Stamp Review Crew – Flourishing Phrases

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Hello!  It’s another Stamp Review Crew – the first for the new financial year and the first SRC hop featuring *NEW* products from the annual catalogue – how exciting!!!

I almost didn’t join in this hop as Flourishing Phrases didn’t quite make the cut for me (way too many amazing things to choose in the new catalogue!) – but thanks to one of amazing team members, I was able to borrow it for the occasion!  Thanks Kristel!

Flourishing Phrases comes in clear or wood…

… and has a coordinating thinlits set, which comes in a bundle, saving you 10%!

 

I’m last on the list today, which means you’ve probably hopped along from Sue and I’ll be linking you back to Mickey at the end of my post to complete the circle.

Each Stamp Review Crew hop is a round the world trip of creativity all focused on the same stamp set.  There’s always a range of creative ideas and something to inspire every crafter!

If you get lost or there’s a broken link, click on the header at the start of this post and it will take you to a full list of participants.


There’s lots of sweet & sensitive sentiments in this stamp set – which makes it great to have for those delicate occasions where you need just the right words!

But, it was the large flourish that drew me in.

I wanted to show it off in full effect – so I made a project set with a stamped candle and easel window card.

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Candle & Easel Window Card project set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was mighty tricky to get good pictures of this project set because of the reflections in the window pane of the easel card.

Photography is not my forte!

What it looks like when it’s open…

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Easel Window Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Side view…

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Easel Window Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And when closed…

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Easel Window Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The front & middle panel are cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  How do you get a rectangle from a square?

Cut the first square at the top of your cardstock with an even border around the top & side edges.  Move your framelit to the bottom section of your cardstock and with the same border allowance, line it up with the sides you’ve already cut – and cut again.  This will give you a rectangle!


The colour combination for this card all started with the candle.  I wanted the flourish to ‘pop’ so I chose a trio of bold colours & a neutral to tie it all together.

Before this project, I hadn’t ever ventured into the realm of decorated candles.

I’m not sure why – it’s so easy and looks fantastic!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Decorated Stamped Candle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How to:

  • Simply cut a piece of white tissue paper to the size of your candle circumference (the distance around the candle for the length x the height of the candle).
  • Stamp your images on to the shiny side of the tissue paper until you have the pattern you want
  • Lay the tissue paper around the candle and using your heat tool, gently melt the wax.  The tissue paper will absorb into candle and your stamped images will become part of the candle.

*** Note: watch carefully – melting the candle & tissue paper into each other only takes a matter of seconds.

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Candle & Easel Window Card project set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This project set would make a lovely gift using whatever stamp sets you have in your collection – but the flourish from Flourishing Phrases is a great size & design!!!

Thanks for sharing my maiden candle stamping experience.

Next stop is Mickey Roberts over at Paper Conversation where she is sharing her wonderful creativity with us!

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Kelly x


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Sunshine & Friendship

Today is the birthday of a very special lady.  She’s the type of person everyone should have in their life – bright, witty, amazing & kind to a fault.

She’s a fellow lover of paper, so I wanted to make something a little bit special for her.  Lucky I had new products to help!!!


I may have let out a small squeal when I saw that Stampin’ Up! was releasing a mason jar stamp set & matching framelit set.  Mason jars are super trendy and make great card subject.

No sentiment birthday shaker card - Everyday Jars Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

For this card, I used the Everyday Jars Framelits as a vase for my flowers.  To add that special touch I wanted, I used the framelit set to maximum potential and layered the shaker card piece in the middle of the jar while I was cutting it.

Add a piece of window sheet, some of the new Foam Adhesive Strips and some sequins (retired in this case but the colours worked perfectly!) and you’ve got a fabulous shaker jar.

No sentiment birthday shaker card - Everyday Jars Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The floral component of my card comes from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits die set.  How lovely are the ‘swirly’ flowers?  And a ‘swirly’ butterfly… magic!

No sentiment birthday shaker card - Everyday Jars Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The whole card comes together perfectly with the Blooms & Bliss DSP (perhaps my fave new DSP at this point… if a papercraft Mummy can have favourites!).

I’ve used the rip & flip technique to show off both sides of the DSP.  The colours, patterns and design are fabulous!!!


Happy Birthday to Liz – hope you have a great day, filled with all things wonderful including getting to play with your new birthday presents (glad you knew what you wanted).  You deserve it!  Kelly x

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2016 Annual Catalogue Launch Samples

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who came to my launch this morning – what fun we had.

There was ooohing & ahhhing over new products, amazement over how pretty the new paper is, prizes won and a few ‘Sweet Sugarplum’ scones devoured!  Recipe here!


The standout winner from the new catalogue was the 2016-2018 In Colors.   The new colours were an instant hit with everyone and the In Color Classic Stamp Pads were the most popular item of the day.

If you couldn’t be with us today, but I can help you with a new catalogue or to place an order for new & amazing products, please email me or visit my online store.  {Australian residents only}

Only 4 more sleeps!!!

Kelly x

2016 Annual Catalogue Launch: 2016-2018 In Colors. Swirly Bird stamp set, Tin of Cards stamp set and Bold Butterfly framelits.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Featuring: Swirly Bird stamp set, Tin of Cards stamp set, Bold Butterflies framelits.

2016 Annual Catalogue Launch: Dapper Denim, Layering Love stamp set & Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Featuring: Layering Love stamp set, Dapper Denim, Swirly Scribbles, Hearts Confetti Border Punch & Softly Falling embossing folder.

2016 Annual Catalogue Launch: Peach Peekaboo, Flirty Flamingo, Gift of Love Hostess stamp set & Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Featuring: Peach Peekaboo, Flirty Flamingo, Gift of Love Hostess stamp set & Thoughtful Banners stamp set.

2016 Annual Catalogue Launch: Emerald Envy, Affectionately Yours DSP, Swirly Scribbles thinlits, Thoughtful Banners stamp set & Triple Banner punch.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Featuring: Emerald Envy, Affectionately Yours DSP, Swirly Scribbles thinlits, Thoughtful Banners stamp set & Triple Banner punch.

2016 Annual Catalogue Launch: Sweet Sugarplum, Sitting Here stamp set, Thoughtful Banners stamp set, In Color Stampin' Write Markers & Brick Wall embossing folder.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Featuring: Sweet Sugarplum, Sitting Here stamp set, Thoughtful Banners stamp set, In Color Stampin’ Write Markers & Brick Wall embossing folder.

2016 Annual Catalogue Launch: Sweet Sugarplum, Playful Palette DSP, Love You Lots Hostess stamp set, Thoughtful Banners stamp set and Duet Banner punch.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Featuring: Sweet Sugarplum, Playful Palette DSP, Love You Lots Hostess stamp set, Thoughtful Banners stamp set and Duet Banner punch.

Project Life – Buying the Cards to Make Cards

I tried really hard to give Project Life a go.  As it turns out, I’m really bad at anything that involves keeping records!  I’ve never been able to write a journal for more than 2 days, I buy beautiful diaries every year only to start strong in Jan and then fade out by March and my beautiful kids don’t have baby books.

But, I still buy Project Life cards – why???

Because they are wonderful for card making!  They add a whole extra element of pattern, colour or style to the materials I already have.  And I know the PL sets will match the cardstock and ink that’s already in my collection.


Whether you want to try Project Life for memory keeping or if you are looking at quick & easy ways to design cards, you should stop by the Global Design Project this week.  It’s all about Project Life and the inspiration is amazing!!!

 

Project versatility is one of the greatest things about Stampin’ Up!.  Each Project Life card collection comes with 100 cards across 3 sizes – which means you can switch up how you use them or use them in layers.  And even though the baby sets have a baby focus, not every card in the box is an obvious baby choice – so you can make all sorts of cards with your stash.

These are 3 cards I make using the Hello Baby Boy & Girl collections.  Two traditional baby & one ‘any occasion’ card…

GDP#035 - Project Life.  Hello Baby Boy card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

GDP#035 - Project Life.  Hello Baby Girl card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

GDP#035 - Project Life.  Hello Baby Girl card collection - "all occasion" card using Work of Art.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If you’re better at keeping memories in hard copy than me, then you should have a go at Project Life.

If you just like pretty things (like me) – then buy a set of cards and get crafting!!!  Kelly x

PS, I haven’t shown it here, but the 3″ x 4″ cards making amazing (quick & easy) gift tags.

Card Style of the Moment – Pop Out Swing Card

I’m a very ‘of the moment’ card maker.  I find a style I love, make a bundle of cards and then move on to my next favourite.  I’m not very timely with my trends (usually months behind everyone else) – but that just means there’s all the more samples out there to inspire me!

This style of card is called a Pop Out Swing Card and it’s amazing!

The card sits flat for posting, but when you open it, the middle panel sits within the card front and makes it 3D and fabulous!

You know what else is fabulous? The creativity of Debbie Henderson – I have a super craft crush at the moment.  I love her work and have found myself linking you back to a number of her projects over recent months.  The Pop Out Swing Card is another gem from Debbie’s Designs.  You can find Debbie’s samples & instructional video here.

These are my versions of the Pop Out Swing card – it’s definitely a wow design!  I’ve had such fun making these – and each one looks so different, even though the card basics are the same!

I’m definitely be making a few more of these and then I’ll be on the lookout for the next card of the moment.

Seen or made any ‘wow’ designs?  Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to check them out!  Kelly x


PICTURE PERFECT HUMMINGBIRD BIRTHDAY

Pop Out Swing Card - Picture Perfect Birthday design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Pop Out Swing Card - Picture Perfect Birthday design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

NUMBER OF YEARS ANNIVERSARY

Pop Out Swing Card - Number of Years Anniversary design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Pop Out Swing Card - Number of Years Anniversary design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

A NICE CUPPA / PRETTY PETALS BEST MOTHER

Pop Out Swing Card - Have A Cuppa Best Mother design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Pop Out Swing Card - Have A Cuppa Best Mother design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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Wedding Wishes – Bloomin’ Heart Dress

This idea has been floating around for a while since chatting to a friend about the possibilities for the Bloomin’ Heart die but it’s taken a little while to make it to the top of the to-do list.

But here we are – on a Saturday that I hope is the perfect wedding day for many brides around the world.  As it gets colder here in WA we are nearing the end of our ‘wedding season’.  Though you never can quite tell what the weather will be like at any time of the year!

Mr P & I got married in February, which is notoriously hot in Australia.  Low & behold it was 40 degrees + all week (and we’d chosen black on black suits for the groomsmen!) and there was a bit of weather panic going on.  Not that we needed to worry – Friday 13th rolled around and luck was on our side with a beautiful 29 degree day.

This photo is one of my favourites.  Not the classic pose & look dreamily into each other’s eyes (though we have some of those too) but a shot that captures the fun we were having on one of the most wonderful days of my life.

Mr & Mrs Papercraft get married. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Enough photos???

So, back to that conversion about what else the beautiful Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit could be.  Of course – with that lace-like texture and great shape, would it make a wonderful wedding dress skirt?  Paired with the detailed little butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits, it’s a wedding dress made in paper heaven!  So pretty!

Bloomin' Heart Thinlit & Bold Butterfly Framelit - Wedding Dress Art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The tux was a little more boring – and not nearly as important!  I made sure the stunning wedding dress was front & centre of this card.

Bloomin' Heart Thinlit & Bold Butterfly Framelit - Wedding Dress Art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Happy wedding day to all those happy couples out there!  Everything about my wedding day was perfect and I’d go back and do it a million times over!  Though I wish I gotten married {AFTER} I found Stampin’ Up! and Pinterest!  Kelly x

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Crafting Before Housework – Bleach Technique

I love having my Tuesday class ladies over for a number of reasons but one of the crazier reasons is that they ‘inspire’ me to give my house a good clean before they arrive.  Housework is never a top priority of mine.  I really would rather be crafting! {And often do!}

Crafting comes before housework in the dictionary - as it should! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

For one of this month’s class projects, I wanted to show the ladies the awesome technique of using bleach to remove colour from your cardstock – which creates a great marbled effect.  I do see the irony in buying bleach for crafting rather than cleaning… but I’m running with it!

These were my sample cards using Cherry Cobbler, Blackberry Bliss & Island Indigo.  The beautiful big Swallowtail shows this technique off beautifully.

Bleach technique using Swallowtail stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bleach technique using Swallowtail stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bleach technique using Swallowtail stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This technique works better for some colours than others.  My favourite is the Island Indigo – the colour mix you end up with is very special.

During the class we also tried Wisteria Wonder (it actually looked stunning – Helen is working hard at changing my so-so position on Wisteria Wonder), Night of Navy (excellent contrast) and Hello Honey (just a subtle change).

You should try this at home.  The instructions are here from the first time I tried it out as part of an online challenge.

Your most basic bleach works the best but make sure you’re crafting in a well ventilated area!  Now I remember why I don’t clean much!!!  Kelly x

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Butterfly Explosion! JAI304

It’s Just Add Ink time again – is it just me, or are these weeks flying by?

A great inspiration challenge this week with a bold photo chosen by Jodene.

Those colours just pop!  I’m not sure where in the world this is – but it looks like somewhere I’d like to visit!!!


For me, it was the colours that formed most of my inspiration.  As well as the idea of something floating in the sky.

Here is my butterfly explosion card…

Just Add Ink #304 - Butterfly Explosion card. Kellly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.Unfortunately the mason jar framelit & stamp set is on the retired list (from many a years back), but it was just such a perfect image for my butterflies to be escaping from that I couldn’t resist using it (maybe some of you still have it in your collection???).

The gorgeous butterflies, however, are very much available.  You can find them hanging out in the Annual Catalogue as part of the Garden in Bloom stamp set.  This set is so lovely and gets regular use at my house!

What’s better than one sweet butterfly???  An explosion of sweet butterflies!  Kelly x


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My Not-So-Challenging Day…

Today I was child-free, husband-less and totally devoid of all commitments!!!  For some of you, this may not induce hysterical happy dancing – but for me, with a crazy-busy schedule and at least 1 permanent mini-shadow at all times, to have a day with nothing to do other than stamping, I was in heaven!

So, although I didn’t spend the day in pyjamas (I had to do school drop off first to get my day alone!), I did spend it at the craft table – with nothing on my agenda to make other than cards that make me happy.  Cards that I wanted to make rather than from my to-do list of class prep, orders and upcoming birthdays!  Wooo hoooooo!!!


The first card is my Just Add Ink entry for this week, inspired by the challenge photo….

My initial thought was to use Watermelon Wonder in a one-tone card creation….  But it’s just not a colour I love – so I put it back.  What’s the colour you find hardest to use?

Instead, I took the soft pinks, greens & neutrals of the photo to create a sweet macaron card.  I remember Carolina Evans making macarons with the Balloon Builders stamp set when we first got it at OnStage and tucked the idea away for a later date.  They are the perfect accompaniment to the ‘sweet’ sentiment and pastel colours.  I love macarons!!!  And of course, as they are the paper verison, they have received Wink of Stella treatment.

Just Add Ink #299 photo inspiration challenge. Macaron Tower on a watercolour background. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


And because I had the time, I {FINALLY} got the chance to join in for a challenge at the Global Design Project. I’ve been meaning to play along since they started last year!

It was a CASE the designer challenge.  This was the inspiration card by Michelle Last…

And this is my card…

GDP024 - CASEing the Designer. Banner Triple Punch, Gold Butterfly & English Garden DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I loved the colours of Michelle’s card (especially the English Garden DSP) and butterfly feature, so kept those elements and used one of my favourite layouts with multiple banner layers.

Add a splash of gold embossing, a little ribbon & trim and the card is finished!

To sentiment or not to sentiment is always a difficult question, but I actually love a sentiment-less card, so with today being a day of absence, I went without.

Alas, my day alone is almost over as school pick-up looms.  Back to late-night stamping – which actually suits me.  Perversely, I am at my most creative between 10pm & midnight!  I’m pretty sure I’m not alone is that.  I wonder what it is about that time of night that leads to the best design work???  Kelly x


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English Garden Double Z-fold Birthday Card

This card was the second design given to Nanna Papercraft for her birthday last week.

I must have had butterflies on my mind – because it features beautiful butterflies also.

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Double Z-fold cards are super easy to make:

  • Cut a piece of A4 paper to 5-1/2″ x 11-1/4″
  • Score at 1-7/8″, 3-12″, 7-1/2″ & 9-5/10″
  • Fold the front panels back across the card to create a ‘z’ fold
  • Decorate the front & middle and secure with a belly band if desired.

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Pink, green & white is one of my favourite colour combinations. Although, it’s hard to make a bad card with the English Garden DSP!!! Kelly x

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