TGIF – Emboss Resist Challenge

Good afternoon!  Here is Bunbury, Western Australia it’s cold & wet.  Perfect weather for crafting!!!

While scrolling through Facebook, I saw this gorgeous card by Chloe Evans.  So pretty & inspiring!!

I’m so pleased to be able to call Chloe a friend of mine!!   We both contribute to several shared design teams, and also to some other ones.

One of Chloe’s DT roles is with TGIF – a challenge I’ve often admired, but never jumped in to join the fun!

This week I am!!!  The theme for TGIF#118 is Emboss Resist – a technique I love!

I’ve combined it with another technique I’m currently in love with – ink “smooshing” (or smooching).

This has been floating around for a while and I wish I was quicker on the uptake (we know I’m not though!!!) – because it’s the easiest and most effective watercolouring I’ve ever done.

And for someone that’s had more watercolour fails than successes along the way, it’s like finding an inky oasis in the desert!!!

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

To get the emboss resist effect, I stamped the trio of stars on the background of Shimmery White cardstock in Versamark, the embossed in clear.  This meant I could “smoosh” as much ink on as I wanted and it wouldn’t take the colour in those places.

There’s lots of tutorials on smooshing – I loved this one by another stamping friend, Jenny Hall.

If you’re adding more than one colour, you need to make sure to allow dry time (or for the impatient crafter like me, help it along with the low setting on your heat tool) between each colour, or they’ll run into each other and ruin your effect!

For this project I used Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise & Dapper Denim.

Lots of plastic surfaces work to transfer the ink, but cello bags were a great option for me!

Ink Smooshing | kelly kent

 

This photo of the star centrepiece also shows up the smooshing colour variation and the embossed stars.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

I didn’t purposely set out to make a Christmas card for this challenge, but the last weekend in July seems like a fitting time for one final Christmas in July card!

I do love the Star of Light stamp set – and I’m so glad it appeared in the Annual Catalogue.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent


If you’re ready for some new Christmas stamps, you are going to {LOVE} the upcoming Holiday Catalogues.  Demonstrators got a sneak peak during the week – and there’s lots of excitement!!!

If you can’t wait til September to see & buy Christmas stamps, you might want to take advantage of the July joining special and join my Paper Adventures team.

The cost for your amazing Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit is $169.  This will land on your doorstep (with free shipping):

  • $235 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products
  • $187 of Christmas in July extras (snips, blocks, adhesive, grid paper, bone folder & Carols of Christmas stamp set)
  • a pack of Stampin’ Up! extras including some catalogues & order forms (just in case you want them – no need to sell to anyone other than yourself if that’s what you choose)

You’ll also get:

  • immediate access to the online version of the upcoming Holiday Catalogue
  • option to pre-order Holiday Catalogue items as of 1st August
  • 20% discount on anything you buy, or 20% commission on any orders you take
  • access to our Paper Adventures Facebook team page, plus invites to participate in team meetings, blog hops & challenges
  • the opportunity to stay as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator until {at least} January 31, 2018.

If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or joining this great company, please get in touch with me so I can provide the answers!

There’s never a bad time to join Stampin’ Up!, but if you want all the extras that are included for Christmas in July, you have just over 2 days to join.

Ready to go?  Click here to join using the online portal.

I’d love to welcome you to our Stampin’ Up! team!  It’ll be such a wonderful experience, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #368 – Twist (Birthday for Christmas)

I’m not sure I’m the most popular person on the Just Add Ink Design Team at the moment after suggesting this juicy little challenge!

Who’s up for using a Birthday stamp set to create a Christmas card???

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To meet the guidelines of this challenge, you must use a set that is traditionally used for birthdays (or contains a birthday sentiment) – and use it to make a Christmas card!!!

Of course, making a Christmas card with just a birthday set is tricky, so feel free to add in another set to tie your project together.

I used the Birthday Delivery stamp set – which I have been promising myself to get inky for a while now.

The characters are just so cute!

Here’s the sweet little girl looking in on a lit up Christmas tree…

Just Add Ink #386 Christmas Twist | kelly kent

The ‘greetings’ is from the same stamp set, but I’ve borrowed the Christmas from Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

Just Add Ink #386 Christmas Twist | kelly kent

The white on white embossing paste was a lovely texture for my wall…

Just Add Ink #386 Christmas Twist | kelly kent

Please join us for this fun challenge.  It seems a little strange at first – but embodies what I love about challenges – it stretches your creativity to a really fun place!

Enter your creation over at the Just Add Ink blog.

The other design team cards are here too – there’s a great assortment of wonderful creativity.

Hopefully they loved the creative challenge as much as I did!


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Amazing July!

Well, it’s official, we’re half way through the year!

Hope the first half has been wonderful for you.

Today’s post is full of all the exciting things that are happening in July if you love Stampin’ Up!

The first one is {BIG}!

If you’ve been thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! – or even if you hadn’t considered it before now – then read on!

During July, Stampin’ Up! are offering two bonuses with the already amazing value that comes with your Starter Kit.

You can purchase your fully customisable starter kit for $169 which includes your choice of $235 of products, free shipping and business supplies, and you’ll also get the pre-release Carols of Christmas stamp set {AND} an Essential Gift Pack.  That’s $121 of free gifts!

Our team – Paper Adventures – is constantly growing and we’d love to have you join us, no matter what reason you have.  It might be that you’re looking forward to a 20% discount on all your Stampin’ Up! supplies.  It might be that you’d like to be part of a supportive team of like-minded crafters.  It might be that you’re looking for a business opportunity.  Or you might just want to see what it’s like!

As always, there’s no pressure or expectations with Stampin’ Up! other than a minimum spend of $454 every 3 months.  That spend can be just yours – or you can sell to family,  friends & customers to keep up your minimums & earn some income.

Anyone who joins in July will be an active demonstrator until at least 31st January 2018, regardless of how much or little you spend during that time.  This means a guaranteed 7 months of discount on your favourite products, plus that amazing pack of extras during July!

If you’d like more information, or if you’re ready to sign that paperwork, click here!


After having so much fun with the Bonus Days promotion last year, Stampin’ Up! are running it again.

For every $90 spent in the same transaction during July, you’ll get a $9 voucher to spend in August!


It’s going to be a sensational July!!!  If you have any questions about any of the promotions, or I can help you with an order, please get in touch with me by email or Facebook or visit my online store.

What an amazing time to love Stampin’ Up!

PS, if you saw an earlier version of this blog post you might have seen the pre-release info for Carols of Christmas!  This is a demonstrator only promotion for July.  But don’t worry, you’ll be able to order this set in August!!!  If you really love it and want it in July, you’ll just have to join as a demo!!! Hehe!!  Thanks to my lovely friend Cheryl for proof-reading my posts!  Everyone needs a friend like Cheryl!

Christmas in July 2015

It’s been a big week of Christmas here at mypapercraftjourney.

On Thursday I got a sneak peek at the new Holiday Catalogue – wow!!!  It’s filled with lots (and I mean lots) of awesome new products.  I think there’s something on every page that made it to my wishlist.

Pre-order starts for demos on 4th August and then everyone else is able to access the catalogue from 1st September.

Want to get a jump on your Christmas cards this year?  If you join SU! 4th-31st August, you’ll be able to include items from the Holiday Catalogue in your Starter Kit {which also means you’ll get more value out of your wishlist and free shipping!).  Or, join now and you’ll get instant access to the new catalogue so you can start writing your wishlist, ready for first shipping on 4th August!!!


The other Christmas fun this week was the Christmas In July card class which happened this morning at my house.  It was a lovely morning spent with the 4 beautiful ladies who attended, but I made them work hard to get it all finished!  Crafting time management is not a strong point of mine!

Here’s what we made:

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Main supplies: Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Wonderful Wreath bundle (stamp set & framelits), Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Silver Glimmer Paper, Decorative Label Punch.

Card in a box directions at Di Barnes blog.

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Main supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Festival of Trees bundle (stamp set & punch), Gold Glimmer Paper, Real Red Cotton Ribbon

Inspiration for my Envelope Punch Board Card can be found at Julie Kettlewell’s blog.

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Main supplies: Owl & Bird Builder Punches, Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Sassy Salutations stamp set.

I wanted to make something to hold the cards that would be suitable for a present, so I designed a slimline Christmas Gift Bag using the new Gift Bag Punch Board (GBPB).  Instead of using the board to score the bag lines, I scored these on my Stampin’ Trimmer and then used the GBPB for the bottom tabs and top holes.

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These are the instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of 12″ x 12″cardstock or DSP to 8-1/2″ (so it measures 12″ x 8-1/2″)
  2. Along the 12″ side, score at 4-3/4″, 5-3/4″, 10-1/2″ and 11-1/2″
  3. Score 1-1/2″ from the bottom of the long edge
  4. Place the bottom edge of your card/DSP into the GBPB along the 12″ side and line up each score line with the ‘start line’ – punch and then move to the next score line.  You may like to do the edges too.
  5. Put your card/DSP back into your trimmer and cut down the flaps by 1/2″ inch (so your cardstock length will now be 8″).
  6. Using the reverse punch on the GBPB, line up each score line with the reverse punch notch and punch the holes.
  7. Adhere the side and base of your bag using your favourite adhesive and add ribbon to finish the closure.

This bag will fit Australian C6 size cards & envelopes (and probably American ones too but I haven’t actually tested).  You can jazz up the bag front with embellishments & stamping/cardstock.  It makes a great gift that showcases your handmade talents – imagine your friends & family waiting to see if they receive a special card kit as a present!  I know I’ll be making these for birthdays too.  They are so easy to whip up using the Gift Bag Punch Board.   Kelly x