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.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

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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December Birthdays Blog Hop

I am excited about Christmas and trying my hardest to be ready, but so many beautiful people I know are born between November and February!!!  It’s party central around here!

So, when the lovely Natalie Lapakko invited me to be part of the December Birthdays blog hop, it seemed perfect for my current creative needs!!!

You are visiting with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia, on this international journey.  Hello!!!

The line-up for this hop is crazy talented, so make sure you keep hopping until you get back to where you started so you don’t miss a single project!

I said there’s lots of birthdays happening here…..yes….?

Which means I have a few things to share!  There’s a little something from all the catalogues.

Let’s start with a masculine cowboy card from the Annual Catalogue…

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

I love the variety within the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue!  Can I make a cowboy card for a 40th birthday…. yes I can!!!

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

Complete with a lasso rope embellishment!  And of course, cowboy boots!!!

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

The Woodgrain embossing folder is sadly retired, but if you don’t own it, you could add in more of the gorgeous Wood Textures DSP.


My next share is using the Cat Punch from the Holiday Catalogue.

I was so excited to find out that this cute kitty is on the 2017 Holiday Catalogue Carryover List.  You can find all the details about carrying over and retiring Holiday Catalogue products here.

Birthday Cat | kelly kentHow striking in the black cat in pretty DSP!?

Birthday Cat | kelly kent

The stamp set is the much loved, but shamefully underused Paint Play stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.   You’ll find the Pick at Pattern DSP there too!

Birthday Cat | kelly kent


The final card I’m sharing tonight is a sneak peek from the upcoming Occasions 2018 catalogue….

Bird Banter | kelly kent

One of the new catalogue highlights is the amazing new DSP patterns – wow-oh-wow, they are divine!  The one you see here is the gorgeous Sweet Soiree Speciality paper with silver foiling on every sheet.

Bird Banter | kelly kent

Isn’t this design just the perfect budgerigar colour combination!!!

Bird Banter | kelly kent

And doesn’t he look sweet coloured with the Stampin’ Blends!!!

Blends would make an amazing December birthday present!!!

Or a just because present…..  I love them so much I’m planning on buying a second set for classes.  We’re going to be using these lots!!!

If you’re in Australia and know someone with a birthday that {NEEDS} a Stampin’ Up! gift voucher – get in touch with me!  I can help!!!


For more inspiration that lead to extra items to add to your never ending wishlist, including lots more new catalogue sneak peeks, keep hopping!!!

I’m delighted to be linking to the lady with the best organisational skills – and awesome design talents, Natalie Lapakko in the US!

Thanks for hopping with us, and to Natalie for having us!

If you know someone with a December birthday, make sure to give them a big happy birthday hug or send them a hug in a card.  I’m told the birthday love at this time of the year gets a big overshadowed by Christmas!!

If you’re into making New Years Resolutions – make it to send at least one handmade card by mail next year!  There is truly fewer things in life’s simple pleasures than retrieving an envelope of prettiness from the letterbox!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


December Birthdays Blog Hop

Visit all the amazing designers…

Amy Koenders
Carolynn Sander
Charlet Mallett
Holly Stene
Janneke de Jong
Jay Soriano
Jenny Hall
Jessie Holton
Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
Natalie Lapakko
Rochelle Blok
Stesha Bloodhart
Sylwia Schreck
Tanya Boser

Colour INKspiration #20

Oh my – check out this fortnight’s colour swatch for the newest Colour INKspiration challenge!

It’s both glorious & terrifying all at the same time – which makes it the perfect challenge.

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I would have never put these colours together (and also confess to almost never using Always Artichoke!).  There’s the option to add Wood Textures DSP for this challenge too.

The inspiration picture that the colours were selected from is divine!

My starting point for this card was a desperate need to release my cat punch from the plastic packaging!  I bought it with great anticipation, and have been loving all the ideas I’ve seen on Facebook, Pinterest & instagram!

It was time to have a play myself!!

I started by creating a cat silhouette using the optional Wood Textures DSP, and then added some flowers inspired by the challenge photo & colours, which gave me this cute card…

Colour INKspiration #20 | kelly kent

I haven’t added a sentiment yet – I think I’ll leave it off until I decide who to give it to.  Or, use it as an all occasions card!

Colour INKspiration #20 | kelly kent

I just love the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set & Bouquet Bunch Framelits for adding floral elements to cards.

And I’m not the only one!  Check out some of the other ways the crew used it on this blog hop plus some more amazing projects.

Next up, you’re spending more time in Western Australia.  Make sure you visit my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson and her beautiful take on the challenge colours!

Thanks for joining us!  We’d love to see your creations added to our Facebook group.  Click here to go there

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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