Paper Adventures Team Hop | Halloween

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Hello & welcome to our team hop – October edition.

The theme this month is the Toil & Trouble suite & Halloween.  We’ve invited the immensely talented Tanya Boser to share her spooky project as our October guest designer.

Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia as other parts of the world.  We don’t give cards or treats out unless it’s trick or treating on the afternoon of 31st – and trick or treating isn’t a tradition for many households.

One of our team, Mandy (you’ll visit her blog on this hop) is running a craft session for kids so they can have some Halloween fun with just the treats! – what a great idea!

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Despite not celebrating Halloween here at Papercraft HQ, I often buy lots of items from the Halloween section of the Holiday Catalogue because they make great non-Halloween cards – particularly boys & kids themed cards.

So, today I’m sharing with you two cards I made using the super cute Toil & Trouble DSP, finished off with a birthday sentiment.

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The first card is a bat / batman theme using the Spooky Bats Punch (Holiday Catalogue, page 51).  I couldn’t resist the bat punch thinking ahead to making Batman themed birthday cards!

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The second card uses another pattern from the Toil & Trouble DSP featuring spooky cats.  I added this with the cat punch to create another birthday card.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The Happy Birthday in both of these cards is one of my favourites – you’ll find it in the Perennial Birthday stamp set.

There’s other great patterns in this DSP including frogs, ghosts, witches & plain patterns such as stars, stripes & spots.  So next time you’re ordering DSP, make sure to see beyond the marketed use and imagine what else those patterns could make you!

For more spooky inspiration, please keep hopping and visit our fabulous guest designer – Tanya Boser.

Thanks for joining us!

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You Can’t Go Wrong With A Shaker Card!

It’s my firm belief, when in doubt about making a card for someone, that you can’t go wrong with moving pieces.

People love interactive cards and they’ll be so busy shaking, sliding or making it move that they won’t be worried about much else.

So, when making a card for Miss Papercraft’s bestie, who turns 6 tomorrow, it was a simple shaker card on order.

There wasn’t a party theme to follow, so I went with the classic black, red & white combination!

Boys Birthday Shaker Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I started the card thinking I’d add a superhero (hence the pow feature bubble) but decided against it at the end.  Simple works!

Shaker cards are a nuisance to photograph – with all the reflection, so please accept this as my best attempt!!!

His birthday present is an outing, so the ‘here’s to another year of full of adventures’ was perfect for the middle.

Boys Birthday Shaker Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love watching the evolution of my children’s writing & literacy skills!!!

It’s such a cute age!

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Super Zac – Fighting Tiger!

The card I’m sharing with you today is special – it was sent to a little man who is currently going through chemo for leukemia.

His Nanny is one of my stamping friends and has been one of his biggest supporters.

Having girls about the same age, these stories always have a personal touch – even though I’ve never met Zac.

So, when Lynne told us of the fight little Zac was going through, I knew a personalised card would add a bright touch to a difficult period.

He’s been described as a fighting tiger – and he’s a super hero in my eyes, so I made a super tiger card just for him.

Fighting Tiger - Super Zac! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The tiger was inspired by the one Dawn Tidd made for a Stamp Review Crew post.

Fighting Tiger - Super Zac! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Personalised cards are my favourite type!  The joy of being able to create something special for someone special – knowing you couldn’t buy it at the shops, even if you tried!!!

Good luck with your fight Zac!  You’re not just Zac, you’re Super Zac – Fighting Tiger!!!

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Just Add Ink #343 Pop Up & Interactive

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The Just Add Ink Design Team are starting 2017 with a blog hop!

And it’s all about pop up & interactive cards.  You’re going to love the ideas shared in this hop.

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I’ve chosen a style of pop up card that has been doing the rounds lately called a Twist & Pop card or a Pop Up Panel card.

From the front it looks like a normal card but as you open it the middle jumps out to reveal a pop up centre panel.  So cool.

And like many ‘fancy’ cards, once you know how, they are super easy to make!

I used the tutorial by Jan B and changed up the design to make it a Pokeball card for a friend of the Miss Papercrafts who loves Pokemon!

I always find photographing fancy fold cards a challenge, so I made a video to show you how cool this style of card is!


Pop up cards are always better in 3D!

But here’s the photos anyway….

Just Add Ink #343 Twist & Pop Pokemon Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Just Add Ink #343 Twist & Pop Pokemon Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Just Add Ink #343 Twist & Pop Pokemon Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Just Add Ink #343 Twist & Pop Pokemon Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Pokeball on the front is made from circle framelits.

The font on the inside is Cameo cut.  You can download the font here.


You should definitely try this style of card if you haven’t already – it’s a winner!

You’ll also want to keep hopping for more pop up & interactive card ideas.

Next up on the Just Add Ink hop is Karren over in New Zealand!

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Please share your creations with us using the linky tool on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can try one of the awesome cards shared on this hop, or share another style of pop up / interactive card.  I’m always on the lookout for fabulous (but easy) design ideas!

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Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card

Z-fold cards are all the rage at the moment – and it’s no wonder!

They are easy to make, great for creating ‘scenes’ and pack a real ‘wow’ for the recipient.


This birthday card was made for a special little man – who turns 3 today!

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I wanted to up the ante on the z-fold card and create a z-fold {WITH} a slider component.

Mr Xavier’s present included John Deere branded gardening toys, so a card to match, with a yellow & green garden theme was the obvious choice!

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The tractor is a Cameo Cut.  If you don’t have an e-cutter, you can find tutorials on Pinterest or Google for punch art tractors.

I wanted it to be one smooth piece for the best sliding effect, so the cameo version worked well for me.

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The sliding track was made using the new Classic Label punch – which was easy to line up along a pencil line with the pointed ends.  I punched it out several times along the front panel until I had a runner track.

I then snipped a bit further in each side and finished the track as a rectangle (you could leave it with pointed ends!).

To attach the track to the card, I put foam adhesive strips at the top, bottom and outside edge of the strip – just where the stationary section attaches to the card.

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

There are 2 coins under each wheel (held together with a dimensional and adhered to the back of the wheels) – which holds it steady and means it slides along the track rather than gravity trying to spin it.

The tractor is able to run the full length of the track and can be stored at either end while still being able to fold the card – for putting into an envelope or storing.

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


This card was such fun to make!  My brain is now “spinning” with other ideas for what I might slide across the front of a z-fold card!

Happy Birthday Xavier.  I hoe you enjoy your card – if your Mummy lets you touch it.  Although I tried to reinforce the track with lots of foam adhesive strip, I doubt any of my paper creations would withstand the cyclone force of a 3 year old boy!!!

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Magic Dinosaur Reverse X-Ray Card

We must be back in a birthday orbit at the moment because this is the second kids birthday card I’ve shared this week!  (Or is it the third?)

This card ended up being a comedy of errors to make.  I had it all planned out in my head, but putting it the magic part together involved a fair bit of prising apart and re-doing.

I almost didn’t blog it but because it’s a cool card – I wanted to share.  You are likely to be able to recreate it without the hassles I encountered!!! (I’m sure I did every step the hard way)

I also wanted to remind you that blog writers are normal crafters too – with just as many failures, ’roundabout’ creations and trial & error cards to their name as you.

Often you don’t hear about how many attempts it took to get the one you see in the photo, or how much cardstock ended up in the bin before we got it right!  It can seem like you’re the only one making ‘templates’ (this is what my Tuesday class ladies call their practice attempts – templates that you go back to for measurements & reminders).  I am here to tell you – EVERYONE MAKES TEMPLATES!


So, here is my magic dinosaur card…

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Where’s the magic?  Pull here and he goes from being an x-ray dino, to a ful colour T-Rex!

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I had made the suggestion to Stampin’ Up! (on more than 1 occasion) that vertical sentiments would be awesome – and this catalogue we got them!!!!  Yay – sometimes you just need a n option that goes up & down!

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

He’s not perfect, but he works (kinda… don’t pull too hard).  I hope Mr 6 enjoyed the fun of turning his dinosaur card into full colour!  Kelly x

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Choo Choo – Happy “Thomas” Birthday

I will often match a birthday card with the theme of the party or invite.  Ashton’s 2nd birthday invite had a Thomas the Tank Engine theme, so I wanted to try my version of a Thomas Pop n Cuts card I saw on Pinterest (inspiration provided by Patsy Waggoner – here).  Sadly, Pop n Cuts retired this year, but I’ve held on to mine so I can still make cool 3D cards like this one.

Although the original cards was fabulous, I made a few changes.  Instead of a punch art Thomas, I used a template (found on Pinterest … addict much?), I changed up the colour scheme and added in a banner.  Happy Birthday Ashton!  We hope you had a lovely day!  Kelly x

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Supply List;

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Extended Cutting Pads

Die: Pop n Cuts + Label insert (retired)

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack, Cupcake Builder

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey

Ink: Pacific Point, Tuxedo Black Memento

Marker: Project Life Journaling Pens

Stamp Sets: Remembering Your Birthday, Sassy Salutations, Get Your Santa On

Flipping Out for a Lego Treat!

A little while ago I saw a card on Pinterest with a Lego man in a treat cup and instantly put it into the “what an idea!” category.  So, with a perfect little birthday man in mind, I set to work.

To create my version of this fabulous idea, I used the Circle Card die with an extra score line to make it more like an easel, stuck the little Lego policeman into the Treat Cup and decorated using blue & white.  Today, he’ll be on his way to wish Liam’s a very happy 3rd birthday and join his new Lego family.  I hope the toys  are ready for some law & order (if he’s allowed to escape)!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Simply Scored

Thinlit: Circle Card

Punches: 1-3/4″ Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Whisper White

Speciality Paper: Silver Foil

DSP: Brights Paper Stack (Pacific Point chevron)

Ink: Night of Navy

Stamp Sets: A Happy Hooray, Hello Love

Extras: Circle Treat Cups, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, Lego (not SU!)

Birthday Blocks – Lego Card

Lego is back in fashion again thanks to a new LEGO movie.  Having two young girls, Lego is not yet on our radar, so I haven’t seen the movie – but I hear it’s good.

The request for this card was something ‘Lego’.  Lego is a lovely punch art theme – all circles & squares.  In my big new catalogue order, I purchased Hello Honeycomb specifically for the little sentiments.  I got a chance to break it open for this card because they fit beautifully into the 3/4″ “Lego” circles.  Rather than a standard C6 card, the dimensions are 6″ x 4″ to fit the straightforward maths needed for the blocks [my Lego blocks are 1″ x 2″, 1″ x 2″ or 1″ x 3″].

If punch art isn’t your style, but you know a Lego fan, then take a looksee at the new Boys Will Be Boys stamp set – it has a great Lego blocks stamp.  Good for the little ones and the big kids at heart!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer

Punches: 3/4″ Circle, Merry Minis Punch Pack

Cardstock: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Whisper White

Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point

Stamp Set: Hello Honeycomb

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals