Stamping Blindfolded!

I spent some time on the weekend housesitting for Nanna Papercraft.

Of course I had a play in the craft room while I was there!  But it was like stamping blindfolded – I could find anything!!!

Isn’t it funny how you get used to your own system of storage & organisation!

I got there in the end but it took lots of hunting to make this baby card.

One of the best parts of being in someone else’s craft room is using stamp sets that you haven’t yet gotten around to owning.

I haven’t yet acquired the Baby Bear stamp set – but thought it would be fun to play with!

Did you know…. Baby Bear was the most popular un-bundled stamp set in the 2016-2017 catalogue!

It’s easy to see why – the texture and detail in the bear is beautiful!

Thanks Nanna P for letting me roam free in your craft room.  If there’s anything missing, it wasn’t me!


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Colour INKspiration #05

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Did you love the colours from last fortnight for Colour INKspiration?

We had so many people enjoying the bold & beautiful purple & yellows!!

This week for Colour INKspiration, we take a softer turn into the pastels.

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This trio of colours lend themselves so nicely to so many occasions!

My initial thought was a pretty wedding card…

Colour INKspiration #05 - Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I had the idea to create the background piece by repetitively die cutting the floral centrepiece die (hexagon shaped die) from the Window Box Thinlits until the cardstock piece was covered.

I then overlayed it on the bokeh piece of DSP from the Falling In Love DSP.  This DSP pack is perfect for this challenge!!!

Once the background was finished, I added my sentiment on an oval stitched shape and decorated with a pink flower & blue butterfly.

Colour INKspiration #05 - Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Sometimes finding ways to keep within the constraints of the challenge colours is the best fun of a colour challenge!


I loved the wedding card, but  I couldn’t shake off the idea of using these colours for a baby card.

How cute are these little babies from the Moon Baby stamp set?

This card for some oh-so-cute twin boys born just a little while ago.

Colour INKspiration #05 - Twin Babies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Even though it was a traditional baby blue theme I was going for, the pink worked beautifully for a shower of hearts as they drifted down!

Colour INKspiration #05 - Twin Babies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m so happy with this card!!!


Please join us with your Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand creations!

You can add any neutral or metallic to complete your artwork.

All designs need to uploaded to our Facebook page to be in the running to win our top 5 crew pick and overall winner for the challenge.

Can’t wait to see what cards & other projects are inspired by these soft & beautiful colours!

Next stop on the hop for more sweet inspiration is Julia Quinn

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CASEing the Catty #114 Sending Love

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Hi there!  As we get closer to a big week of love, today at CASEing the Catty, we’re being inspired by the “Sending Love” pages of the Occasions catalogue – pages 14-19.

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When I say a big week of love, I’m not kidding in my house.

Next week sees Valentine’s Day, our wedding anniversary and Miss Papercraft’s 6th birthday.

There’s a few cards still to make on my to-do list!  I should have multi-tasked, but there was a photo in the catalogue that I couldn’t go past.

I’m totally in love with the cute images from the Moon Baby stamp set, and love the catalogue sample.

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But it was the ‘swirly’ type embellishment that caught my eye.

This and the cute bow die was the sole reason I bought the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits!!!

So, when I saw it in the catalogue, mixed with the Moon Baby stamp – I knew I had to CASE it!


I wanted a softer, more traditional colour pallette for my baby cards, so I created pink & mint versions.

CASEing the Catty #114 Sending Love. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The dotty background was a bolder version of the subtle splatter on the sample card.  I made it by stamping the spotty stamp from the Perpetual Birthday stamp set in Blushing Bride or Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate & gold heat embossing.

CASEing the Catty #114 Sending Love. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I swapped the rectangle for the largest stitched circle – because so in love with those framelits.  And it’s all about love this week!

CASEing the Catty #114 Sending Love. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And finished the card off with the sweet ‘twinkle twinkle’ sentiment from the stamp – gold embossed of course!


Thanks for sharing another blog hop with me!  I hoping you’re enjoying all the weekly inspiration from my blog and my stamping friends.

Next up is the lovely Elizabeth Gross & her take on the same photo inspiration – you’ll love what she’s created!!!

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Please join us on Facebook to share your own creation inspired by the Sending Love pages of the Occasions catalogue.

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Visit again tomorrow for another inspiration filled hop!!!

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Just Add Ink #345 Sketch

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This week at Just Add Ink we’re creating to a sketch designed by Narelle.

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I love this sketch and could make a dozen cards without blinking using the circles as my starting point.


It’s been all about new products lately, so I’m taking a pause and going back to some Annual Catalogue favourites with this foxy little baby card…

Just Add Ink #345 - Photo Inspiration. Foxy Baby Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love the products in the “A Little Foxy” suite.

For this card I’ve used all of them – the DSP, the punch and the stamp set.

Just Add Ink #345 - Photo Inspiration. Foxy Baby Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Plus sentiments from the Tin of Cards stamp set.

You can see the ‘hello’ in this photo with a sneak peak of the inside of the card too.

I’m still working making the insides pretty as my 2017 goal!

Just Add Ink #345 - Photo Inspiration. Foxy Baby Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Be sure to check in with the Just Add Ink blog as see what the design team have made this week.  So many wonderful ideas all from the same sketch!

You’ll see lots of them feature the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies – because they are awesome.  If you haven’t ordered them yet, you should!!!  Click here to view them in my online store.

Please join us for the challenge this week and upload your card to the Just Add Ink blog.

This sketch is so easy to use – and will set you on the pathway to your own amazing creation!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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Zoo Babies Bendi Card

After the happy news of Picture Perfect, it’s the sad news of a favourite card retiring.  Zoo Babies has been one of my go-to baby & 1st birthday sets for the last … forever!

I’m glad I got a chance to make & share this bendi card with you before this set is gone forever.

Zoo Babies is available in clear & wood…


Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you made a bendi card before?  I first saw the idea when Nicole Wilson made her fabulous Botanical Gardens bendi card, which we recreated in a class a couple of months ago.

Since then I’ve made a few bendi cards, which I will share with you over the coming weeks.

The Zoo Babies bendi card was particularly special though as it celebrated one of the Team Papercrafters becoming a Mummy again!  Congratulations Siobhan on the arrival of baby Samuel!

Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bendi cards use tabs & slits to hold their shape when standing, but can be dismantled for storage or sending.

Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Zoo Babies are so cute and I am going to miss them!  But, wait til you see what baby sets we have to play with in June!!!


Want to make your own Bendi card?  There are heaps of great tutorials available via a Google search.  I have mapped out the measurements I used based on Nicole’s sketches (thanks Nic!) but with some tweaking so you could make 2 bendi cards from one piece of Australian sized A4 cardstock.

I’ve tried my best to explain the instructions below – I hope it helps you to be able to create your own bendi card!  Kelly x

Bendi Card Measurements - Australia Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

In writing, the basic instructions to make all your pieces are:

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock along the long edge to 5-1/2 (you’ll now have a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ piece of cardstock)
  • Cut this again along the ‘new’ long edge at 4-1/4″, then again at 2-1/2″ (the final piece will be 1-1/2″)
  • On the biggest piece, measure in 1-1/2″ from the right edge and 3-4/” from the bottom edge and mark a 1-1/4″ line.  Cut this with a craft knife (note: don’t do the “I” pattern as shown on the picture – this is just to show where the line starts & finishes).
  • On the next size piece, score 1/2″ from the left edge and 1/4″ from the right edge.  Create a tab on the right by cutting out the top & bottom 3/4″ sections.
  • Then, measure 2-1/2″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the bottom edge.  Mark a 3/4″ line and cut with a craft knife.
  • On the smallest piece, score 1/4″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the right edge.  Create a tab on the left by cutting out the top & bottom 1/2″ sections.

To put your card together:

  • Sit your largest piece flat in the orientation shown on the measurement picture.
  • With your middle size piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere (with strong adhesive such as Tape & Tear) this to the left edge of your largest cardstock piece
  • With the smallest piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere this to the right side of the largest cardstock piece.
  • To make the card bendi, slot the tab from the middle size cardstock piece into the slit on the largest cardstock piece.  Then slot the tab from the smallest cardstock piece into the slit on the middle sized cardstock piece.

Decorate your Bendi Card & wow your recipient!!!

Zoo Babies Two Ways

When creating cards, I often make two at the same time.  There is a number of reasons for this but the two mains ones are efficiency (I can make two cards in almost the same time as one and then I have an extra one to add to my stash) and one piece of cardstock gives two C6 card bases – so it just makes sense!  Usually I make two of exactly the same card.  But sometimes the finished products have subtle differences that result in two unique cards.  And that’s what happened with my Zoo Babies cards.

My aim was to make a ‘congratulations’ card for a friend who just added baby Hector to her world.  As the name suggest, Zoo Babies is perfect for baby cards!  The first card I personalised with a “H” and the second card I added a few more animals to create height.  Same same but different.  My basic colour combination of Night of Navy, Old Olive & Daffodil Delight was inspired by the Colour Coach and I then added in Real Red to brighten it up a little.  My ‘sweet baby’ banner is from Itty Bitty Banners, cut out using the matching Framelits.

Do you love the ‘stitching’ around the edge of the card mat?  I do this quite a lot – I think it gives the cards a nice ‘finish’.  Using a Stampin’ Write Marker (I used Basic Black), draw little dashes along the four sides of the cardstock.  It doesn’t have to be even or neat, just somewhat straight to follow the edge.  The more you do it, the better you get at it.  I find the Stampin’ Write Markers result in the best finish.  Gel pens can leave gaps in the middle of your dashes and look patchy.

I encourage you to start thinking about making two cards at a time.  The hard part about making any card is the design, so once you’ve got that sorted, it would be a shame to just make one card!  Plus, you’ve already got everything out… or if you craft like me, you’ve dug through the pile of products on the table to find everything!  Hehe!!!  Have a great day, Kelly x

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