Butterfly Brilliance

Morning! Today I’m sharing a pretty little bundle that wasn’t a surprise to see in the new catalogue. While we were waiting for the new catalogue to launch, Stampin’ Up! were kind enough to let us order the Butterfly Brilliance bundle early. There was also a special release DSP that sold out in a matter of weeks – luckily there’s lots of other great DSP patterns in the current 2 catalogues that we can pair with this bundle.

You’ll find the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set and Brilliant Wings Dies in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. The butterflies form one large stamp which is perfect to use as one piece – or to cut up and add the individual butterflies to your cards. The die set has options to cut out the outline of the butterflies, detailed butterflies and a series of coordinating pieces.

Although I love the butterflies in this set, it was really the bricks in the die set that made me swoon. Such a cute patch of texture. I’ve cut two brick sets on each card front and layered Ice Cream Corner DSP behind it for a watercolour effect.

The first card is pink & yellow tones – as guided by the DSP. The butterflies are stamped in Early Espresso. I love the richness of this ink and how easy it it to get a full colour on the stamp with minimal effort.

I’ve combined this bundle with the Brushed Blooms stamp set from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue for the sentiment and splatters of texture on the white.

The one piece butterfly stamp gives you six butterflies at a time – more than enough for a couple of cards (inside & out!). The second card uses purple tones – Highland Heather & Blackberry Bliss.

The Pastel Pearl embellishments were the perfect finish for these cards. Large in size and shiny & lustrous, they add a pretty elegance.

If you didn’t get this bundle in the early pre-release, make sure to add it to your wish list for a future shopping cart. Butterflies always make a wonderful crafting staple and this bundle is a great option to add to your collection.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Social Stamping | Subway Style

It’s Social Stamping again tomorrow morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe. I hope you can join me from 9.30am – 11am. We’ll be making two cards and this is a sneak peek of one of the options.

I’ve used my top pick from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue – the Biggest Wish stamp set. It has two styles – a large block font and a script font of 5 words. And if I had to choose 5 words only for a sentiment only stamp set, these are the ones I would choose. I’ll be using this stamp set all year long!!!

This card was designed with a teen boy in mind, so I’ve kept the colours fun but neutral and opted for stitched stars as the embellishment. The card base is Pear Pizzaz with Basic Grey & Smoky Slate for the greys and Misty Moonlight, Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue and more Pear Pizzazz for the stars.

The block style of the text when stamped in the background reminds me of a subway style of design. Perfect for keeping the design geometric and bold. The Brick & Mortar embossing complements the look I wanted for the card so well.

The stamp set for the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment is from the Brushed Blooms stamp set. It was a great option for a smaller version of the birthday greeting to finish the card.

I made two options as samples for tomorrow. I always encourage the stampers to use the pieces and create their own variation of unique design by changing the style or layout of the card.

Do you prefer the angles of the first or the straight lines of the second???

I’d love to stamp with you tomorrow. If you’re definitely able to make, please RSVP so I can hold a kit for you.

See you soon!

Social Stamping | Brushed Blooms

After a little delay to the start of Social Stamping at the cafe this term (thanks to a snap lockdown), I can’t believe tomorrow is our last session of Term 1. We’ve made some great cards, drunk delicious coffee and shared lots of laughs! The good news is that after a break for school holidays, we’ll be back again in Term 2!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the cards for tomorrow. Inspired by the catalogue sample on page 29, I’ve adapted to make it work for a larger group.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Rather than stamping each of the colours using the stamp, I’ve used the die to cut out the brushstrokes and filled them in with colour from behind. In rainbow order, they are Magenta Madness, Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

We don’t have the option to heat emboss at the cafe, so I’ve changed the sentiment to white cardstock with Night of Navy ink, and also used Night of Navy for the leaves. Using a dark blue instead of black is one of my favourite tips for getting a dark but solid image. Memento and StazOn black inks are great and definitely have their purposes, but I find it hard to get a consistent coverage unless I stamp several times.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

The roses are stamped in Gorgeous Grape and cut with the dies from this coordinating set – Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies. I’ve layered on a vellum circle to give some definition and added some gold gem bling!

I always offer any alternative for classes – but the differences on this one are subtle! The specific sizing of the Brushstrokes die makes it hard to change the layout too much!

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Can you spot the changes? The flowers are on the left side, the sentiment in stamped on a long strip and not cut into words and the brushstrokes are upside down compared to the other cards. I can’t wait to see how the stampers change up the design tomorrow to show their creative flair.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Join me tomorrow at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe – 9.30am start. We have the table reserved until 11am, but you can dash off before then if you need!

See you tomorrow. If you’re definitely going to be there, let me know so I can save a kit for you. RSVPS are helpful but not essential – I always have extras on the day.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #547 | photo inspiration

It’s time – time for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a fabulous photo inspiration for you. Use it to get started on some Easter crafting or let it inspiration another type of project for you.

I’ve used it to get crafty with a sentiment that I was so excited to receive. The Brushed Blooms stamp set has the sentiment “let’s paint the town as long as I’m home by 9:00”. Such a fun greeting – and so true of my preferred way of celebrating these days. I can craft until the early hours of the morning but if I’m out and about I’m yawning by 9pm!

There’s so many pretty colours in the wreath – I tried to capture most of them in the brushstrokes along the side of the card. In order they are Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Gray Granite, Pretty Peacock, Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose and Merry Merlot.

The dies in Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies cut three layers of two different types of rose. I’ve cut all three layers in Basic White cardstock and layered them together for lots of texture. The leaves are Mint Macaron, cut using another die from the set.

And the final touch is that sentiment!!! White heat embossed on Rococo Rose cardstock and then cut with a Stitched Rectangle Die.

What kind of party life do you enjoy? Home by 9? Or just getting started at 9?


This project is only one of many from the Just Add Ink Design Team. You can see the rest of the DT projects over the Just Add Ink blog. You can also join in the challenge there too – show us what this inspiration picture inspires to you create!

Have a wonderful weekend of crafty fun!

Brushed Blooms | hello thirty!

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the most beautiful high tea yesterday for my gorgeous friend Melissa. She thought of every detail to make it a wonderful afternoon with delicious food, yummy drinks and pretty decor.

Without even knowing it, the card I made her almost perfectly matched her cake! This is the cake, made by Deb…

This is the card using the Brushed Blooms set and Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies.

The beautiful patterned paper is from the Sand & Sea DSP. It’s one of my favourites from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalogue. Those colours!!! I’ve coordinated the colours for the flowers – Rococo Rose in full strength and stamped off and Blushing Bride. The leaves are Sahara Sand.

I’ve layered the flowers with some trim – Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon and twine from the Snail Mail Combo Pack and then attached them to a label from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.

Happiest 30th birthday gorgeous Mel! Here’s to a decade of wonderful adventures, great company and you being your fabulous self!