Stamp Review Crew | Pampered Pets

Hello & hello Monday! It’s time to join my friends around the world for another Stamp Review Crew hop. The featured stamp set today is Pampered Pets. This cute set coordinates with the Pets Dies and Playful Pets DSP. The suite offers a complete crafting experience with trinkets and ribbon too! The stamp set and dies are carrying over to the next Annual Catalogue in May but not as a discounted bundle. All the accessories (DSP & embellishments) from the Playful Pets suite are retiring.

So far, I’ve made two other projects using the styling of this suite.

I used it last June to create One Sheet Wonder designs for the dogs

And last July to make a cat set

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

More recently I create a fun fold using the stamped images from the set to create some birthday cards.


Today I’m sharing another project set using the stamps, dies and DSP. This one has a pet sympathy theme using the ‘sorry for your loss’ stamp. It’s never nice for a family to lose a beloved pet, but it’s a good opportunity to send a card to let them know you care.

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

You can see I’ve stayed with the colours of the suite – Real Red, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo and Basic White. I’ve also added in some Cherry Cobbler to add some contrast.

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

I’ve chosen to leave the cat & dog images from this card. Not only does it make the card more versatile in your stash, but it also avoids any possibility of offending if the stamped pet doesn’t resemble their pet.

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

The die set has 5 awesome dies – 4 pets to coordinate with the stamps and the super cute paw prints you see on these cards!

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

I’ve added in dies from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. These are my fave hearts and I’m sad to see them on the retirement list!

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

I’m excited for you to see what the rest of the crew have made with this stamp set.

Keep hopping and visit my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman on the east coast of Australia.

To see the main Stamp Review Crew post for this hop, please click here.

If you need any of the Playful Pets suite, you’ll find the full range in the online store by clicking here.

Have a wonderful week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | brights

Hi there! Thanks for joining me and my Stampin’ friends for the first Social Stamping Blog Host of 2021. I started these hops in 2020 as a way to stay connected during the pandemic. I had no idea at the time we’d still be sharing projects as a group almost a year later! To see the full list of participants for today’s hop, click here to view the main blog host post.

The theme for today is the Brights Colour Collection. I think this is the happiest range of colours and projects made with these colours are fun and bold and interesting.

I’ve used the Brights DSP Stack – which is currently available in the Starter Kit for anyone who joins Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration. Sale-A-Bration finishes tomorrow (9pm WA time) so please message me this weekend on Facebook, Instagram, leave a comment here or send me an email if you need more information. Or, if you know how it works and you’re ready to join my Paper Adventures team, you can purchase your Starter Kit by clicking here. If it doesn’t find me automatically as your demonstrator, you can search for me using my name “Kelly Kent’ and location “Dalyellup’.

I made two cards for this hop so I could use all 10 colours in the Brights collection – Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape.

Brights | kelly kent

The first card uses Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight.

Brights | kelly kent

I cut the Detailed Hearts Die in Basic White cardstock and then again in the DSP so I could layer the hearts within the frame. So I didn’t waste any of the DSP, I cut 1.5″ strips of each colour and then cut out just the segments of hearts I needed.

I won’t lie, this card was time consuming – but it’s worth placing each of those little hearts into the space and filling it up with pretty colour.

Brights | kelly kent

The sentiment for both cards is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set – white heat embossed on black cardstock as I love the contrast of black, white and the pop of colour from the Brights.

The second card has been swirling around my mind for a while – I’ve had feathers on the brain! And the combination of Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape seemed like the perfect colour combination to make it come to life.

Brights | kelly kent

The feather die is from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies. The pretty scallop edge is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. And the die I’ve used for the hello there sentiment is from the Hippo & Friends Dies.

Brights | kelly kent

Next up on the blog hop for some more bright creations is my gorgeous team member Lisa Whitehead. Lisa took advantage of a joining special with Stampin’ Up! a couple of years ago and has just celebrated her 2 year Stampinversary.

If you’d like to get your hands of 5 packs (200 sheets!) of DSP just for buying a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit, then now is the time. This DSP will be available in the upcoming catalogue released in May 2021, so you’ll be among the first to have it in your stash. Click here to start adding items to the Starter Kit.

Thanks for hopping with us today. We look forward to sharing another colour collection again next month.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Happy Love Day 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day friends! It’s a big weekend of love here at Papercraft HQ. Yesterday Mr Papercraft and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, Little Miss Papercraft had her birthday and today it’s Valentines Day!

Back in early January, I used the Darling Donkeys stamp set (available for {FREE} during Sale-A-Bration until 28th Feb 21) to make Mr P’s birthday card. Click here to see it if you missed it.

So, it seemed like perfect coordination to keep the theme going and use another donkey from the set to make a card to cover all the occasions of this weekend.

Darling Donkey | kelly kent

Together with the perfectly named Love You Always Specialty DSP in elegant Sahara Sand, a Real Red heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, ‘love’ sentiment from the Well Written Dies and ‘you’ stamp from the Pretty Perennials stamp set, the donkey is just the cutest expression of love!

Darling Donkey | kelly kent

I hope your day is filled with lots of happy – with people you love and activities that fill your cup.

Sending lots of love from Australia,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #539 | Choose Two

After a fabulous blog hop earlier in the month, we are back to the regular cycle of Just Add Ink challenges. Today’s “Choose Two” challenge, selected by Di, gives you frames, banners and bow to choose from. Honestly, I could have crafted with all three of these!!!

I made two cards for this theme, with very similar layouts. As soon as I started thinking about this Choose Two challenge, it all came together quite easily. I’ve used the Stitched Rectangle Dies frame as a border for my card and added Banner Pick a Punch banners to the top left corner. I love both of these elements and it’s a layout I regularly pull out. I had to stop myself from adding a bow to the banner!!!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

This was my first play with the Kangaroo & Company stamp set and the coordinating Kangaroo Dies. Can I just say – I’m in love! The kangaroo stamps so beautifully and is so easy to colour. The extra pieces are the perfect size and provide great accessories for the sweet kangaroo. And everything you can stamp can be cut out with the Kangaroo Dies!

HELLO BABY

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

This card has the baby kangaroo in the Mumma’s pouch. When you die cut the big kangaroo, it cuts across the top of the pouch so you can slide the builder pieces in there. So cool!!! You can also add a message to the tag that slides in and out but I’ve left it plain and just have the novelty of the baby jumping out for some fun!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The DSP for these creations is the Hydrangea Hill DSP. It’s so pretty! It helps that the colours are some of my favourites to craft with! The hello baby card has tones of Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride, with a Crumb Cake coloured kanga. The sentiment was cut using a heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.

JUST HOPPING BY

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The second card uses more of the Hydrangea Hill DSP – this time in blue & purple tones with a Smoky Slate kangaroo.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The pouch is covered by the pretty floral bouquet coloured in Highland Heather, Seaside Spray and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment on this card was cut using a starburst style circle die from the Tasteful Label Dies.


Do you have a favourite layout that you love to return to? Sometimes a good layout is all you need to start that creative process and get you on the way to a gorgeous card!

To see more of the design team’s projects for this challenge, jump on over to the Just Add Ink blog. You can also join the challenge there and share your “Choose Two” project on our gallery.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #528 | Choose Two

Hello! Thanks for joining me for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week it’s a Choose Two theme; create any project using two of the options – sequins, ribbons or metallic foil.

I could have easily used all three of these fabulous crafting accessories and after some internal debate over which idea to go with, I ended up choosing metallic foil and sequins to make a Christmas shaker card.

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

The design for this card started with the ‘heartfelt Christmas’ sentiment from the A Merry Hello stamp set which led me to a heart themed layout!

Some of my stampers hadn’t noticed this super cute set at the back of the Aug-Dec Mini catalogue – have you? It’s available for free using Stampin’ Rewards, which you earn on orders over $250 (in Australia, other areas have different reward structures). Click here to shop in my online store, add your favourite products and earn “A Merry Hello” for free!

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

I love the hearts from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. Scallops and stitching – yes please!!! The different sizes allow for beautiful layering. I’ve used vellum in the middle for a different medium to create the shaker, and the Sequins for Everything mix in the middle. There’s 4 colour variations in the pack. I’ve used the green tones and the metallic tones to match the DSP.

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

I had originally planned to use a solid foil, but when choosing a DSP, I couldn’t resist the gold foiling in the Ornate Garden DSP. Of course we have a catalogue full of pretty Christmas DSPs, but after crafting with them for the last month, I felt the need to go with a different pattern. You’ll find the Ornate Garden DSP in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!

See the shaker in action…

I know you’ve all got sequins, ribbon and metallic foil in your crafting stash, so if you’re in need of some inspiration for a project over the next week, please use our theme and share your creation on our blog.

Have a great weekend,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Respectfully Retired | Mr & Mrs

Hello Fri-yay!  Another week down and another week done of 2020.  I’m currently taking a mini-break.  You’re reading a post that was written last week and has been scheduled to post today.  I love being able to share while still having some downtime to refocus and reconnect.

Today’s share uses some retired favourites with some new favourites for a custom wedding card.  I’ve been asked a lot lately to make cards for special occasions – a task which I thoroughly enjoy!   I keep a lot of retired products so that I can make cards that are just right for the theme.

This wedding card was for an outdoor country paddock wedding.  The invite featured native flora and I wanted to carry that through to the card.

Mr & Mrs | kelly kent

Products:

  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Shaded Spruce
  • Card: Gold Foil, Vellum
  • DSP: Wood Textures, Forever Greenery
  • Stamp set: To Have & To Hold
  • Dies: Be Mine Stitched
  • Embellishment: Linen Thread

Mr & Mrs | kelly kent

Being able to cut images from DSP saves me so much time in trying to get the colours right – the Stampin’ Up! artists have already coloured them so beautifully.  A little fussy cutting and those native inspired leaves are ready to go.

I love the crisp and elegant look of this card!  Thank you to my family and friends who trust me to make unique cards for their occasions.


If you don’t already follow me on socials (Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest), click on each of the links to see my accounts.  It’s a great visual summary of my creative style.

Enjoy your weekend – I hope it involves lots of craft time!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | hello from kelly

Hi there and thanks for stopping by my project for the first Social Stamping blog host.  I organised this during week as an opportunity to connect us during this crazy time – either by joining the blog host as a designer, or by visiting the blogs as a crafter.  You can see the master list of participants and a bit of background about the blog host in this post (click here).


With a little bit of extra time on my hands, this was my chance to put into action a project I’ve been thinking about for a while – a card with a light circuit.  You can buy LED kits but they are quite expensive.  Being a girl who is good with maths & science, I decided that if I had all the pieces, I could probably do it myself.  As it turns out, I can and I did!

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

The little light between the lantern and the tree branch lights up when you press the heart.

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

How cool is that???  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ and a piece of copy paper the same size.  From the copy paper I cut out a 2-5/8″ circle and used this as a mask over the Whisper White to blend three tones of pink into a circle “moon”.  Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose & Melon Mambo.  To see more about ink blending, visit this blog post I wrote in Feb.

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

I then added a branch from the Seasonal Layers Dies in Soft Suede cardstock, watercoloured lantern on Shimmery White cardstock from the Power of Hope stamp set (available as a Sale-A-Bration reward until 31st March 2020) and ‘hello’ sentiment from the Free As A Bird stamp set in white embossing powder on Rococo Rose cardstock.  The heart (from the Be Mine Stitched Dies in Melon Mambo cardstock) in the bottom right corner corresponds to the battery placement and is where the card recipient will press to close the circuit and make

Once all this was set up, I knew where I wanted the LED light to go and was able to punch a 1/8″ circle for the light to sit in.  And then it was time to create the behind the scenes magic.  To make the circuit you need to connect the LED diode to a battery, creating a circuit breaker so that it only turns on when you press.

Here’s what the circuit looks like on the back…

Here’s a quick look at the circuit breaker flap in motion…

Supplies you’ll need to make your own at home.  For suppliers, check ebay or your local electronics store.

  • LED diode (I used 3mm white but these come in pretty colours & different sizes too)
  • CR1225 3V button cell lithium battery
  • Conductive Adhesive Copper Foil Tape (I used 6mm)
  • Circuit breaker – I used a strip of copy paper 1″ x 2″ folded in half

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

To finish the card, I used Foam Adhesive Strips to attach the circuit layer to the Rococo Rose mat (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″).  Using the foam strips gives the circuit breaker some space to lie slightly open, meaning the light only comes on when you press all the layers together.

The card base is Blushing Bride cardstock with a top fold and then Rococo Rose and Whisper White layers on the inside to add some weight.

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

Many thanks to Marine from Blue Marine Crafts for her excellent tutorial which got me started on being able to make my own circuits.  You can see her card & video by clicking here.

I can’t wait to send this card to someone – and it could be someone you know!  Leave a comment on this blog – I’ll choose a comment at random as the winner, who can select a friend or family member to receive this card in the mail and add a little light to their life.


There’s lots more craft inspiration as part of this blog host.  You can see all the participants via the main blog post (click here) or you can click through to the next blog by Denita Wright-Smee.

Thank you for hopping with us!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

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!!!

Participant List

Colour INKspiration | Celebrating 3 years

I’m back hopping with the Colour INKspiration Crew today as a guest designer for their 3rd birthday celebrations.  Thanks to Bronwyn Eastley for inviting me to join the celebrations.

We each got to choose our 3 favourite colours and make anything we wanted!  Narrowing it down to either just 3 colours, or just one favourite combination is virtually impossible for crafters.  My favourite colours depend on my mood, or the card I’m making or my current favourite DSP!  I’m sure you can relate!

I’ve gone with a trio of colours that I love for lots of different occasions – it works for a neutral baby card, for a classic wedding card, for a card of friendship, for males, for females – for everyone!!!  It’s black, yellow and gray (with the option to throw in white as a classic neutral).

Colour INKspiration 3rd birthday blog hop | kelly kent

I could make cards all day with these colours, so I’m sharing 2 cards with you today.  The first is a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while using Stampin’ Blends and a new stamp set – Dressed to Impress.

I created the floral background by stamping the flowers randomly on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured the negative (ie, between the flowers) using the Basic Black Dark Stampin’ Blend to create a solid black background and coloured the flowers with the light & dark Mango Medley Blends (as close as we have to Crushed Curry).  Stampin’ Blends glide so beautifully over the cardstock and blend (as the name suggests) to create a seamless image.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

This card is on a Smoky Slate base with a Crushed Curry label, Whisper White die cut and a white on black embossed sentiment.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Dressed to Impress, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Nested Labels, Well Written

Stampin’ Blends: Dark Basic Black, Light & Dark Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Veramark

Embossing Powder: White

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


The second card is a favourite layout I’ve used before using a heart frame and flowers to create a floral centrepiece.  Today’s card uses frangipani flowers from the new Timeless Tropical stamp set.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

This card is much brighter and sunnier, using white space and lots of yellow to lighten the mood.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Timeless Tropical, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Be Mine, In The Tropics

DSP: Regals 6″ x 6″

Stampin’ Blends: Light Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


To see more great colour combinations, keep hopping and visit the very talented Vicki Boucher who has a colour combination that I’m excited to see in action!

All the colours on the hop are fabulous ideas and sure to spark lots of creativity.  I know I’m going to be back visiting the hop when I need some colour ideas.

You can join the challenge over at the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Thanks again to the Crew for inviting me back!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Photo Inspiration

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

I wanted to take the chance to say a big thank you for all the comments, messages, likes and support after my very reflective post yesterday (if you missed it, you can read it here).  In keeping with my aim to simplifying my stamping activities, I’m not responding individually, but I wanted you to know that you touched my heart and made me feel very special.

It’s very fitting that my first post on the new journey is a Paper Adventures Team Hop.  These ladies are the heart and soul of my stamping experience.  If you ask most Stampin’ Up! demonstrators what keeps them going, it’s usually the friendships.  Making connections with like-minded crafting addicts is such a fabulous part of this adventure.

We welcome this month’s guest designer – Ellen Woodbridge.  Ellen is a demo on the east coast who has the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh.  I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few events with Ellen and it’s always a joy to see her.  She’s pretty talented at this stamping thing too!!!

The theme for today’s hop is photo inspiration.  We’re all creating something that has been inspired by this sweet image (credit: Amy Shamblen).

person holding bouquet of flower

I love hearts and flowers together, so this photo appealed instantly.  I love all the extra details – the different types of flowers, the colours, the little ladybugs at the bottom. There’s so many points of inspiration and I know the team is going to come up with some great projects to share.

I used the idea of making a heart from flowers to start my card.  One of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue is Pressed Petals.  The colours & beauty of this DSP caught me by surprise – because it certainly didn’t stand out in the catalogue to me. I love the floral patterns, the burlap design and the way the sheets complement each other.  The DSP is lightweight paper style which means the pack contains double the number of sheets as usual – that’s a win!!!

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

This card was a slight personal challenge to use the collage sheet in this pack.  I often find them the hardest to work into cardmaking.  But it occurred to me that when you cut up the floral bouquets from each section, they can be used quite creatively!  I’ve snipped and spliced to recreate a heart shape inspired by the photo.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set

This card then inspired another version, where I used one of the floral segments from the collage page of the DSP with a heart outline from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

Although Rich Razzleberry isn’t one of the coordinating colours in this pack, I love the way it brings out the purple tones of the DSP.  The floral page I’ve used in the background of this card is my favourite from the pack.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

I decided to keep this card sentiment free so I can use it for any occasion.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

If you could see the weather right now, you’d be amazing that I managed to sneak these photos in this morning.  The weather luck was on my side!  I prefer photos in the natural light – you get to see so much of the detail.


Thanks for joining us for this month’s team hop.  Next up on the hop is my beautiful friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons who is sharing a very personal project made using daisies!

Click here to shop online for the products used in my cards:

Dies: Be Mine Stitched

Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings

Embossing: Subtle Embossing Folder

DSP: Pressed Petals

Colours: Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede

Tools: Paper Snips

 


Participant List

Ellen Woodbridge (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Sheila Pybus
Mandy Depiazzi