Just Add Ink #490 | Add an Easel

Thank you so much to everyone that entered our start to 2020 challenge (#488 – Celebration).  If you were one of the winners, please make sure to email the JAI blog to claim your prize.

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This week Lou has challenged us to “Add an Easel”.  Of course, this could be an easel style fancy fold – or you could incorporate an easel into your project design like Tina did.  Click here to see all the design team creations and add your project to our gallery.

I wanted a fresh easel for this challenge – one I haven’t tried before.  While searching for cool easel ideals, I came across a Triple Easel Card designed by Nicole Wilson.  Nicole has very kindly put together all the measurements and instructions which you can purchase by clicking here.  Tutorials are a fabulous time saver and worth every penny to the designer!

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

This style of easel card has three layers of easels (as the name suggests).  The back layer is created using the card base and the front two layers are created using DSP.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kentBecause all our DSP is double sided, it creates a wonderful contrast.  I’ve used the Peaceful Poppies DSP.  The colours and patterns in this DSP are absolutely gorgeous!

The colours for this card are Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss.

The flowers & leaves are cut using the Poppy Moments Dies from the Peaceful Poppies suite.  I wanted a variation in colour, so the back layer of the flower is cut using the Lily Impressions DSP* (*free during Sale-A-Bration).  Again, Stampin’ Up! shows its versatility with coordinating products both within the suite and across the range.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

The red poppies in the middle layer are from the Peaceful Poppies Elements – they come coloured and ready to add to your project!

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp set to provide coordinating patterns on the card base.  These images were stamped in Versamark and clear heat embossed for a subtle tone-on-tone effect.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

As with any good fancy fold design, it all folds up to regular card size ready for posting or delivering in an envelope.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

This card was delivered today to my newest recruit, Tanya, who took advantage of the great Starter Kit deal available during Sale-A-Bration.  Tanya received $235 of products, a bonus stamp set, a DSP sampler and a mini trimmer all for $165.  Oh, and FREE SHIPPING!!!

While she remains an active demonstrator (which will be until at least 31st July 2020), she is able to purchase all the items on her Stampin’ Up! shopping list at a 20% discount.  If she wants to, she can sell to family, friends or customers and receive an income on their purchases.

This offer is available to any Australian resident between now and 31st March 2020.  It’s great for anyone who loves a great deal on their stamping products.  The most common question I get asked is “what if I don’t make the minimum quarterly spend”? (which at the moment is $468 at retail prices – you’ll get your discount off that!).  The answer is nothing.  You get to keep all the items in your Starter Kit and you simply change from demonstrator to customer.  It’s a no-risk opportunity that I encourage everyone to take up.  You have nothing to lose and a whole team of lovely crafters ready to welcome you.

Want to join Tanya this Sale-A-Bration and join my Paper Adventures team?  Click here to purchase your Starter Kit, or message me to chat if you have more questions.

Welcome to the team Tanya – it’s so lovely to have you!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Last Minute

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I am normally very good at meeting deadlines – in fact I find them incredible motivating to actually get things done.  But, as a testament to how crazy my week has been, this is my second blog post in a row that has gotten away from me!

As they say though, better late than never, and there’s no way I could miss the final blog hop of 2019 with my team.

For pure irony or absolute genius, the theme is ‘last minute’ – sharing with you projects you can make this weekend in the mad dash of any last minute Christmas gifts you need.  Make sure to hop around until you get back to me to see all the wonderful inspiration the team has shared tonight.

I always make calendar gifts at this time of the year.  It’s a lovely present to share with friends that will make them think of you all year long.  This year the calendars were extra special as they were gifts for 4 of my besties with a personal twist added in.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The design for this style of easel came via Karen Henderson, who was inspired by Ronda Wade.  I can’t find Ronda’s original post so I can’t link it here, but if someone knows, please let me know!  Click here to see Karen’s project.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The DSP for these is an oh-so-pretty set of designs coming up in the 2020 Jan-June catalogue called Best Dressed DSP.  You can get it as part of my paper share (see tomorrow’s post for pre-sale information) as well as 6 other design packs and bonus Sale-A-Bration DSP.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

To make your own easel calendars, you need a normal card base (half an A4 sheet = 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″).

On the card “front”, cut from the fold line down to the bottom at 1-7/8″ from each edge.  This leaves a middle panel that’s approx 3″ wide.  Score this at the half way point on just just panel (2-1/16″).

Cut a piece that will cover the visible gap of the card base (at least 3-1/4″ wide x 3-7/8″).  I’ve embossed this the upcoming Coastal Weave embossing folder, but you could stamp, use DSP or leave plain.  Adhere this in place then adhere the side panels to the card base.

Add DSP to the edge panels (1-3/16″ x 3-7/8″) and the bottom half of the flap (2-3/4″ x 1-13/16″).

Finish by adding a calendar to the card base (I used dimensionals so the easel flap would sit nicely under the raised platform) and add a sentiment.  I’ve used ‘another sensational year of you’ which I thought was perfect for my personal twist.  It comes from the soon to be released Sale-A-Bration (read: free with purchase) set called Sending You Thoughts.

If you don’t have any mini calendars in your stash, you can print & cut down a mini calendar from the internet.   I like this one – click here to view.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I also made matching envelopes using the left over DSP from the 6×6″ sheet I had.  I wanted to make these extra special for my fabulous friends.  And the personal twist?  Each calendar has handwritten ideas for self care throughout the year.  In lieu of gifts this year, one of my friends suggested we share recommendations – a restaurant, book, activity, holiday location…. any place, idea or thought that would be meaningful for the other friend.  It was such a great idea!!!  I wanted to remind my friends how fabulous they are and give them a little nudge to take care of themselves over the year.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I’d also like to remind you, my wonderful blog followers, to take care of yourselves.  Treat you to some craft time, a binge on a favourite TV series, time to read a good book, an extra serving of your favourite dessert or a to buy that crafty item you’ve had on your wishlist for a long time!

For ideas more gift ideas that might help you out this weekend, please hop on to my friend Lisa Whitehead with a very cute box for any last minute gifts you may be creating!

Happy stamping!

Participant List


ESAD Blog Hop – 2016 Holiday Catalogue

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Hello!  And welcome to the first of 3 blog hops I’m participating in over the next 17 hours – you’re in for a treat!

First up is the ESAD hop which is featuring projects from 25 South Pacific Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

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You’ll hop back & forwards between Australia and New Zealand to sample the delights of the 2016 Holiday Catalogue.

If you missed the release on Thursday, or saw it and are crazy excited like us, then make sure to visit all the blogs – the creativity is wonderful!

Blog hops go in a big circle.  So, if you’ve hopped from Cathy in our national capital (Canberra) – thanks for visiting me in Bunbury, Western Australia.  Just started or still going? Make sure to visit Leonie next, back on the east coast (Sydney).

Now, for my project.  I’m sharing a fancy fold card using one of my favourite bundles from the new catalogue – Star of Light stamp set & Starlight Thinlits.


I’ve already seen so many lovely cards on Pinterest using this bundle (buy both the stamp set & thinlits and save 10%).

Want to pin my Christmas Trinket Easel Card?  Click here.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s surprisingly easy to make (see full instructions below) & lots of wow.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

When flat, it’s a pretty card with beautiful colours and that lovely star…

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

When open & in easel layout, the free-hanging ornament is stunning.

These ornaments come in a set of 24 (8 each of 3 designs).

I’ve used the cute little silver bell from the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments pack, but can’t wait to use the holly & gingerbread men too!

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve paired it with a new DSP from the catalogue – Petals & Paisleys Specialty – which is not actually a Christmas themed paper, but works so well with these colours!  And makes it a super versatile investment!

Easel cards make great Christmas cards because they look amazing displayed on a mantlepiece (for the traditional) or side table (for everyone else!).

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Make your own Christmas Trinket Easel Card…

*** Measurements are in inches and suit Australian A4 cardstock.
If anyone has adaptations for US cardstock, I’d be happy to share.

*** Tutorial designed to go with pictures below

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card - with full instructions . Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


  1. Start with a piece of cardstock that is half A4 (longways) – 4-1/8″ x 11-5/8″ {Pool Party}
  2. Score at a quarter of the way (2-15/16″) and half way (5-7/8″) – fold & crease
  3. Mark the middle point along the fold and with your card front folded, punch a 1″ circle – roughly in the middle of the card front, along the fold
  4. Adhere a decorative panel to the bottom of the card front – I used Very Vanilla embossed with Petal Burst – 3-7/8″ x 2-13/16″
  5. Turn to the reverse side of the card front and re-punch the circle you made so the decorative panel doesn’t show through
  6. Stamp the swirl from Star of Light in Pool Party across the top panel of the card front and the Merry Christmas sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink.


  1. Cut two solid stars from Mint Macaron cardstock (Starlight Framelits)
  2. Cut one large decorative star from Silver Foil cardstock (I use an adhesive backing sheet to make the sticking process easier)
  3. Adhere the silver foil star to one of the Mint Macaron stars
  4. Using the 3/4″ circle punch, cut a circle from the middle
  5. Line up both Mint Macaron stars and using the 3/4″ punch again, cut the middle from the second MM star in the same place
  6. Using the 1/8″ handheld punch, punch a little hole above the circle on the Mint Macaron/Silver star combination
  7. Thread twine (I used metallic gold) through your chosen Christmas Trinket, and then through the little hole so that your trinket hangs in the middle of the star
  8. Adhere the string to the back of the star (I used Fast Fuse) and cover with the second MM star
  9. Adhere the bottom portion of the star to the card front so that the two side points line up with the card front crease line


  1. Adhere a piece of DSP to the inside of the card – I used Petals & Paisley – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″
  2. Stamp the ‘May your season be peaceful…” sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink on Very Vanilla cardstock
  3. Cut using the largest label from the Tags & Labels Framelits
  4. Adhere to a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock (2-1/8″ x 2-5/8″) and place rhinestones in each corner
  5. Adhere to the DSP (towards the bottom so it doesn’t show through the circle when the card is closed) with Stampin’ Dimensionals

Optional: add a piece of Very Vanilla to the back of the card as a writing panel (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″)

Thank you for joining me for this blog hop.  Next stop is the always inspirational Leonie Schroder.  Or hop backwards to see what Cathy Pinchbeck made.

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If you get lost at any point along the week, there’s a full list of participants below.

If you love what you see, please leave a comment – it’s so lovely to hear from the people that are visiting!

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Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Rachael Lewsley
  5. Cathy Pinchbeck
  6. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  7. Leonie Schroder
  8. Delys Cram
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Richelle Fletcher
  11. Barbara Williams
  12. PapillonPapercraft
  13. Kathryn Ruddick
  14. Michele Jutrisa
  15. Carolina Evans
  16. Liv Ingle
  17. Rochelle Blok
  18. Emily Campbell
  19. Samantha White
  20. Andrea Buckland
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Renee Lynch
  23. Peta Stephen
  24. Jackie Noble
  25. Alisa Tilsner

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Frozen Finale! Frozen Easel Card

It’s been a busy season of Frozen birthday parties.  I’ve come up with quite a few different Frozen designs over the past year – Sister Love, Elsa dress punch art, Anna dress punch art, Olaf punch art, Olaf shaker card

But there was one more Frozen card that needed making.  I’ve called on my Cameo for a little help to make this Frozen Easel Card.

Elsa, Anna & the ice castle are all downloads from the Silhouette design store.

This is what the card looks like when closed:


The inside:


The Easel:


The card is full Frozen flight when open in easel format:


Happy 4th birthday to Tayla!

Special little birthday princesses deserve special birthday cards.  Kelly & the little princesses x

As well as the Cameo downloads, I also used these awesome SU! products:

Big Shot



*** Don’t forget that it’s Sale-A-Bration until 31st March – earn a free SAB gift for every $90 you spend.  Order online during March 2015 using the code VN7MZ4ET to receive another free gift from me! ***

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


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!)