Country Home | birthday

‘Twas the night before retirement list and everyone was waiting! What will retire, what will stay??? The current Annual Catalogue finishes on 3rd May 2021 and the new catalogue joins us on 4th May 2021.

I’m guessing that we might see the retirement of some of the products I’ve used on this card….

The flowers are from the Country Home stamp set, the embossing folder is the Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder and the sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.

The pretty yellow patterned paper -which coordinates beautifully with the embossing folder is from the Fine Art Floral DSP. This won’t retire just yet – there’s a month of overlap between the Annual Catalogue and the Jan-June Mini Catalogue. I love this – it means we can mix and match more products as we explore the new Annual together with the mini.

We can never be sure what will make the list for another year and what will be replaced by new & fun products. Some of the things that might influence a product going into retirement include how long it has been in a current catalogue, popularity and how it fits into the upcoming product releases. However, until that list comes out, it’s all a guess!

Actually, not all a guess…. we know the 2019-2021 In Colors will definitely retire. Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile are all leaving us. Reinkers are always first to sell out as everyone makes sure they can continue to stamp with their favourite colours.

I’ll share the retirement list tomorrow. Once this list appears, some products will sell out quickly. All products on the retirement list are available until supplies in the warehouse sell out. So, if there’s anything you really want, you may want to place an order sooner rather than later! My online store is open 24-7 and shopping your pjs is encouraged! Click here to shop online.

If you have any questions about the retirement list, or want to share your retiring predictions with me, leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Blossoms in Bloom | CASEing myself

How quickly are these months rolling around??? The first week of March is almost done which means it’s time to get ready for some more birthdays. This year for my team birthday cards, the them is yellow. This was the first design (see the original blog post here) –

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

I’m still in love with the yellow, black and white combination, so I decided that rather than start with a new design, I would CASE (copy and selectively edit) the previous version. Using Daffodil Delight, True Love DSP and the Blossoms in Bloom bundle, this is the next version of the team birthday cards…

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The card base for this card is Basic Black with the card front being layered with True Love DSP, a scallop edge border from the Ornate Borders Dies and Basic White cardstock. The Many Layered Blossom Dies are the focal point of the card. The bottom layer is cut in Daffodil Delight and the top layer in Basic White. I used Adhesive Sheet on the white cardstock before cutting to help stick the layers together. I hate messing around with wet glue – it seeps everywhere. I love the clean finish of using Adhesive Sheets.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set – one of my absolute favourites for everyday sentiments.


When I make cards in a layout like this, I will almost always make a second in a different variation – change the colour, change the orientation. It’s a formula that works for me to create a bank of cards for my stash (and if you follow my blog or socials, you will have seen me do this often). The alternative to this card was a Rococo Rose “hello” version.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I’m going to miss this colour when it retires at the beginning of May, so I’m trying to use it as often as I can!

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The black & white with a pop of colour is a design combination that works with every colour, so you can sub in your favourite colour and create your down version of this card.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Happy birthday to all our March Paper Adventures team members. I hope you all have a wonderful birthday month – filled with lots of happy!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | oh 2020!

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s my final post of 2020 and I’m so pleased to be joined by some amazing friends for the last Social Stamping Blog Host post of 2020.

I started these posts in March 2020 as the pandemic was starting to take hold and the world was taking a turn into unchartered territory for many of our generation. A pandemic in the 2000s with frequent travel and instant information certainly made for an interesting speed – both in terms of spread and news. Social Stamping in the blogging sphere was a great way for us to stay connected and purposeful while everything else seemed to be unpredictable and a bit gloomy.

The theme for today’s hop is “Oh 2020!”. It was open to my stamping friends who were joining in to interpret that as it fit for their recollection of 2020. My recollection is not of doom & gloom. Whilst there were moments of despair (Mr Papercraft being told not to return to work for an indefinite period of time was definitely one of those!), my memories of 2020 are largely positive. I enjoyed time at home with my kids (our daily walk was a highlight), a chance to reflect on what was important and the opportunity to slow down for a while.

We have been incredibly sheltered from the harsh reality here in Western Australia (though I do recognise that this depends on circumstances and those in the arts and hospitality and people separated from loved ones may have a very different view). Very strict border closures have meant very little spread of the virus and although we had a brief lockdown and home schooling experience, it has been mostly life as (new) normal for us. Social distancing is a loosely followed concept and we have returned to hugging, shaking hands and barely keeping our distance. This was a post from my personal Facebook on Christmas Eve reflecting on how blessed we are. How magical is that beach sunset?

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So, with that as my experience, my card to reflect today’s theme – Oh 2020! – is one of thanks. I am thankful to live in WA, thankful to have kept relative normality to our lives (for now), to have been able to see loved ones, to spend special occasions with family & friends and to have continued to work within a safe and low risk environment.

Thanks | kelly kent

My card is a mix of old favourites and new products which we get to know and love in 2021. While it’s good to reflect on the past, I’m looking forward to the future and optimistic about what it could bring!

Thanks | kelly kent

The new products are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. “Thanks” stamp is from the You Are Amazing stamp set and the Flower & Field DSP is a free choice from the SAB catalogue with a $90 order from 5th Jan 2021.

Thanks | kelly kent

Familiar favourites are the Triple Banner Punch and flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set (2020-2021 Annual Catalogue).

While I am spreading out the thanks, thank you to everyone who visited my blog in 2020. To everyone who left a comment, tried a project I shared or followed me here on one of my socials (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest). It’s always fun to reflect on the year, so here’s my 2020 in review…

It’s been a good year! But without an audience to blog to, blogging is not nearly as fun, so thank you so sharing this with me!

One last thank you for 2020 goes to my family – my family at Papercraft HQ (Mr Papercraft, the mini Papercrafts and Nanna & Grandad Papercraft). Your patience with 5 more “stamping minutes”, tolerance of dinners on the table later than I had in mind after I got waylaid with something stamping, allowance of sleep ins after night owl bedtimes and compliance with the sanctity of my craft room gives me the room to be happy and creative. The other half of this thank you is to my Paper Adventures team – my stamping family. Your friendship and sense of belonging to the stamping community kept it in my priorities for another year!

For more 2020 reflections from my stamping friends, click on the next button to visit Nicole Wilson. You can find a full list of the participants in this blog hop on the main Social Stamping Blog Host post here.

From my family to yours – happy new year!

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

Blossoms in Bloom

Do you remember the first time you saw stamping in action?  It was 2010 for me and I was pregnant with Little Miss Papercraft #1.  A friend asked me if I wanted to come to a Stampin’ Up! workshop her Mum was hosting.  With no papercraft experience, but nothing better to do that weekend, I joined the fun – and boy did I enjoy it!  I was a smitten kitten and that was the start of the journey to here.

On the weekend I had the pleasure of being able to share the wonder of making something creative using stamps, ink & paper with a lovely group of ladies who were mostly new to stamping.

This is the make & take project we completed using the Blossoms in Bloom stamp and Flowers for Every Season DSP.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

We stamped the large flower stamp in Bumblebee ink and two of the smaller flowers in Magenta Madness – both with Early Espresso centres.  All the flower were fussy cut with Paper Snips.  The leaves are stamped onto the Whisper White layer in Just Jade ink.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp too – stamped in Magenta Madness ink.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I love this stamp set!  It has beautiful dies to go with it, but I’m loving making the floral stamps the highlight of the card. Click here to see the card I made using Misty Moonlight (blue) flowers where I stamped one piece of cardstock and created two cards!!!

To place an order and add to your Stampin’ Up! collection, visit my online store.  To book a workshop in the Bunbury area for you and your friends (and earn free products with qualifying orders), contact me via email or Facebook.

I hope your week involves lots of smiles!

Social Stamping | thinking of you

Happy Saturday!  Saturday has been one of the highlights of my blogging week for the past 3 months as I hop with my stamping friends as a way to stay connected through these COVID times.  Today’s theme is “thinking of you”.  There’s a full list of all the themes so far and all the designers participating in today’s hop on the main blog post for this hop – click here to visit.

For my cards today I’ve made 2 cards using the split card technique – an idea shared by Jennifer McGuire last month.  It’s a great way to get two cards with one lot of stamping and a great corner or border style design.  You can see Jennifer’s post here.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″ and stamped the blossoms in Misty Moonlight down the middle portion of the cardstock, adding in Seaside Spray flowers, Night of Navy mini flowers and Crumb Cake accents.

The inspiration for the colours of this design came from Stacey Marsh – a demo I recently starting following in the UK.  Check out her Instagram – she’s amazing!  She had me at blue flowers!!

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Once all the stamping is done, cut the cardstock down the middle (at 3-7/8″) and use the pieces to make up your cards.

This first card features a Crumb Cake base and Vellum butterflies using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The second card features a Seaside Spray base, hearts from the Pattern Play stamp set and sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

This technique makes it easy to whip up some cards to send to family and friends in no time at all.  Feeling adventurous?  Try stamping a whole sheet and cutting into 4 pieces!!!  Or using die cuts for your images.  There’s so many possibilities!

Next up for more ‘thinking of you’ inspiration is my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm.

Thanks for hopping with us. If you need the full list of participants, click here to visit.

See you next week for more Social Stamping!