Stamp Review Crew | Perfectly Plaid

Hello! There’s 5 Mondays in November this year, which means a bonus hop for Stamp Review Crew. The specially chosen extra set is a Christmas set from the Annual Catalogue – Perfectly Plaid. Did you spy the Christmas sets hiding out in our year long catalogue?

I’ve made two cards to share with you today.

The first is one that we are making at Social Stamping this morning (starting in just a few moments). Here’s the sneak peak if you are reading this before you come!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

It looks like a Santa Suit with buttons from the All Dressed Up Dies. The belly band – his belt – is removable…

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

And when it opens up, it’s both a card and a gift card holder.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I’ve used the sentiments from the Perfectly Plaid stamp – ‘ho ho ho’ is just perfect for Santa! And a Merry Christmas on the inside.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

For the second card, I couldn’t resist using my favourite tree image from the set. There’s three to choose from, and I just think this one is so sweet!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The colours and layout were inspired by the leafy hearts of the first hop of this month. You can see the rainbow leaf hearts by clicking here. The colours are: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay & Gorgeous Grape.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The trees were so easy to line up using the Stamparatus – and the hinge stamping means you get even spacing between the trees. This tree stamp in the set comes with a coordinating stamp that fills in the leaves of the tree – making it easy to add the pops of colour.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I added matching stars to the top (die cut using the smallest star die from the Stitched Stars set) as the finishing touch. It’s purposefully sentiment free, though I am still tempted to add a sentiment from a different set as the ones in the Perfectly Plaid stamp set don’t suit the vision I have for the card. Do you ever mix & match images & sentiments from different sets? It’s a great way to extend the style of a stamp set and give it new life.

Next stop on this international hop is the fun stylings of Mike Funke in the US.

Thanks for hopping with us today. If you need any supplies for your Christmas crafting, be sure to visit stampinup.com.au. If you already have a demonstrator, please shop with them. If you live in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator, you can add me as yours in the online store by searching for ‘Kelly Kent’ in the “select a demonstrator to shop with” field.

You can always message me on Facebook or Instagram with any questions you have or email me by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Pop Out Purse Card | Dressed to Impress

I’m constantly in awe of all the clever people out there and am proud to call many of them my friends.  When I saw this tutorial by Lou Kitzelman for the Best Dressed bag inside card, I knew I wanted to make one!  Now that the birthday girl has her card and present (delivery was slightly delayed pandemic but delivered today thanks to the kindness of a lovely friend), I can share my version of Lou’s design with you.

This is the front of the card – stamped using the Beautiful Friendship stamp set.  This matches the floral images in the Best Dressed DSP so nicely.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Lovely Lipstick base and Blushing Bride for the matted layers.  The stamping is Highland Heather, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Old Olive.

Undo the ribbon, open it up and see the pretty paper!

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The Best Dressed DSP is one of my all time favourites. I actually didn’t order it at first because I don’t love all the beauty themed patterns.  But the reverse side with the florals is just breathtaking!

Unfold the card one more time to reveal the bag in the middle!

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

How awesome is that???  Such a clever use for the bag from the All Dressed Up Dies.  The bag is embossed with the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder.

I added pink perfume from the Dressed to Impress stamp set to the sentiment panel and the ‘happy birthday’ stamp from the Birthday Bonanza stamp set.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The bag on the middle panel is perfect for an extra birthday gift (like the chocolates I put in this one), a note or a gift card.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

And then it all folds up again so compact.  Although thicker than a normal card, it still fits in a normal size envelope (snugly but it fits!).

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The design for this card is truly awesome.  To see Lou’s original version of the card and for more information about the tutorial, please click here.

Thanks to Lou for the inspiration.

Happy birthday to Caris!  And thank you to the birthday courier!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

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Hello & thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme today is “CASE the designer” and the designer is Sam Hammond Donald – aka “Pootles” from the UK.  We are touched that she has agreed to join us.  The friendship and kindness within the Stampin’ Up! community is amazing.  Sam is a million dollar earner with a successful blog.  She shares a project every day on her blog including cards & 3D projects. Sam is so generous with her time and talent – thank you Sam!

This is the card Sam made for our hop using Best Dressed DSP & Witty-cisms stamp set.

The team were encouraged to CASE (Copy & Share Everything or Copy & Selectively Edit) Sam’s design and create their own version based on the elements that influenced them.  It might have been the colours, the layout, the styling, the stamp set or the DSP.


I really loved that background and wanted to make it using cardstock rather than the Best Dressed DSP.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

I cut Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink and Purple Posy cardstock into random width strips and adhered them to a Whisper White base.  I then stitched around the outside to create a decorative border.  I really love stitching on cards.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Where Sam used the Witty-cisms stamp set, I’ve added in a favourite flourish of mine – a heart and flower combination and a white heat embossed “thanks” sentiment.

The heart is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, the flowers from Dressed to Impress bundle and ‘thanks’ from the Music From The Heart stamp set.

I’ve carried the flowers through to the middle layer of the card too. They are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy, Pink Pirouette (retired) and Pretty Peacock.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Although I cut the card up to achieve the background, this also works really well for those 1/4″ & 1/2″ strips that end up piling up on our desk when we’re cutting A4 sheets down into mat size.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Thanks to the team for always being so willing to join in the blog hop and to Sam for making it a special one this month.  In a time of certainty, it was lovely to have this sparkling moment in our week.

Next blog on the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons and her pretty creation.

Have a safe and happy weekend.  I’ll be spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and hopefully some self isolation (from the kids!) in the craft room!!!

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Stamp Review Crew | Dressed to Impress

Hello and welcome to the safest way to travel the world at the moment – through an international blog hop!  You’re currently visiting Kelly Kent in the South West of Australia, having jumped over from Nikki Spencer on the eastern coast.  This is my favourite beach to take the kids to swim – the inner harbour.  It’s always calm and is a great shallow depth for the kids to splash around in.

With COVID-19 having impact across the globe, I want to take the chance to give you a virtual hug and pass on my thoughts that you are all healthy & safe.

This virus is somewhat all consuming at the moment – it’s on tv, in social media and in everyday conversations.  In fact, unless you are in total media & social blackout, it’s very hard to avoid.  And that can be overwhelming and scary.  I love this Fred Rogers quote – look for the helpers!

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Scientists are rapidly building their knowledge of the virus and it’s behaviour, our public health teams are working around the clock to give guidance on policy & procedures that will keep us as safe as we know how and our global medical teams are amazingly taking care of business as people become unwell.

For anyone who ends up in some form of quarantine, isolation or social distancing, I hope your craft room provides you with some solace.  If there was ever a time to hibernate and craft til your heart is content – this is it!


The Stamp Review Crew are today sharing projects inspired by the Dressed to Impress stamp set and Best Dressed suite.  We hope we can provide you with some inspiration on how to use your supplies at home.

I love the mix of floral and cosmetic images in this suite.  So I’ve mixed those two themes to create this sweet card.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

The card base & base layer are Rococo Rose cardstock with Subtle Embossing Folder.  The background flowers were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then coloured in Stampin Blends (Rococo Rose, Pink Pirouette, Petal Pink, Pretty Peacock).

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

The centrepiece is labels from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies in Blushing Bride & Mint Macaron with a perfume bottle stamped in Memento & coloured with Rococo Rose & Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends. I love being able to make the perfume pink.  The matching dies (All Dressed Up) take away the need to fussy cut any of these images!

While I was studying at university to be a Speech Pathologist, I worked at a department store, and for most of my 5 years there, I worked in the cosmetics department.  I spent my weekends selling lotions & potions, perfumes & sprays, lipsticks & eyeshadows.  The perfumes in particular were always so mesmerising, in their fancy bottles and with their beautiful scents.  Chanel #5 is undoubtedly one their most recognised scents, but the pretty pink “Chance” was one of my favourites!

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

I’ve made this card into a Mother’s Day card, which is very organised for last-minute-me!  Please remind me of where I have stored it in 2 months time!!!

Next visit is to Charlet Mallett in the US –

Thank you for joining us!

Tea Party Trinkets

Miss Papercraft turned 9 this week.  See here for her birthday card and poster.

Now that there’s 3 mini mes at Papercraft HQ, they are on a roster for a big party, but I’m a soft touch when it comes to celebrating birthdays (I love celebrating birthdays!), so I make sure the kids have a celebration of some kind.  Miss 9 chose a tea party with a few of her friends from school.

It was a lot of fun to put together a high tea for little people!  We prepared a menu, I made food & drinks and we served using the fine china set gifted to me by Mr Papercraft’s Grandma.  Why is it that we always keep the “good stuff” hidden away.  It’s such a delicate and pretty set – I’ve made a resolution to get it out regularly!

Here’s the table setting ready for the girls…

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

I made them all a little bag as a table gift using the All Dressed Up Die.  I often find dies that make 3D items a little fiddly, but this set is a dream to use.  The tabs are lovely and wide and the bag does together beautifully.  You can add the straps in a variety of ways to create lots of different looks.  I’ve attached from the back corner to the front, using magnets to attach to the front for easier opening.

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

I added the strip of left over DSPf from the 12″ strip (I’ve used a retired floral pattern called Floral District) to a piece of white copy paper to make a cute coordinating placemat.  All those bespoke touches are what makes papercrafting so special to me!

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

The bags are a great size when made up. We filled them with an assortment of trinkets including a scented mini pen, hair elastic, lip balm, notepad and necklace.  The notepad was super easy to make to size by cutting down copy paper (2″ x 2-3/4″), punching with the retired Spiral Punch and clipping together with a cute mini clip.  The clips were on the Clearance Rack a little while ago (I love getting a great deal on cute Stampin’ Up!). Click here to see what’s currently available on the Clearance Rack.

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

The necklaces were made using DIY jewellery supplies with a 1″ circle punch in the same DSP as I used for the bags (did I mention I love it when things match???)!  You can find these on ebay by searching for 25mm Pendant Setting Cabochon Tray.  You’ll also need glass domes and a necklace chains.

How cute is this high tea cake stand.  I stumbled across it by accident last year.  The top layer is Banana & Raspberry “Ice Cream” (made using just those two frozen fruits in the Thermomix), pikelets on the middle layer and fruit kebabs on the bottom layer.  My kids insist on having marshmallows on the fruit kebabs!!!

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

If you’d like the All Dressed Up Dies to make their way to your craft room, you can shop in my online store by clicking here.

Good night!  It’s time for this birthday Mumma to head to bed for some much needed sleep!