Crew hop.  I’m joined by my stamping friends from around the world as we all share projects made using the same Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  You can find the full list of participants and link on the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Today it’s the Forever Fern stamp set and coordinating Forever Flourishing Dies.

This is one of those sets where the dies really complement the stamp set, so I know you’re going to see some wonderful projects today using the whole suite.

I really enjoy experimenting with the styling of a stamp set that has quite a strong theme in the catalogue.  There’s lot of green tones in this suite, so I’ve taken the turn to the left and gone pink.

Forever Fern | kelly kent

The inspiration for this card started with wanting to use the Gold Hoop Embellishment.  They are just the sweetest!

Forever Fern | kelly kent

I mixed my embossing colours with gold, silver and white on the same card!  White for the sentiment on Basic Gray cardstock, silver leaves on Sahara Sand cardstock, gold leaves on Sahara Sand cardstock and silver splatters on the card base.  I figured while I was mixing it up, I’d try out a few different things.

Forever Fern | kelly kent

The card base is Rococo Rose layered with Whisper White and more Rococo Rose. The embossed layer is the 3D Brick & Mortar folder. And the ribbon is the new Metallic Mesh Ribbon and the Braided Linen Trim from the Annual Catalogue.


There’s more Forever Fern projects waiting for you by clicking the next button through the hop.  From here, you’re travelling to the US to visit the wonderful Holly Krautkremer.

Thanks for joining the fun with us today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Social Stamping | 24 Aug 2020

Social Stamping has been going strong in term 3 with Mandy Depiazzi and Narelle Simm joining me to host this fun & creative card making session every week.

It was my turn to design the cards for yesterday’s class.  We’d had requests from some of our regular stampers to make teen and masculine cards, so that was my aim.

The first card started off as a series of black and white pieces, which I shared on my Instagram Stories. Don’t follow me yet?  You’ll find all my cards on my page and some bits and pieces of my day to day activities in my Instagram stories.  Click here to follow.

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All that black & white turned into a colourful birthday with the help of Stampin’ Blends.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The “HAPPY” is from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set – stamped on the Stamparatus using the hinged stamping technique to get even spacing.  In the between spaces we stamped ‘happy birthday’ from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.  And then we added more “HAPPY” using the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet, coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  The stripes on the card base are coordinating Stampin’ Blends using the brush end.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

For those that preferred a more muted colour combination, there was an ombre option too…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The second card was inspired by a card in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue (pg 29) using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gears Dies.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The catalogue is such a great place to check in for inspiration.  The sample in the catalogue was an invite, but I changed up the sentiment using the Well Said stamp set for either a Father’s Day or birthday option.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The background is Cajun Craze cardstock with Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing.  The layers are a Night of Navy 2″ strip of cardstock punched with the Banner Triple punch, a 2-1/2″ circle (this punch is now retired but there are similar options in the Layering Circles Dies) in Misty Moonlight cardstock that has been scrunched for a grungy look and a car from Geared Up Garage stamped in Real Red ink & die cut with the coordinating Garage Gears Dies.  Some Linen Thread finished the look and a sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Stampers had the option to fussy cut around the words or punch with the Classic Label punch.

This card brought about the most creativity of the day.  There were a few happy accidents with the embossing which led to sideways layouts and cards with fantastic ways to style the words including a sign post variation.

Although there’s a design to guide you, Social Stamping classes are all about having fun and I was so happy to see the stampers letting their inner creativity shine.

Social Stamping | kelly kent

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to join us for Social Stamping, we’d love to see you there!  The next session is Monday 31st August at 9.30am at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.  RSVP welcome but not essential via my Facebook page.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Peek-A-Hoot Dies | Unicorns

I shared a post a couple of days ago with my top 3 products from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.  You can see the full post here including the cutest card made using all three products.

If you’re a take home message kinda person, my top 3 was:

  1. Banners Pick A Punch
  2. Peek-A-Hoot Dies
  3. All the new DSP! I used the Heartwarming Hugs in my card.

I promised that the Peek-A-Hoot Dies were super versatile and an absolute must-have for your collection.  The three part window component of the Peek-A-Hoot Dies create a fabulous structure for your project.

Here’s what they look like when combined with the unicorn stamp and sentiment from the Hippo Happiness stamp set (one of my top recommendations from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!).

This is the revised edition! When I originally posted this card, I had completely forgotten to add horns to the unicorns! Whoops! Thankfully I have amazing friends looking out for me!!

I have turned the card so the dies are being used in landscape orientation, but otherwise the elements of the card are largely the same.

The DSP for this project is Playing with Patterns, which inspired the colours for the unicorns and cardstock in each window.  The cardstock for the windows is embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.

The unicorns are Daffodil Delight & Bumblebee, Blushing Bride & Rococo Rose and Highland Heather & Gorgeous Grape.

I added a banner in the top corner using the new Banners Pick A Punch with some white twine.  The twine is retired but I’m finding it so hard to give up that I’m just gonna keep using it til I run out or Stampin’ Up! bring it back!!!

The stitching around those boxes adds such a sweet texture to the card.  I have so many ideas on how I want to use this set that I’m already planning another card and blog post to share soon!


I hope your weekend is wonderful and filled with lots of creativity!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #516 | Photo Inspiration

The theme for Just Add Ink this week is a totally gorgeous Christmas inspiration photo.  Christmas in July!

But…… I’m not ready for Christmas!  This year is rushing by and I need a few moments before I start the Christmas crazy.  So, I decided to use the styling and colours of this beautiful scene to inspire a birthday card.

So Much Happy | kelly kent

The Happy Dies were top of my list from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue, but it’s taken me this long to get them out of their packet.  So glad I got them!  The ‘happy’ die is super easy to use and creates the lovely bold sentiment strip in the middle of the card front.

So Much Happy | kelly kent

To add some texture, I embossed the top and bottom section of the happy panel (after I cut the happy) with the 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. The embossing behind the ‘happy’ letters – inspired by the wood pile in the fireplace and is from a new embossing folder in the upcoming Aug-Dec 2020 mini catalogue called Wrapped in Texture.  It’s a set of two in the slim style and although part of a Christmas themed set, you’ll be able to use this all year round.

I added in the stars in colours that matched the baubles from the inspiration photo – Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness & Blushing Bride. The ‘birthday is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set – stamped in Magenta Madness.  I love how vibrant that pink is!

So Much Happy | kelly kent

If you’re ready for some Christmas cards and this inspiration photo gets a creative spark going, we’d love for you to join the challenge and add your card to the Just Add Ink blog.  If you’re like me, and not ready for Christmas, there’s plenty of other great themes in the inspiration photo that you can use for your project!!!  Please join us either way!

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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

Just Add Ink #461 | Inspiration

The photo inspiration from Rachael this week for Just Add Ink couldn’t be more perfect for me.  It’s my favourite colours and it works beautifully with a new bundle that just arrived on my doorstep from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

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When I first saw this in the catalogue, it was instant love.  Over the years, I’ve used different methods to create silhouettes.  I just love the effect of having the solid black image against a colourful background.

Here’s what I created using the beautiful swinging girl stamp and the weeping tree die…

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The yellow background panel for the card was made using the new Pigment Sprinkles.  They come in a pack of six Stampin’ Up! colours.  I’ve used Daffodil Delight in two stages to get different intensities of the gorgeous yellow tone.

The swinging girl was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black embossing powder.  I love the solid colour of black embossing powder.  When using the silhouette stamps, you are best to set up your Stamparatus and ink at least twice (if not three times).  This will give you a truly solid image in whatever colour you are using.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The Smoky Slate background of the card also features something new – 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.  I was so excited by this too!!!   Stampin’ Up! have decided not to make us wait for new embossing folders & dies while they continue to perfect the design on the new cutting & embossing machine.  These products will still work with whatever die cutting & embossing machine you own, but you may need some workarounds in the short term.  This 3D embossing folder worked in my Big Shot (which is quite a tight roll) with two upcycled shims – a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard that comes with our foil packs and a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard from a DSP pack.  You may have to try a few combinations to see what works in your machine.

The workarounds are totally worth it though – there’s some gorgeous new 3D folders in the new catalogue!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment on this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  Many of my favourite sets in the Annual Catalogue don’t have birthday sentiments included, so this set will be on regular rotation to keep up with all the birthday cards I want to send throughout the year.


To see all the design team cards using this gorgeous photo inspiration, click through to the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your card to the linky and enter the challenge.  Be inspired by the colours, patterns, shapes, theme or anything else that jumps out to you!

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