Another Bronze Adventure!

The Paper Adventures team continues to soar to great heights.

The latest Adventurer to earn a promotion was Siobhan, now enjoying a 25% discount with her Bronze Elite status!

This is the bronze inspired card I made for Siobhan…

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Love the Foil Snowflake?  This one is heat embossed with Copper embossing powder!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

It looks scary, but it’s so easy to do!  Sponge your Versamark pad directly onto the snowflake, coat in embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.  If you missed any spots, you can go back with some more Versamark & powder and heat again.

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

The copper embossing looks great against the new Champagne foil!


Don’t tell my stamps, but I’ve been spending a bit of time lately with a different hobby – vinyl lettering.

It feels like everything that could be vinyled, has been!  Like any fun new hobby, it’s addictive.

I love being able to make custom creations that coordinate with the cards I made.

The bronze theme continued for an awesome mug for Siobhan.

We share a love of good quality teas!  And also a tendency to stay up too late stamping.

So, a vessel for some ‘late night stamping potion’ seems appropriate!

Vinyl | kelly kent

And then scissors on the back to keep with the craft theme…

Vinyl | kelly kent

Endless possibilities!!!

Bronze Elite | kelly kent

Nothing quite as special as a custom gift – which is why being a papercrafter brings me so much joy.  I love presents, but I love personalised presents more!

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World Cardmaking Day 2017

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I have been invited to hop with a totally amazing group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world to celebrate World Card Making Day – what an honour!

This is a hop you’ll want to run through from start to finish!!!

If you’re already hopping, then you will have just come from the delightful & talented Amy Koenders in the US.

Currently you’re visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Australia.

And next up is our very own South Pacific Artisan Design Team Member – Paula Dobson from New Zealand.

Click on the next button at the end of this post to hop on over to Paula’s blog.


It was a totally free slate for this blog hop – which means we’re going to see some amazing projects.

I took this opportunity to think about what card making means to me – which has led me to share 3 different projects with you that each focus on what card making brings to my life.

The first project is about my team.  When I first joined Stampin’ Up! I could have never predicted that I would surround myself with strong, talented women with many things in common – but bonded by a love of paper, stamps & ink!

During the week, I sent out this card to each member of my team.

I wanted to reach out to them with personalised messages of thanks for their support and congratulations on their successes during the year.

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

These cards were made using my favourite elements of card making – beautiful DSP, white embossing, vellum, and a spray of flowers.

With one of my new favourite stamp sets – Hello Friend!  The floral wreath is simply stunning!

And how perfect is the sentiment from Labels to Love for cards that celebrate the end of the Stampin’ Up! year!!!  The Holiday Catalogue is not just about Christmas!

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

I also included a gift for everyone – a charm with their initial & a paper aeroplane (our Paper Adventures team motif).

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent

It could have many uses but I think it’d make a cute scissors charm or key chain decoration.

This is how I attached it to the middle of the card – with the Circle Tab Punch

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent


The next project was made during a class and represents my customers.

I am fortunate to spend time every month with a group of ladies who all love card making.

Each class is full of laughter, stories and friendship – and is a highlight of my month!

This is an eclipse card we made last month using the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

You’ll never guess the colours for the sunflowers…

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

Crushed Curry (that one was probably easy enough) and Peekaboo Peach (I have no idea what possessed me to pick that ink but it totally works!).

We stamped the fern in Sahara Sand and leaf in Old Olive at random points between the flowers.

This is another style of card that looks impressive but is oh-so-simple when you know how!


The final project for my post today reminds me of the both the friendships I’ve made because of this wonderful hobby and the power of sending a card.

I’ve sent cards around the world, across Australia and across my own town.

They’ve been sent for all kinds of reasons – because it doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday to send a card! #makeacardsendacard

A friend and I affectionately refer to handmade cards as ‘happy mail’ because there’s nothing nicer than checking the letterbox and finding something made & sent just for you!

This card travelled to the US last month to celebrate Holly Stene welcoming a beautiful baby girl into her famiy.

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

I love all the texture in this card!!!

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

It also includes some of more of my favorites – Sweet Sugarplum, gorgeous ribbon & trim and lots of layers!

Who are we kidding – most of the Stampin’ Up! range counts among my favourites!!!


That is all from me today!  I hope your Saturday 7th October 2017 contains some stamping happiness – whether it is making a card, sending a card or spending time with crafty friends!

I hope you enjoyed scanning through the pretty pictures.  That’s my style of blog visiting, so bonus points if you read the text too!

Please keep hopping to see the marvellous projects from the rest of the designers on this hop.

From here, click on next to visit Paula Dobson in NZ!

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Colour INKspiration #18

Hello!  It’s time for another colour INKspiration challenge.

For this fortnight, we’re crafting with these colours colours (and this totally amazing inspiration pic)…

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Pink, gray and neutrals – plus, any green of your choice.

This card was made for our newest design team member – Jackie Aitken.  Check out her first project with us – it’s sensational!

I used quite a few features of the inspiration picture to try something totally different for me – a busy card with lots of texture!!!

Colour INKspiration #18 | kelly kent

My green of choice was Pear Pizzazz for some touches of ‘greenery’ in my planter boxes.

Colour INKspiration #18 | kelly kent

I added Sweet Sugarplum ink to the embossing paste to make a cute pink brick wall.

Have you tried this?  It’s easy and fun to colour the embossing paste!

The floral shapes come from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits – it’s a great set!

And the butterfly is cut from the new Champagne Foil – so pretty!!!


This is a fabulous set of colours and the design team have an amazing range of projects to share with you!

You can continue the hop by visiting the delightful Lou Kitzelman and her cute pink project!

Don’t forget, you can add any green to the quartet – Powder Pink, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand & Sweet Sugarplum.

And any metallics!

Can’t wait to see what you upload to our Facebook Challenge page.  Click here to jump on over.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #376 Add D

We recently (well it seems recently, it’s a couple of months ago!) added 5 new design team members to the Just Add Ink Design Team in guest designer roles.

I was excited to hear this week that they have all decided to stay with the design team forever!

So, a big {permanent} welcome to Denita Wright-Smee, Jackie Aitken, Jo Stubbings, Lou Kitzelman & Rachael Lewsley.

You can visit their blogs by clicking on their names above.


Some of them are joining us this week for our Just Add “D” challenge suggested by Tina.

We’d like to see something on your card that you can link to a word or theme starting with “D”.

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With this challenge in mind, I was inspired to make cards for the new Design Team members.

There’s a Dapper Denim colour theme, a dazzling dragonfly, glitter dots and diamantes.

Just Add Ink #376 Add D | kelly kent

It’s fun thinking of all the ‘d’ elements!!!

The watercolour background for this card was ‘smooshed’ using ink collected from my Dapper Denim ink pad on a cello bag, spritzed with water then ‘smooshed’ onto the cardstock.

Still my favourite way to add watercolour.  I’m terrible at getting a nice even splash using my Aqua Painter – this is so simple!

Just Add Ink #376 Add D | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the “Born To Be Loved” stamp set – which I think was designed as a baby set, but the sentiments are perfect for a range of situations.

Like celebrating exciting news!

To see all the projects from the design team, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

While you are there, join in the ‘Add D’ challenge by sharing your creation with us using the link up tool.

Danke for visiting!

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Hostess Sets

Hello!  I’m about half way through my quiet August, thanks to everyone that has joined me on Facebook, subscribed to my blog ready for September or visited old posts!

What have I been up to???  I’ve still been creating – birthday cards, cards for friends, cards for orders and some cards just for fun!

I’ve also had early nights, watched a few hours of terrible tv (and some good tv too), read some books, caught up with friends, spent time with my family and focused on my Paper Adventures team.

I, with 6 of my team registered on Tuesday to attend the next OnStage event in November.  We’ve chosen to visit beautiful Melbourne and I’m very excited!!!  The event is so popular that it sold out in 5 hours!


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Tonight I’m popping back into the blog to participate in my Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme for August is ‘host sets’.  These sets are only available for purchase with hostess rewards, which can be earnt on any order over $250 in Australia.  This can be your order alone, a combined order with family/friends or the order from a workshop held in your home. And the even better news for host sets is that they have a special price – usually 50% of the suggested retail price.

There’s 6 host sets in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue…

I needed to make a card for a couple who bought their first home – but I wanted it to be fun!

So, I made a neighbourhood with moveable cars & trucks!

Paper Adventures team blog hop | kelly kent

The track was made using the straw die from the Coffee Cups Framelits.  I made the first road and then just kept cutting intersecting roads until my streets were complete.

Paper Adventures team blog hop | kelly kent

The houses are white embossed and the roads marked with white gel pen.

The cars & truck are attached to washers, which are separated with dimensionals, allowing them to slide along the roads.  They get a bit stuck at the corners, but that’s ok!!!

Paper Adventures team blog hop | kelly kent

Interactive cards are always so much fun to make and an exciting way to celebrate the happy news of a new house.

The In The City stamp set is totally amazing (as you’ll see on this hop).  There’s 60 photopolymer stamps in the set – which makes the options endless for creating cards!

Next up on our team hop is Anne Barker (via Facebook) with a totally different In The City project – it’s pink & oh so pretty!!!

If there’s any broken links along the way, or you want to visit blogs using direct links, the full participation list is here:

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Anne Barker (Facebook)
  3. Melissa Gifford (guest designer)
  4. Mandy Depiazzi
  5. Sheila Pybus (Facebook)
  6. Kristel Rimmer
  7. Coriana Boothey
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Narelle Simm

Thanks for sharing the joy of creating with our wonderful team.

If you live in Australia and would like to join Stampin’ Up!, our Paper Adventures team would love to have you!  Visit here for more information about the benefits of becoming a demonstrator.

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Amazing Mandy!

Did you see the special I posted this morning for recruits who sign on during Sale-A-Bration?

Mandy joined our Paper Adventures team in January and found a passion she didn’t know she was missing!

Her cards are amazing – check out her newly started blog!


I had the wonderful opportunity of making a celebratory card for Mandy this week – as she promoted to Bronze Elite and earned the final part of the Quick Start program.

Mandy will now get 25% discount on all her purchases (Bronze Elite perk), 10,000 flex points for achieving Quick Start and because she made her first quarter minimum, she’ll get the Better Together stamp set.

How amazing is all that!!!

Here’s the fun card I made to celebrate her success…

I took a few photos of this fun card to try & share all the pretty details with you.

This is his fancy blanket – copper embossed and blinged up with pearls.

I’m enjoying all the different ways you can change this elephant up!

And the inside of the card…

And another view of the front…

I’m really loving this elephant – I’m sure you’ve noticed!!!

A few fellow stampers have blamed me for enabling them!  I’m always happy to lead you down the path of temptation!

Do you have a last minute order before Sale-A-Bration finishes on Friday???

Don’t miss out on those fabulous freebies!


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Get Your Glimmer before it’s G-O-N-E!!!

There’s a wee bit of panic in the US at the moment because their stocks of the beautiful 6×6″ glimmer paper in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue have run out!

This is one of my all-time favourite SAB gifts!!!

We still have some in the Australian warehouse, but I can’t guarantee how long it will last!

If *have* to have some, then you’ll need to place an order ASAP!  It’s free with every $90 spent.

I’m doing an order tomorrow evening – let me know if you’d like to add anything.

Or, if you want to get in today (just to be sure), then shop online.  Use the host code: BCXWWYKA to qualify for another free gift from me!


This glittery cardstock really is stunning!

It comes in Bermuda Bay…

Sweet Sugarplum…

And Mint Macaron….

Three colours I find it hard to resist!

If you’re going to be sad to miss out on this Sale-A-Bration item – or any other – then don’t leave your order til the last week of March!

They are only available while stocks last or until 31st March 2017 – whichever comes first!!!


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A 2016 Full of Congratulations

2016 has been a wonderful year for our Stampin’ team – Paper Adventures. We’ve seen lots of personal growth, achievements and promotions – way to go team!

Kerry was the most recent promotion, sky rocketing to Bronze Elite!!!  This means that Kerry now earns a minimum of 25% on every order/sale.

To recognise this great achievement, I used some of my new Occasions & Sale-A-Bration products to create a card and gift set for her.

Hot Air Balloon Congratulations Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Since it was a promotion of Bronze proportions, I added in some of the retired Champagne Glimmer paper for the hot air balloon.

Hot Air Balloon Congratulations Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Tip: It’s tricky to cut through the glimmer paper for detailed dies.  Make it easier by tearing off the plastic layer on the back of the glimmer paper.  This makes the glimmer much thinner & easier to cut through.


The pencil case is super cute with metallic ‘rose gold’ (bronze) dots.  I added a shrink plastic “K” for Kerry using the Large Letters framelits, coloured with a Bronze Sharpie on the back before putting in the oven to shrink.

Shrink Letter Keychain. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Here at Paper Adventures, we’ve grown in size over the past year, but there’s still  lots of room for more adventurers.

How do you join the fun?

Becoming part of the Stampin’ Up! family is as simple as purchasing the starter kit.  It’s just $169 with more than $235 of value.

Apart from the {FREE} set of business resources (catalogues etc), everything is the kit is chosen by you.  It’s not old stock that SU! are trying to get rid of, or things you’ll never use.  It’s your way to build your collection.  And it comes with free shipping.

Which makes it perfect for every stamper – from the new hobbiest to the seasoned crafter.

If you’d like to try out being part of the Stampin’ Up! family, you’re going to love the joining special during Sale-A-Bration – starting 4th Jan 2017, where you get to choose 2 additional stamp sets in your kit (of any value) for the same kit price of $169.

Here’s an example Starter Kit you might choose on 4th Jan…

Sale-A-Bration 2017 recruiting flyer.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If this sounds like an opportunity that might suit you in 2017, click here to take you to the sign up page.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment or send me an email & I’ll be in touch.

And one more tidbit from me… joining Stampin’ Up! is risk & hassle free.  Your craft, your way – always.

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Zoo Babies Bendi Card

After the happy news of Picture Perfect, it’s the sad news of a favourite card retiring.  Zoo Babies has been one of my go-to baby & 1st birthday sets for the last … forever!

I’m glad I got a chance to make & share this bendi card with you before this set is gone forever.

Zoo Babies is available in clear & wood…


Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you made a bendi card before?  I first saw the idea when Nicole Wilson made her fabulous Botanical Gardens bendi card, which we recreated in a class a couple of months ago.

Since then I’ve made a few bendi cards, which I will share with you over the coming weeks.

The Zoo Babies bendi card was particularly special though as it celebrated one of the Team Papercrafters becoming a Mummy again!  Congratulations Siobhan on the arrival of baby Samuel!

Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bendi cards use tabs & slits to hold their shape when standing, but can be dismantled for storage or sending.

Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Zoo Babies are so cute and I am going to miss them!  But, wait til you see what baby sets we have to play with in June!!!


Want to make your own Bendi card?  There are heaps of great tutorials available via a Google search.  I have mapped out the measurements I used based on Nicole’s sketches (thanks Nic!) but with some tweaking so you could make 2 bendi cards from one piece of Australian sized A4 cardstock.

I’ve tried my best to explain the instructions below – I hope it helps you to be able to create your own bendi card!  Kelly x

Bendi Card Measurements - Australia Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

In writing, the basic instructions to make all your pieces are:

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock along the long edge to 5-1/2 (you’ll now have a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ piece of cardstock)
  • Cut this again along the ‘new’ long edge at 4-1/4″, then again at 2-1/2″ (the final piece will be 1-1/2″)
  • On the biggest piece, measure in 1-1/2″ from the right edge and 3-4/” from the bottom edge and mark a 1-1/4″ line.  Cut this with a craft knife (note: don’t do the “I” pattern as shown on the picture – this is just to show where the line starts & finishes).
  • On the next size piece, score 1/2″ from the left edge and 1/4″ from the right edge.  Create a tab on the right by cutting out the top & bottom 3/4″ sections.
  • Then, measure 2-1/2″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the bottom edge.  Mark a 3/4″ line and cut with a craft knife.
  • On the smallest piece, score 1/4″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the right edge.  Create a tab on the left by cutting out the top & bottom 1/2″ sections.

To put your card together:

  • Sit your largest piece flat in the orientation shown on the measurement picture.
  • With your middle size piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere (with strong adhesive such as Tape & Tear) this to the left edge of your largest cardstock piece
  • With the smallest piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere this to the right side of the largest cardstock piece.
  • To make the card bendi, slot the tab from the middle size cardstock piece into the slit on the largest cardstock piece.  Then slot the tab from the smallest cardstock piece into the slit on the middle sized cardstock piece.

Decorate your Bendi Card & wow your recipient!!!