Muchas Gracias – It’s a Challenge Fiesta!!!

Hola!!!

On a complete stroke of good fortune, I’m managed to combine the needs of three different challenges this week to create a fun thank you card.

First challenge is the colour combination from Just Add Ink #317

And the sketch from Global Design Project #042

At this point I had my card planned out… and then what did I spy???  What Will You Stamp #70 is all about Birthday Fiesta – my already chosen stamp set.

So, of course, it was meant to be a threesome this time around!


Now, after all this challenge link up I bet you’re impatient to know what I created???

Aqui esta… Here is my “Muchas Gracias” (thank you very much) card…

Challenge Fiesta - JAI#317, GDP#042 & WWYS#70 - featuring Birthday Fiesta stamp set, Swirly Scribbles framelits & Labeler Alphabet stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I’m still putting the effort into decorating the insides of my card too…  I even added some bling to this one!

Challenge Fiesta - JAI#317, GDP#042 & WWYS#70 - featuring Birthday Fiesta stamp set, Swirly Scribbles framelits & Labeler Alphabet stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


How cool is the Labeler Alphabet stamp?  Create your own sentiments in any language!  Convert a “Birthday Fiesta” to a thank you fiesta!  Endless opportunities!

Challenge Fiesta - JAI#317, GDP#042 & WWYS#70 - featuring Birthday Fiesta stamp set, Swirly Scribbles framelits & Labeler Alphabet stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What a cool dude that llama is!  He’s quirky yet awesome all at the same time!

Make sure to click on the links above to visit the design team projects of each challenge and get more great inspiration for use of colour, card layout & stamp set ideas!!!  Kelly x


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Sometimes The Colours Are Enough GDP#041

The colours this week for Global Design Project #041 are just up my alley – since I’m totally in love with Sweet Sugarplum!!!

I didn’t want to overdesign this card.  The colours are a good mix between sweet & bold and it was the simple contrast I wanted to showcase.

So, it’s a Clean & Simple (CAS) creation…

GDP#041 - Colour Challenge. Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White & Night of Navy. Vintage Leaves collage. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Watercoloring often ends up with a slightly muted tone of the original colour, so it’s great to create contrast within the card.

This pink leaf pattern was created by stamping the Vintage Leaf onto watercolor paper 5 times in Versamark, covering with clear embossing powder, heat setting and then watercoloring in Sweet Sugarplum with my aquapainter.  The clear embossing ‘resists’ the ink and leaves you with an outline & colour.

The leaves were cut using the coordinating framelit & then stuck to the Shimmery White panel.  Trim the edges, add a sentiment and it’s all done.

GDP#041 - Colour Challenge. Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White & Night of Navy. Vintage Leaves collage. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Sometimes simple just works!  Kelly x

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Hey, hey! It’s Father’s Day (in the US) – JAI#316

Hey, hey!  I know lots of my visitors each day hail from the United States of America.

And today in the US they are celebrating Father’s Day.


So, I thought I’d share in the celebrations with a masculine themed card using some more new products from the catalogue release.

This is my dark & broody motorcycle card using the ‘One Wild Ride’ stamp set.

JAI#316 - Stripes. Masculine birthday card - One Wild Ride stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To tie in with the theme over at Just Add Ink #316 this week, I have accepted Patrice’s challenge to add stripes.

I was so excited to see that Stampin’ Up! have included a diagonal stripe background stamp!!!  Stripes are a great addition to lots of cards and a stamp means they can come in any colour – as many times as you like!  And, like this card – with whatever background cardstock colour you choose!!!


And, don’t fall off your chair… but I’m on a roll with decorating the inside of cards.  Nothing too elaborate, but it definitely adds a nice extra touch to the card.  Next stop…  envelope decoration!

JAI#316 - Stripes. Masculine birthday card (inside) - One Wild Ride stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Another new addition featured in this card is the Basic Black Baker’s Twine – in solid black!!!  There’s 5 new solids colours in the Baker’s Twine range and they are fabulous!  {But then twine is one of my favourite products!}

JAI#316 - Stripes. Masculine birthday card - One Wild Ride stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Hope it’s a very lovely Father’s Day in the US.  Ours is in September, so this card would be a perfect one (minus the birthday sentiment inside) for a motorbike loving Dad – if you are super organised!  Or you can pin for later!  Does anyone craft without Pinterest? Kelly x

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Fairy Celebrations – How could I resist???

Today is day 3 of my new catalogue “box of fabulousness” sharing.

And today it’s all about fairies!

When I saw the Fairy Celebration stamp set in the new catalogue I knew that would be on my order!  With 2 Little Misses in the house – it’s a perfect fit for the type of cards I need to make!


Today’s card was designed for the Global Design Project #040 where we are CASEing Shawn de Oliveira.

I loved Shawn’s layout and watercolour effect, so took these features and married them with the colours & style I wanted for my fairy card.

This is the result:

Global Design Project #040 - Fairy Celebration Birthday Card CASEing the layout from Shawn de Oliveira. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The background was made by sponging Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride & Mint Macaron ink onto the Watercolor Wash background stamp and stamping this onto my Whisper White cardstock.

Global Design Project #040 - Fairy Celebration Birthday Card CASEing the layout from Shawn de Oliveira. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I then stamped the fairy stamp using Basic Gray Archival ink and using the above colours plus Crumb Cake, I coloured the stamp a little more with my Blender Pen.  And of course the fairy is finished with a layer of clear Wink of Stella – oh, how I love that magic pen!!!

Global Design Project #040 - Fairy Celebration Birthday Card CASEing the layout from Shawn de Oliveira. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This super sweet fairy stamp set is going to see a lot of ink. With 2 girls in the house, there’s going to be a lot of fairy cards in our future!  And I can’t wait!  Kelly x

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Good Morning! It’s New Catalogue Day!!!

Happy Wednesday, the first day of winter (here in Australia) and welcome to the new catalogue!!!

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The wait is over.  You can download your copy here.

Or if you prefer a hard copy, live in Australia and don’t yet have a demonstrator, email me your contact details and I’ll send you one.

The new colours are beautiful, stamps amazing & product selection plentiful.  There really is something for everyone in this catalogue.

This is a card we made in a class on the weekend using the bright & beautiful Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum & Peekaboo Peach inks.  The Definitely Dahlia stamp is carrying over from the 2016 catalogue.

Just Add Ink - #313 Add "B". Baby Wipe Technique - Definitely Dahlia stamp & 2016-2018 In Colors: Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum & Flirty Flamingo. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Using the ink refills, we made our our ‘stamp pad’ using a baby wipe.  This technique give a lovely marbled effect and shows off the new colours beautifully.

I wonder what the girls over at Just Add Ink will think for my ‘Just Add B #313‘ entry.

We also used ‘any colour’ embossing.  Did you know you can emboss in any Stampin’ Up! colour???

Simply ink your stamp in Versamark, then your chosen colour (Rich Razzleberry is pictured in my card) and then cover with clear embossing powder.  Heat as usual and the resulting colour will be a slightly lighter version of your chosen ink.


SHOP

If you’re ready to place an order (from the totally amazing choice of new products!!!), you can email me your list or shop online.  For online orders, the hostess code to apply for orders under $250 is CUSYWJ3B.

There’s a great promotion during June for all orders of $450+ (before shipping).

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JOIN

If your wishlist is looking longer than the weekly shopping list, then joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator can help you save money.  During June, you can add any 2 stamp sets to your starter kit for FREE!!!!  So that’s $169 for your starter kit which includes $235 of your choice of products, 2 additional stamp sets, free shipping & a business kit.

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You are welcome to join with any demonstrator you choose.  But, if you’re in Australia and want to join Team Papercraft, we’d be so excited to have you on board!

You can find more information about joining Stampin’ Up! here.


HOST

I have room in my diary during June to host a couple of workshops (Bunbury & surrounds).  I can also travel to Perth if you live in the big city and would like to host a workshop.

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I’m so excited about the new catalogue and can’t wait until my order arrives so I can share more amazing projects with you.

Make sure to check in on Sunday when I’ll be taking part in an ESAD blog hop full of new catalogue inspiration!

Kelly x

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Stamp Review Crew – Guy Greetings

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Today’s theme for the Stamp Review Crew is Guy Greetings.  I’m super excited about the inspiration that is to follow – because I really struggle with this stamp set.

It’s one of the few stamp sets made by Stampin’ Up! that comes in all three formats – wood, clear & photopolymer.

 

This post is part of an international blog hop with projects all themed around the Guy Greetings stamp set.  You might have just come from Tanya Boser’s fabulous post.  Now it’s me and next up is the wonderful creativity of Sue Plote.  Make the round trip & gather inspiration as you visit some of the best!


I’ve decided to make another pop-out swing card (because they are awesome – you can find instructions on Debbie’s blog here) but with a circle front to mix it up a little.

Stamp Review Crew - Guy Greetings stamp set. Pop-out Circle Swing Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The car image from Guy Greetings is my favourite to use and I find it the easiest to match to a theme.  The tools are a nice side-kick!

To be honest, the shirtless guy just weirds me out – I’m so curious to see if anyone on the hop can make an awesome card that features him!

Stamp Review Crew - Guy Greetings stamp set. Pop-out Circle Swing Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I do love the sentiments from this stamp set – they are bold & classic and perfect for masculine themed cards.

I had a bit of a play with the sentiments for this card and wanted to share my love of masking tape with you.

Masking is theme over at Just Add Ink this week, so I’m entering my card in their challenge.

The extra item every crafter needs in their toolbox. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

We all have a few non-Stampin’ Up! items in our ‘toolkit’.  Is masking tape in yours?

{Do you call it something other than masking tape? That might be so Aussie!}


I use masking tape all the time.  If you use it gently, it’s great for holding things in place for just a second.

But the reason I use it the most is for masking out parts of a stamp or sentiment when I don’t want them.  It seems a bit extreme to cut stamps (just in case you want them in the original format again – though I have been known to do it on occasion).  Masking makes it so easy to just block out the bit you don’t need.

For this card I needed to break up the ‘righty-tighty, lefty-loosey’ stamp and the ‘to a classic’ stamp because they didn’t fit in the panel or punch I wanted to use.

Using Masking Tape on stamps to change the sentiment. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To use masking tape on your stamps, simply rip off a piece big enough to cover the area you don’t want to see and put it sticky side down on your stamp.  If it’s close to other lettering, make sure you press the edge firmly down between the letters.

Using Masking Tape on stamps to change the sentiment. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Ink up your stamp and remove the tape before stamping on to your cardstock.  Don’t forget to take the tape off or you’ll get a strange pattern as well as your stamp!

Using Masking Tape on stamps to change the sentiment. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This technique works perfectly for photopolymer stamps that are easy to line up.

My last tip before I hand you over to the wonderful Sue at This Pink Rooster, is to make sure your stamp is super clean & dry before you start (or you’ll end up with a shadow on your masked part that shows up when you press down).

We’re getting ready to choose stamp sets from the new catalogue for the next months of hop.  I’m so excited to be creating & sharing some new stamp sets!!!  Kelly x

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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.

Sketch Time – JAI#310 & GDP#034

In this crazy world I call life, I have missed a few challenges of late due to time constraints.  Too much real life and not enough craft!  Now that doesn’t seem like a good balance does it?!?

Thankfully I managed to squeeze in some craft time over the past few days and I am entering this card for the Just Add Ink #310 sketch challenge {AND} the Global Design Project #034 sketch challenge.  Both challenge blogs have very similar elements in their sketches – how cool is that!?!


I’m not sure if it’s all above board to be merging sketches – so apologies if this forms a big challenge no-no, but I loved them both and didn’t want to choose one blog over the other for entry. They both inspired my final design.

I took the watercolour inspiration from the GDP blog and started to watercolour a JAI inspired circle (that didn’t work out by the way!).

I then cut out a large circle and used this as a template for my Gorgeous Grunge creation.  It’s a mix of Pool Party, Soft Sky & gold heat embossing.

JAI#310 & GDP#034 - Sketch Inspired. Gorgeous Grunge Dandelion Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Because the template (made of cardstock) formed a raised edge, I didn’t get a perfect circle – it was more like a dandelion.  And the card was created from there!

JAI#310 & GDP#034 - Sketch Inspired. Gorgeous Grunge Dandelion Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The final touch was inspired by Jessica Williams’ Artisan Design Team card during the week – gold thread hand-stitching.  It’s so luxurious and the perfect way to finish a ‘white space’ card like this.

Gold thread hand-stitching on my Gorgeous Grunge Dandelion card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The stitching took ages – but was very therapeutic.  There’s just something lovely about the symmetry of it!

Stitching on cards is one of my favourite finishes – I must do more of it!!!  Thankfully the metallic thread is carrying-over to the new catalogue.  I wonder what new colours will join in for 2016???  Just over 3 weeks til all the new catalogue questions are answered.  I can’t wait!  Kelly x

PS, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all my blog readers xxx

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Just Add M JAI#308

This week at Just Add Ink it’s all about adding “M”.  I’m always reluctant to go with the obvious choice (ie, Mother’s Day) and after some “M” searching, I have decided I will go with “MASCULINE”.  I know card for the special guys in our lives are sometimes challenging to make, so I’m excited to share this design with you.

It uses the now retired Skating By stamp set.  I saw “now retired” because it is sold out!  Every item on the retired list is ‘until stocks last’ and they are disappearing fast!  So, if you have something on your wishlist, you may want to order it sooner rather than later.  You can find an up-to-date retired list here (items that have sold out are marked in the final column).

Just Add Ink #308 "M" is for Masculine - Skating By stamp set, Brick Wall embossing folder. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The shading for this card was a fabulous happy accident – don’t you love it when that happens???  I inked up the Brick Wall embossing folder with Smoky Slate ink (then tried to rub some of it off!) and then ran it through the Big Shot which created a wonderful shading pattern that fit my card design perfectly.

Thankfully the Brick Wall embossing folder is not on the retired list- yay!

There’s two new 6×6″ embossing folders in the new catalogue.  6×6″ folders are great because you don’t have to worry about which way around you want your card to go!!!  Plus they are super cute designs.

5 weeks to go til all things new are revealed (and orderable!).  So excited!  Kelly x

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My favourite colours! JAI#307

Just Add Ink has delighted us this week with a colour challenge that includes one of my favourite colour combinations – yellow, grey & white.  It’s so classic and timeless and lends itself to so many occasions.

I’m actually not sure what occasion this card would be best suited to.  Baby? Get well?  Just because?  Thanks?  It could be any of those!  Everyone loves elephants – right?

Just Add Ink #307 - Colour Combination: Delightful Dijon, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate & Whisper White.  Zoo Babies "Little Sunshine" Elephant Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love elephants!  Especially shimmery yellow ones!

Just Add Ink #307 - Colour Combination: Delightful Dijon, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate & Whisper White.  Zoo Babies "Little Sunshine" Elephant Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Thanks Just Add Ink!  Keep the awesome challenges coming! Kelly x

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