February – why are you leaving us so quick???

I know February is the shortest month of the year, but this one just zipped by me!  Things at Papercraft HQ went into serious overdrive – three kids to keep alive, three houses to look after, a birthday, some anniversaries, the start of school, resuming card making classes for the year and so much more meant every day was a whirlwind of activity!

With all that happening, it’s only in the final moment of February I’m marking some things off my to-do list – like posting birthday cards for friends!  They will arrive in March, but I posted them in February – so it still counts!!!

I’ve always appreciated having a birthday month, so hopefully the recipients will too!

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

I made these cards using some Occasions Catalogue favourites and also a new DSP available as a Level 2 Sale-A-Bration reward.  See the second release catalogue by clicking here.  The Painted Seasons DSP comes in a bundle with a floral stamp set – available to redeem when your order reaches $180.

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

I like to make multiples of cards with subtle differences.  Easy changes – like a different size butterfly in this case – give you a different card for minimal design effort.  Other easy changes are – changing the orientation or using different colours or DSP.

The second card used the same die set, but the large butterfly as the centrepiece.

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

Both cards have the same bokeh dots in Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove & Blushing Bride (to coordinate with the DSP) on a Rectangle Label (of course!), a Stitched Label die cut and a heat embossed sentiment.  The sentiment is cut down from the ‘FRIENDSHIP’ stamp in the Beauty Abounds set.  I always love it if I can get multiple uses from the words in a set.

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

And those dots – I’m still in love!  I originally bought the Beauty Abounds stamp set just for the dots.  And I have no regrets!

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

The stamp set also has a lovely flourish that I thought would look nice on the inside of the card.  Seems to be the month for extra decorating!  I love colouring with my Stampin’ Blends – they are so smooth and luxurious!

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

Here’s hoping that March is a little slower in pace but just as full of love, happiness and fun!


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Just Add Ink #445 | Embossing

Hello!  You’re going to love the Just Add Ink challenge this week – we’re adding embossing!

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Make a project with any kind of embossing you like – heat, paste, folders….  There’s so much potential!  Go nuts and add all the embossing if you like!

I decided this challenge was the time to dust off my neglected embossing mat and use them with the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits to create a pretty background effect.

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

If you haven’t used an embossing mat before, it’s an extra set of layering plates & mats for your Big Shot that transform cutting dies into embossing dies.  They don’t cut through – they just leave the imprint on your cardstock.  Magic!  Especially when you add a spritz of Shimmer Paint (which of course you can’t see in the photo – but it’s there and it looks fab!).

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

I’ve layered butterflies from the same Thinlits set on top and cropped down one of the bigger sentiments to just include ‘friend’.  Of course, the sentiment is heat embossing in white – that’s my favourite use of embossing!

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

The DSP is from the Floral Romance suite.  This sheet is a vellum finish and just gorgeous!  The colours and pattern are so beautiful.  I love Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive together.


Thanks for stopping by today.  To see all the design team projects and add your card to our embossing themed challenge, visit the Just Add Ink blog.


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Stamp Review Crew | Butterfly Gala

Hello!  Happy Monday and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I’m joining a group of fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made with today’s featured stamp set – Butterfly Gala!

The projects you see on today’s blog hop will definitely feature the stamps from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  Some may use the coordinating punch – Butterfly Duet – isn’t it cute!?!  So cute in fact, that it has sold out worldwide and Stampin’ Up! are waiting for more stock to arrive (expected end March 2019).  So, make sure to save the projects that inspire you and be ready for when the punch is ordable again!  Your local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can keep you in the loop.  Until then, it’s totally possible to snip around those butterflies with scissors or you can stamp directly onto your project.


I’m a little late to share my Valentine’s Day card this year for Mr Papercraft because it was so perfect for this blog hop.  Luckily it’s not specific to Valentine’s Day.  This style of card would be great for a wedding, anniversary, appreciation  or general “I love you” card.

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

I decided I wanted my card to be symbolic of the life Mr Papercraft and I have built together. The two hearts are us and the three butterflies are the little Papercrafts (two Lovely Lipstick girls & one Tuxedo Black boy).

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

The origami hearts were so easy to make and look amazing in our pretty DSP.  The smaller heart uses All My Love DSP and started as a 3″ square.  The larger heart uses Botanical Butterfly DSP and started as a 4″ square.  You can find the instructions on making an origami heart here

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent
The sentiment in Butterfly gala was just perfect for a card for Mr Papercraft.  He’s my best friend and definitely makes me a better person.  If I had to choose anyone in the world to spend time with – it’s him!


Thanks for hopping with us today.  For more amazing projects, keep clicking the ‘next’ at the end of each post.  I’m taking you to Holly Krautkremer in the US.  I always love what Holly makes and can’t wait to see her butterfly inspired project!


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Just Add Ink #441 | Inspiration

How good was the Just Add Ink blog hop last week?

We’re back to regular programming from this week with the usual range of fabulous challenge themes. You can see all the design team cards this week over on the Just Add Ink blog.  Click here to visit, and also share your creation with us.

The theme for this week is photo inspiration using this yummy picture chosen by Jo.

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I used the gorgeous colours of the frosting to create a fold out butterfly themed card.  What colours do you see??  I pulled out HIghland Heather, Balmy Blue and Blushing Bride.

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent

The card folds out to the left – and the right!  This is the middle panel….

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent

To create this card, I cut an A4 piece of cardstock in half lengthways (your typical card base).  I then cut 10-3/8″, keeping the piece from the edge for the right side flap.

The right side flap was scored at 2-5/8″ and the tab adhered to the back of the right side of the card.

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent

Like everyone else, I’m loving all the butterflies in the catalogue at the moment. So many butterflies!  I coloured each type of butterflies in a different way.

The little butterflies are stamped in Memento ink, coloured using sponge daubers, highlights added with Stampin’ Blends and punched using the Butterfly Duet punch.  The halo dots were inspired by the Beauty Abounds stamp set (it’s on my very next order – you know when you don’t know you need something until everyone else has it and you don’t!!).  I made them by pressing the sponge dauber to create a circle.

The big butterfly was die cut using the Butterfly Beauty die (trimmed to just the single large butterfly), coloured using sponge daubers and then spritzed with Shimmer Paint (mixed with Isocol alcohol).

The medium butterfly on the inside was stamped in Memento ink, coloured using Stampin’ Blends and punched using the Butterfly Duet punch.

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent


Thank you for visiting today!  Make sure to check in with the Just Add Ink blog for the rest of the design team cards – as always there’s so many ideas from one starting point!

We’d love for you to join the challenge and share your card inspired by those scrumptious cupcakes!!


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ESAD Blog Hop | Occasions & SAB 2019

I’m so excited for today’s hop with my ESAD friends – it’s a huge hop filled with Occasions and Sale-A-Bration inspiration!!!

Thanks to Lou Kitzelman for her stellar organisation that makes these hops happen.  Everyone hopping today is part of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator only group called ESAD.

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For my projects today, I have focused on Sale-A-Bration products – because.. who doesn’t love FREE!  The winners of Sale-A-Bration 2019 for me is the embellishments – pretty paper, cool wood elements and fantastic ribbon are sure to lift all your 2019 projects.

Check out this stunning DSP with full colour butterfly prints on one side and black and white prints on the other side.

This DSP was the starting point for the projects I’m sharing today – desk calendars.  I’ve added in a couple of new Occasions products too!

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

The calendars both use the Botanical Butterfly DSP, Butterfly Elements and Organdy Ribbon.  These are all items you can choose for free when you order $90+ on your favourite Stampin’ Up! products.

Note: I’m in Australia, the SAB ordering requirement may be different in other regions.

I made the first desk calendar in Highland Heather to coordinate with the DSP and set butterflies set on a quaint tea cup.

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

You’ll find the tea cup in the Occasions Catalogue – a beautiful new set called Tea Together.  I stamped it twice – once on Whisper White and once on the Botanical Butterfly DSP.  Using paper snips, I cut around the cup, handle and part of the saucer (this technique is called paper piecing and is best for the crafter who doesn’t mind a little bit of fussy cutting!).

The main cup shape – on Whisper White is cut using another Sale-A-Bration choice.  The coordinating framelits are available as a level 2 Sale-A-Bration item.  You can select the Tea Time Framelits when you spend $180+.

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

The second desk calendar has a Balmy Blue colour scheme – don’t you love all the colours Stampin’ Up! brought us in the 2018 colour refresh!!

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

I just love that crazy butterfly DSP with a vellum overlay!  And the pretty ribbon adds a fantastic touch to projects.   The SAB combo pack has 23m of ribbon (4.6m x 5 colours!) – what a great choice for a free item.

The itty bitty butterflies in the middle of each of the wood elements are cut from the DSP using the Butterfly Duet punch.  It punches so many of the butterflies from the Botanical Butterfly DSP…. so you’ll want to make sure the punch is part of your $90 order if you’re choosing the DSP as your free SAB option!

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

Want to make your own 2019 desk calendars?  I followed my instructions from 2015!  See the original post here.

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of A4 (Australian size) cardstock in half (it’ll be 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16ish”)
  2. Score at 5″, 10″, 10-3/4″, 11-1/2″
  3. Fold cardstock into a triangle shape, with a mountain fold underneath.  Adhere the little flap to the inside of the triangle.
  4. Calendar front – Mat 1: 3-7/8″ x 4-3/4″; Mat 2 (DSP): 3-5/10″ x 4-1/2″

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

I love this time of the year!  How lucky are we that Stampin’ Up! designs such beautiful products and then gives them to us for free!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Unless I’m your last stop, there’s plenty more inspiration to guide your Sale-A-Bration shopping list.

Next to visit is my gorgeous friend in Victoria – Cheryl Algie.

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If there’s any broken links (this sometimes happens), refer to the list below to pick the hop up at a different point.

Hope you enjoy yet another ESAD Blog Hop!

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Leonie Schroder
  3. Shannon Kissane
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Rachael Lewsley
  7. Angela Harders
  8. Kelly Kent – {YOU ARE HERE}
  9. Cheryl Algie
  10. Jenna Watkins
  11. Libby Dyson
  12. Sharon Dalton
  13. Rose Packer
  14. Sharni Haines
  15. Denise Buetler
  16. Peta Stephen
  17. Kim Oliver
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Lauren Meiklejohn
  20. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  21. Katrina Duffell
  22. Tatiana Tobin
  23. Cathy Pinchbeck

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CASEing the Catty #190 | Artistic Impressions

Hello Sunday visitors – the end of the weekend rolls around so fast, doesn’t it??

CASEing the Catty blog hops are always a great way to finish the weekend.  Hopefully you found some craft time in yours – and maybe joined CTC#189 by sharing your project in our Facebook group..

There’s still 24 hours to participate in last week’s challenge (CTC#189), or you can start the week by creating for challenge #190 – pages 127-141 of the catalogue, featuring some of the samples from the Artistic Impressions section of the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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As always, the pages are filled with wonderful inspiration.  This Beautful Day sample on page 134 caught my eye…

I love the layered look of the front of the card.  I swapped the flower for the butterfly and changed up the colours to create this card…

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly part of the card was created by stamping & black heat embossing the middle butterfly first.  I also created a mask using copy paper which I placed over the first butterfly before stamping & black heat embossing the two butterflies either side.  I love the strong & shiny look of the black embossing powder.  It’s so lovely to have it back in the catalogue!

I coloured the butterflies using an Aqua Painter in Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and So Saffron, and added a shadow above the butterflies in Crumb Cake.  The butterflies also got a splash of Wink of Stella at the end!

Using snips, I cut the bottom edge from the butterflies and added DSP to the inside of the card.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

As this was a card for a brand new team member who signed during the July recruiting special, I changed the sentiment to ‘hello’.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

This is a set you’ll want to own – it’s called Another Wonderful Year and is filled with pretty fonts & great sayings!

August is a great time to work your way through some of your Annual Catalogue wishlist – you’ll collect Bonus Days vouchers for every $90 you spend.  See all the details here.

Don’t forget that we’d love for you to join us for this challenge.  All the action happens in our Facebook group.   Click here to join.

You’ll also want to continue the hop to see what the other design team members have created using the Artistic Impressions pages as inspiration.

Next blog to visit is the gorgeous Judy May.

Thanks for joining us!


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – DSP

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Good evening & welcome to the September edition of our team blog hop.

I’m so proud of what our Paper Adventures team has achieved this year.  Many of them have undertaken new activities – starting a blog, running classes, selling their creations, with lots more adventure on the horizon!

It’s so empowering to be part of such an amazing group of ladies!!!

Today’s theme is “DSP” – which in Stampin’ Up! lingo refers to Designer Series Paper – the range of exclusive patterned paper created by the Stampin’ Up! design department.

DSP is one of my favourite products in the range!  I buy all the patterns in each catalogue!  I love having the variety at my finger tips.

An affordable way to own every design is to purchase a Paper Share.  Find out more about the Holiday Catalogue one here.

Many crafters hoard DSP – afraid to use up all their favourite patterns or cut into those beautiful sheets.

I don’t have this fear and use DSP whenever I can!  I cut it, stick it and use it on so many of the cards I create.  It’s my favourite background!

When I was thinking of what to make for this hop, I wanted to explore ways to use DSP that aren’t always my first thought.

I came up with several – you can emboss it, stamp on it and use more than one pattern.

The two I am sharing with you today are…

DIE CUT IT!

The variation in colour makes for a great background for die cut pieces.  Or, in the case of this card, I used the ombre colour palette from the Color Theory DSP to  create variation in texture for my butterflies….

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

And the Wood Textures DSP to create a custom envelope…

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

The second project I’m sharing is great for when you need a quick card…

RIP IT!

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

I almost always use DSP in a solid rectangle background piece or in a long strip!

This diagonal rip is perfect for pretty papers with lots of detail, like the Petal Garden DSP.

I’ve also added some DSP (in my traditional strip style!) to the middle of the card…

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

Can you tell how much I love DSP?

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

So, here’s the challenge for the week –

Cut & use a piece of DSP that you’ve been ‘saving’ or choose a different way than your “DSP-go-to” for a project.

If this blog hop has inspired a need for more DSP, check out my Holiday Catalogue Paper Share, choose a current DSP from the online store or visit the Clearance Rack of the online store for some DSP at great discounts!!!

Next up is our guest designer for this hop – Marian Fleming.

Marian is a demonstrator in Perth that I met at OnStage and recently visited us for a class.

Crafting with Marian Fleming | kelly kent

How awesome that a common love of stamps makes it so easy to make new friends!

Thanks for sharing in our team hop today!

If you want any more information about how to get a ticket for the Paper Adventures train, click here for all the details about joining Stampin’ Up!.

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List of Paper Adventurers on this hop…


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CASEing the Catty #124 Host Sets

Happy Easter Sunday!

How’s the chocolate consumption going?  I have OD’d!!!  Someone hide the secret stash from me!!!

I’m pleased to be sharing a chocolate free creation with you today for CASEing the Catty #124 – Host Sets.

For this challenge we had free reign on any inspiration coming from the host sets in the Annual or Occasions catalogue.

I flicked through the catalogue earlier in the week and couldn’t make a deicions.  WHen I came back to it later in the week, it was an easy choice.

Funny how our experiences during the week can alter how we think or see things!

My week has been all about the retirement list.  There’s still lots of choice for amazing Stampin’ Up! items – many at a discount.

Technically, all of the host sets are retiring (they always do).  But it was another retiring set that I wanted to get inky again… before it goes!

I’ve loved Kinda Eclectic!!!  That sweet little butterfly has featured on many cards produced via my craft table.

I used the layout from this host card in the Annual Catalogue…

To create this Kinda Eclectic version with butterflies!

I used the Gold Wink of Stella pens to create the gold splatters on the card base.

This has {NEVER} worked for me before!  And now that I’ve been able to master it, I’m sad that the gold pen is retiring!  But soooooo happy that the Clear Wink of Stella pen is staying around.

The sentiment is from the Helping Me Grow stamp set.  Although retiring, I’m going to keep this set in my stash because it’s a classic for teachers and other helping influences.

If you see any favourites in my blog posts over the next 6 weeks that I mention as retiring, you’ll want to order those before they disappear forever!  Stocks are available unti 31st May 2017 or the warehouse runs out – whichever comes first!  Retirement list shopping is best done in my online store.

Please join us for the CASEing the Catty challenge by visiting our Facebook page.

You can enjoy more design team inspiration by visiting the blog of my talented stamping friend Monique Fielder

Until next time,

 

Just Add Ink #346 Add Two

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Last year as a trial Just Add Ink introduced a new type of challenge – ‘Add Two’ (from a choice of three).

They’ve been popular and I’m not surprised – it’s fun to see where the creativity takes everyone when they have some choice.

This week we are choosing from hearts, flowers & butterflies.

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This challenge was perfect timing for me – my wedding anniversary with Mr Papercraft is next week.

Part of our wedding ceremony included a butterfly release.

Butterflies are a symbol of new beginnings and releasing them during a wedding celebrates the new journey for the bride & groom.

Butterfly Release. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If you look carefully just near my flowers you can see one of the butterflies – I think it was Mr P’s fluttering off!

This one stopped for a pause (and photograph) before making it’s way into the world.

Butterfly Release. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


How amazing that Nikki chose such a wonderful trio of elements to add this week.

I’ve chosen butterflies (of course) and hearts to create a card for Mr P that features a reference to our special memories.

Just Add Ink #346. Add Two: Hearts & Butterflies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Just Add Ink #346. Add Two: Hearts & Butterflies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And I carried the theme through to the inside of the card with more hearts, butterfly feature & gold touches.

I love the ‘you’re my person’ stamp from the Falling For You stamp set.  Actually – I love that whole stamp set!!!

Just Add Ink #346. Add Two: Hearts & Butterflies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Be sure to check out the Just Add Ink blog to see what ‘two’ the other design team members chose.

And share your creation with us using the linky tool on the Just Add Ink site.

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Stamp Review Crew – Botanical Blooms

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Happy Monday and welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew hop for August.

Prepare to be dazzled by the Crew’s inspiration for the Botanical Blooms stamp set.

It’s another set in the SU! range with coordinating framelits for fabulous crafting!


This set was a bit of a challenge for me – because I always go for those luscious dies.  And hardly ever ink up the stamp set.

But, challenge accepted and with a determination to only use the stamp set, I created three one-layer ‘masked’ cards using the sweet flowers, leaves & scatter stamps to create colour bursts.

Stamp Review Crew - Botanical Blooms stamp set. One-Layer cards with Stylized Birthday stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Each card used masking to contain the stamped images.

Stamp Review Crew - Botanical Blooms stamp set. One-Layer cards with Stylized Birthday stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Using photocopy paper and various shapes, I ‘masked’ out the white space I wanted to keep clean and stamped the Whisper White card base with a collage of Botanical Blooms.

They overlapped each other quite carelessly and I used another technique called ‘stamping off’ or ‘second generation stamping’ to create lighter tones of the same colour for some of the images.

Stamp Review Crew - Botanical Blooms stamp set. One-Layer cards with Stylized Birthday stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The colour palette is Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Blushing Bride & Mint Macaron with a striking Basic Black Archival sentiment.

The archival ink is my go-to for anything bold because the depth of colour is awesome and the image is always really solid.

Stamp Review Crew - Botanical Blooms stamp set. One-Layer cards with Stylized Birthday stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The lovely bold sentiment you see is a favourite of mine – a single wood stamp set called Stylized Birthday.

I love it for the size & beautiful font!!!


I know you’re going to see lots of amazing inspiration as you keep hopping.

You can go backwards to the super stylish Mike Funke or on to the next stop for the ever-fabulous Dawn Tidd.

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Leave me a comment if you have time – I read and cherish every one!

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