Stamp Review Crew | Eastern Beauty

I’m so excited for the first Stamp Review Crew hop of November.  You are hopping with an international group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who share projects using the same stamp set on the first and third Monday of each month.

If you’re already travelling, you’ve landed here in Bunbury, Australia from the lovely Stesha Bloodhart from the US.  Next blog is back to the US to visit Holly Stene.  If there’s any kinks in the first couple of hours, pop back later.  We try to get them sorted as quick as possible!

Today’s theme is the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

Sometimes when a stamp set has been around for a while, new inspiration is just what’s needed to give a stamp set a new lease on life!

The Eastern Palace suite was available as a pre-order during April this year, and then launched in the Annual Catalogue in June, so it’s a wonderful time to revisit and see what ideas the Crew can share with us.


When a stamp set comes as part of a product suite, it can be easy to get stuck in the colours & styling of the suite.

So, for my blog hop project, I wanted to take it in a totally different direction.

I’ve channelled a little bit of our faithful leader – Tanya Boser’s styling, and this is what I’ve come up with…

Stamp Review Crew Eastern Beauty | kelly kent

It’s a birthday card for my Mum (who will probably see it here before I wish her a happy birthday in person today!) – Happy Birthday Mum (aka Nanna Papercraft!).

I’ve used the 6 point flower stamp in full strength to stamp the outline, and then used the solid image created by flipping the stamp over and using the ‘back’ of the stamp as a stamp to add colour over the flower.

Stamp Review Crew Eastern Beauty | kelly kent

It was such a fun technique and can be used for any photopolymer stamp that has a symmetrical shape and doesn’t have the middle cut out.  I have no idea if it has an official name, but I’m calling this technique “reverse side stamping”.

The colours used for this card:
*first colour is the flower, second colour is the colour fill (stamped off )

Sweet Sugarplum & Blushing Bride
Crushed Curry & Daffodil Delight
Island Indigo & Bermuda Bay

The fun sentiment is from the Big On Birthdays stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew Eastern Beauty | kelly kent

It was fun to make a card that looked so different to all the other cards I’d made using this suite.

I can’t wait for you to see all the other fun ideas on this hop.

Please visit my amazing friend Holly Stene next up…

Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Spooky Night & Painted Autumn

Hello Sunday!

The fourth Sunday in fact, which is when I get together with my Stamping Sunday friends.

You can find the whole list of participants by clicking on the cute little blue frog!!  You’ll find a direct link to Yvonne’s blog at the end of the post to keep hopping.



Today it’s all about one of my favourite subjects – Designer Series Paper, or “DSP”.

Sara has asked us to create using either the Painted Autumn DSP or Spooky Night DSP.  But…. it can’t be a fall (autumn) or Halloween project!

I love a challenge to make “something” into “something else”.

Although I love all DSP, and usually buy every pack, I skipped on Spooky Night this catalogue.  Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia and I still have some similar colours left from last year!

I do however, absolutely {LOVE} the Painted Autumn DSP and took the 3-for-1 DSP deal on at the moment as the opportunity to stock on this beautiful design.

With a fresh pack of pretty paper in hand, I wanted to try a card on my stamping list – a Gift Box in a Card design.

Following this fabulous tutorial by Rachel Tessman, I made my own version using the Painted Autumn DSP and Big on Birthdays stamp set.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The card base is the same size as any regular card, but then you make a cute little box using the DSP and a lid using cardstock and place it into a 2″ square cut into the card base.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

It sits across the card like this…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The idea of the box is to hold a little gift.  So, I used the DSP to make a necklace to slide into the gift box.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Here’s another view (lots of photos in this post!)…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I always love a coordinating card & gift option and this style of card takes it to the next level!!!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I can see many of this style of card in my stamping future!

It doesn’t fit in an envelope – but that just makes it the perfect gift for a colleague’s desk or on a placemat for a birthday dinner!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

My next project takes us from deluxe to a great card, with limited supplies…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The DSP is so stunning with beautiful patterns.  You can use them as a background – like the arrow stripes (my favourite in the pack!!!) or by fussy cutting the patterns for a centrepiece – like the sunflowers.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Add some ribbons and a favourite sentiment and your stunning card is done in a flash!

The sentiment is from the Just Add Text stamp set.  Find it on page 167 of the Annual Catalogue.  Filled with great fonts & beautiful words, it’s great for all those friendship, gratitude & all occasions cards.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Speaking of wonderful things, it has been lovely to hop with the Stamping Sunday design team again.

To keep going, hop on to Yvonne’s blog and see her gorgeous projects!

To see everyone from the Stamping Sunday design team who’s hopping today, click on the blue frog for a full list.


Thanks for hopping with us!  It’s always lovely to be able to share our projects with you.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew | Merry Cafe

Welcome to a blog hop featuring a team of talented international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that blog together on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month and showcase one stamp set from the current Stampin’ Up! range.

You’re currently visiting with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, in the south west corner of Australia.

If you’re already hopping, then I’m sure you loved what my friend Tanya Boser made.  Please keep hopping after me to visit Cindy Elam in the US!!!

What’s the theme today, I hear you ask?

We are all sharing projects that feature the Merry Cafe stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

This stamp set is only $30 (Australian currency) and is a perfect compliment to the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cups Framelits.

There’s a fabulous range of applications for this stamp set from Christmas to Halloween, fall (autumn), love, get well & all those cute picture stamps.  This set has 29 stamps in total!

I just love the font for the Merry & Christmas stamps, so this was my starting point to create some cute little gold embossed tags using the new Everyday Label punch…

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

The punch has a bottom curve as part of the design, but I wanted a flat bottom, so I just lined up the punch along the bottom edge of the cardstock to create a unique shape.

I finished the tags with a strip of Be Merry DSP (which you can find in the Annual Catalogue).

Everyday Label Punch | kelly kent

After the cute little tags, I went in a completely different direction for my other 2 projects.

I wanted to show how versatile this stamp set is going to be all year round….

For this card, I’ve teamed it up with the gorgeous ‘hello’ stamp set from the “Hello Friend” stamp set.

The Merry Cafe pieces formed the decoration for the panel on the left….

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

It’s so easy to create your own cute patterned cardstock with all the little stamps in the Merry Cafe stamp.

They are designed to be 2 layer images, but I used them independently to create solid shapes & outlines.

Do you love the colours?  I love gray with almost any combination.  Here I’ve matched it with Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay.


The last project uses the petite ‘perk up’ coffee cup from the Merry Cafe stamp set but I’ve masked out the ‘perk up’ and put in the “par-tea in a cup” stamp to turn it into a birthday card.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

Just a CAS (clean & simple) card with cute colours & a rocking sentiment!  It doesn’t always have to be fancy.


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  I had so much fun designing them – there’s so much potential in this stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

For more great inspiration, hop over to visit Cindy Elam and her delightful project…

Thanks for sharing in what we all love to do!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #130 Favourite Project – Occasions Catalogue

Hello!  This is the final post of my day!

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed all the fabulous inspiration on this wonderful Sunday.

3 blog hops in one afternoon is quite the flood!  #sorrynotsorry


Both the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and Occasions 2017 catalogues retired on Wednesday night.

And from Thursday 1st June, we’ll be exclusively enjoying the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and the wonderful pages of a fresh new catalogue to CASE!

But first, one last look at the 2017 Occasions catalogue – and our favorite projects.

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I have selected the Window Box Framelit as my Occasions Catalogue favourite.

I was delighted to find out that this was carrying over and will be available in the .

The hexagon shaped box is wonderful, but really, it’s all the embellishment dies that I love.

And the sample on the front cover of the Occasion Catalogue is a perfect example of this!

Love, love, love the patterns you can make for boxes – and cards – using the dies in this set!

I’ve been inspired by a 3D item – the hexagon box – and created a card using this concept.

CASEing the Catty #130 Occasions Catalogue | kelly kent

This card features a mix of retiring and carrying over items.

On the retirement list:

  • Watermelon Wonder cardstock (all the 2015-2017 In Colors retire on Wednesday)
  • Tasty Treats Washi Tape
  • Love Note Framelits (for the cute little heart behind the sentiment)

CASEing the Catty #130 Occasions Catalogue | kelly kent

What’s staying?

  • Window Box Thinlits
  • Big on Birthday stamp set
  • And all the other Annual Catalogue products you see that I haven’t named including the Metallic Doilies, Seaside Embossing Folder & Triple Banner Punch

CASEing the Catty #130 Occasions Catalogue | kelly kent

If there’s anything you want from the Occasions Catalogue that doesn’t make it to our beautiful new book, then be sure to contact your demonstrator by Wed afternoon to place your order!

For more reminders about what we loved in the Occasions catalogue, visit our next CASEing the Catty Crew Member – Julia Quinn.

And {PLEASE} try your hand at CASEing the Catty and join us for the challenge on our Facebook page.

Thanks for all your support & I sincerely hope you’ve found something amazing in all the blogs you’ve visited this week.


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Just Add Ink #354 Photo Inspiration

Check out this gorgeous photo inspiration chosen by Trish for Just Add Ink this week!

As usual, my first thoughts for this challenge were a literal version of the photo.

I had in the back of my mind a DSP from years gone by that was quite similar to the cup in thte photo!

A little dig in my stash found it – Sycamore Street!!!

Then I went on to use the elements from the photo & my first card to create this simple but pretty birthday card…

You might find inspiration in the photo from the colours, shapes, elements or theme.

Visit the Just Add Ink blog to see what the other design team members made and upload your project to the blog!

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Cello Shaker Cards – bigger & better!

Hello!  Did you see the cello bag shaker cards I posted for CTC#120?  If you missed them, you can see them here.

I’m so in love with this concept!  It’s seriously the quickest & easiest way to make a shaker card.

And I found, bigger is actually better in this case!

The 2 cards I’m sharing today use a 130x90mm cello bags that take up most of the card front.

The bigger bag means the shaker embellishments have lots of room to move around – which is lots of fun!


The first version was a 3rd birthday card for a little super hero we know using the Everyday Hero stamp set.

Using this way of making a shaker, you can have a mix of things in the bag, and things on the outside.


The next cello shaker is super girly using the Sprinkles embellishments…

The big birthday sentiment looks great on this simple but fun card.


This style is amazingly easy!  Choose a cello bag that will fit on your card front (or fold down to size).

Cut a piece of cardstock to fit snugly inside.

Stamp/embellish to suit you theme, fill with a fun shaker material, seal and adhere to your card front.

And then watch the recipient have fun as they chase the shaker pieces across the whole card!


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Mediterranean Moments Colouring Cards

Tomorrow Kristel & I will be at the Old Coast Markets.


As usual I’ve left everything til the deadline!  So, over the past couple of days, I’ve been creating some new treats for our handmade table of paper love!

My colouring cards were a hit last year, so it was time for a freshen up of the stock!

These Mediterranean Moment cards are for the grown ups!!!

Mediterranean Moments Colouring Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Mixed with Moroccan DSP, they will be so much fun for the recipient to put their own touch on!

Mediterranean Moments Colouring Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And they are so easy!  The hardest part was choosing just 3 pencil colours for each picture!!!

Mediterranean Moments Colouring Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And the last one – there’s 4 images in the Mediterranean Moments stamp set, all equally as beautiful, though I do love the Vespa!

Mediterranean Moments Colouring Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Which card would you choose?

Do you love the idea of sending someone a card they can colour themselves – or is it cheating???

What other stamp sets would be great for a colouring card?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Leave me a comment!

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Colour INKspiration #02

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Wow – didn’t the first week of Colour INKspiration go off with a bang???

Thanks for joining us. If you haven’t yet and want to see what all the hype is about, click here to request to join us on the Facebook page.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –

The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Then it’s over to you with a 12 day period for crafters to upload their own creations using the challenge colours.

If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.


Challenge #2 is a mix of earthy greens & blues, a soft purple and the stark contrast of Whisper White.

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I {LOVE} the inspiration picture and have stored this away to use this as photo inspiration in the future.

Actually, how beautiful would one look in real life – I’ll have to see if my fave succulent supplier The Fairy Gardener can make me something similiar.


For these colours, I wanted to try them with the new Big on Birthdays stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.

It’s a 12 piece set with large sentiments and awesome fonts!!!


This card breaks a few of my colour ‘rules’ (I never use Wisteria, “blue & green shouldn’t be seen”) – but that’s what colour challenges are all about!!!

Wisteria Wonder for the flowers, Mint Macaron for the leaves, white background & Soft Sky card base.

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Once I’d finished the card, I decided it needed something to lift it – since the Wisteria is such a dark colour, especially in marker form.

So, I added Fine Tip Glue pen over all the flowers – creating a glossy finish.

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It looks awesome & was the extra pizzazz the card needed!

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What’s your tip for finishing touches?

Sometimes it’s the difference between a nice card and a gorgeous creation!


Next stop on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is the clever Jackie Noble!

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If you can see yourself creating something the challenge colours, join us on Facebook to upload your entry.

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