Social Stamping | subtles

Hello! Thanks for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. This is the final hop in this series and I’m delighted that my stamping friends & I are sharing projects made using colours from the Subtles Collection.

These colours form some of my favourites in the SU! range and are always a pleasure to create with. They are soft but not meek with the prettiest of tones and the ability to step in for the projects that we need a little elegance for.

My projects today all use a fancy fold that I’ve lifted from a card I got sent for my birthday by my gorgeous friend Elizabeth Gross. I haven’t seen this fold before – I have no idea what’s it’s called but it’s had me at the clever use of DSP.

The card features a tri-fold using the DSP, which opens out and displays both sides of the DSP. Remember when I said in my Stamp Review Crew profile that one of my biggest challenges was choosing the side of the DSP I wanted to use on a card – well this fold solves that problem for you!!!

Every card sits closed using the seashell tab on the left to keep it all together, but when the right side is opened, you can start to see the DSP patterns revealed.

The fully opened card shows the writing panel…

I’ve made a video to show the fancy fold in all its glory – its so simple but so magnificent!

I’ve used three different patterns from the Sand & Sea DSP. And there’s really no better example of when it seems a shame to only use one side than this pack. It retires at the end of the June (when the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue finishes) so you’ll want to stock up ASAP in June. As a wonderful parting gift, this DSP will be available from 2nd June at a 50% discount. Order via my online store next Wednesday to secure yours plus so many amazing specials as the Last Chance Retirement List takes over. Click here to see what else you can get a discounted price. Click here to shop online.

The stamp & die bundle for these cards is the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set and Seaside Shells Dies. They are part of the Sand & Sea Suite and coordinate beautifully with the DSP.

The ribbon is from my collection and I have no idea which combo pack it was from – it could be retired!! I’m terrible at keeping all the ribbons & embellishments I ever buy and never being able to keep track of what’s in a catalogue and what’s out! As long as it still looks good, it’s ok to use – yes!?!

Did you spy the three Subtles I used in the cards? My favourite is always Blushing Bride, but there’s nothing like a pretty DSP to urge me on to add in different colours. The other two I’ve used are So Saffron and Balmy Blue. The coordinating neutral is a long time favourite – Sahara Sand.

Next up on the hop is Julia Quinn. Julia has been a part of every single hop since they started last year. That’s an amazing commitment – thanks Julia!

You can see the full participant list and a few of my thoughts about our current COVID situation here in Australia over on the main Social Stamping Blog Host post.

I hope the rest of your weekend is amazing!

Sweet As a Peach Fancy Fold

Not all fancy folds need to be complex with lots of instructions. The fold I’m sharing today is a great option for changing up a classic A5 card using a couple of dies from your collection.

I cut the cardstock at 5-7/8” (the usual width of an A5 card) x 5-7/8” (usually this would be the length of A4 cardstock – approx 11-11/16”). I then used one of the dies from the Basic Borders Dies to cut one edge and scored at 4-1/8”. The folded flap forms part of the front of the card.

The rest of the front panel is made using the largest stitched scallop die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I’ve attached to the middle of the border so that it lines up with the bottom of the card. If you don’t have either of these dies, you can use similar die in your collection – or leave the top flap & front panel as rectangles.

The middle of the card is 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” with 1” pieces of DSP on each edge. You can see these when the card is closed, so it provides a pretty finish both open & closed.

The card is embellished with products from the You’re A Peach suite – Sweet As a Peach stamp set, Peach Dies and You’re A Peach DSP. I’ve used some of the coordinating colours in this suite – Pale Papaya, Petal Pink and Pear Pizzazz plus Blushing Bride & Basic White. They really do make for such sweet card. The ribbon is Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon – it’s so lush in a big bow at the top of the card.

You could also make this card with a side fold. I’ll share a sample soon using that variation.

Have a great weekend!

Treasured Medallion | Shutter Card

Today we celebrate – it’s my birthday, my mother-in-law’s birthday and the international day of families! I have had a wonderful family day – kids sport in the morning, lunch with family and the luxury of some time on the couch tonight in front of the wood fire.

Now that I’ve given this card to the birthday girl, I can share this card with you.

The front of the card is decorated with Fine Art Floral DSP and Treasured Medallion stamp set.

The middle part of the card is actually a belly band, which can slide off the card to reveal a little magic on the inside!

It’s a Shutter Card – using the action of opening of the card to pull out the middle segments and reveal a sentiment on the inside. In this case, it’s happy birthday wishes.

I followed great instructions by Lisa Curio with adapted measurements for A4 cardstock.

And then of course, once you close the card, the pieces all slide back in.

The colours are Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock and Crushed Curry – inspired by the colours of one of my favourite previous DSPs – Eastern Elegance.

I took lots of photos of this card! I also had the mini Papercrafts help me with an action video!

You should definitely make one of these cards – they are so much fun!

Happy birthday to all my May birthday buddies!

Treasured Medallion | step it up

The last time I shared a card made using the Tresured Medallion stamp set I had borrowed it from a friend. I loved it so much I bought my own! You can see the card that started my love affair by clicking here.

Searching through my DSP stash revealed the Fine Art Floral DSP has a fabulous tiled pattern that I thought was perfect for the mandala style of this stamp set.

I don’t often use Petal Pink – but it was a great contrast to the pretty pink of the DSP pattern.

The sentiment stamping is wonky on my card – whoops! Should have gotten out my Stamparatus! But actually, I’m ok with my stamping being a range of perfect!

After making this card I thought it would be so easy to step it up to a something a bit more fancy.

My pathway to stepping it up –

  • Add layers
  • Add embellishments
  • Change to a fancy fold

This is another great way to make a set of cards – one to send, one for your stash. Sometimes a simple card is perfect for the occasion, sometimes you want one with all the extras.

I always love adding stamp sets to my collection that add diversity. This set is available until the end of June 2021 and after that will enjoy being on my retired shelf to enjoy for many occasions to come.

You can buy all your long term favourites in my online store. Click here to browse. You can currently choose from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

Sweet Strawberry

My gorgeous sister-in-law celebrated her birthday last week and one of the presents we got her was dehydrated strawberries. So, it seemed wonderfully fitting that I could make a strawberry card to go with it.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

I was able to earn the Berry Blessings DSP during Sale-A-Bration but didn’t get a good chance to use it. It works so well with the Sweet Strawberry stamp set – which we get to enjoy for some time yet, so I’m feeling lucky to have this in my stash.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

The stamp set coordinates with the Strawberry Builder Punch, which makes it oh-so-easy to make those cute little strawberries. I’ve stamped them in Real Red with Garden Green stalks. The leaves are Old Olive & Granny Apple Green and the flowers are Balmy Blue. The best part? The punch cuts out all of those cute pieces! No fussy cutting required!!!

The pleats on the front of the card are a bit of a give away that there’s more to this card. I have no idea what this fancy fold is called but it was fun to make. The card base was 10″ wide, scored at 1″, 3″, 7″ & 9″. The length is 5-7/8″.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

I love this fold for showing off the DSP! If you cut it right you can line up the patterns on each side to create a split panel.

The best way to keep this style of card together is using a belly band. I’ve jazzed it up with more DSP and a double layer of die cuts from the Tasteful Labels Dies.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set in Night of Navy. I don’t often use black for sentiments – the darker classic tones work so well for a bold & smooth finish.

If you also have some Berry Blessings DSP but haven’t yet bought the Sweet Strawberry stamp set, let me enable you to *NEED* it! At $55.75 for both the stamp set and punch, it’s one of the best value combinations in the catalogue!

Shop online in my Stampin’ Up! store by clicking here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Waterfall Card | Baby Pull Toys

The Baby Pull Toys stamp set was the perfect design for a horizontal waterfall card. Who doesn’t want to pull along those baby animal toy carts and watch them flip over???

Have you made a waterfall card before? When you pull the tab, the panels the front panel slides over an under, showing you the full piece underneath. This is thanks to a clever set of score lines & folds. The slider panel is 2-3/4” wide x 9” long and scored at 1-3/4”, 2-1/2”, 3-1/4” and 4”. The Delightful Tag Topper Punch is punched from the other end to the scoring.

Each of the animal images is stamped in classic ink and then highlights added with coordinating Stampin’ Blends.

Once the animals have all flipped through, the card rests in a fully open position with a sentiment from the stamp set (in coordinating colours) and a panel to write your message on.

The background for the card was made using more stamps from the set – the trio of stars. Just like the animals, I’ve added coordinating colour using Stampin’ Blends – Light Pumpkin Pie, Light Mango Melody and Light Bermuda Bay.

The colours for this card are Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee and Bermuda Bay. I also made a pink option by changing out the Bermuda Bay for Rococo Rose.

If you haven’t made a waterfall card, I hope I have inspired you to try one. The measurements are as follows:
– Base: 5-7/8” x 4-1/8” (a quarter sheet of A4 cardstock)
– Card Mat (colour): 5-1/2” x 3-3/4”
– Card Mat (white): 5-3/8” x 3-5/8”
– Slider: 2-3/4” x 9”
– Crossbar: 1″ x 4-1/8″
– Animal mat (colour): 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
– Animal mat (white): 2-1/4” x 2-1/4”
– Sentiment strip: 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
– Writing panel (colour): 2-1/2″ x 3-7/8″
– Writing panel (white): 2-3/8″ x 3-3/4″

If you search for waterfall cards on you tube there are some great instructional videos showing you how to attach the slider mechanism in place.

I started the background for this card and although I loved it, it wasn’t quite right for how I wanted this card to end up. Not to worry though – I have a fun way to use that piece, which I will share with you on Friday for our Paper Adventures Team Hop. See you then!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | Pampered Pets

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Social Stamping this morning. I shared a sneak peak of one of the cards yesterday using the Sweet Ice Cream bundle. The theme for today’s session was “fun cards”.

This was the other option – animal fun using the Pampered Pets bundle.

When photographed flat, this card doesn’t look as fun as when you get to play with it in real life. The front panel opens up and you write your message on the card front! This is one of my favourite card folds – easy and fun all in one!

The styling of these cards was influenced by the black, white and red patterns of the Playful Pets DSP combined with stamped images from the Pampered Pets stamp set.

The dog version…

And the cat version…

So, the big question…. would you make the dog or the cat version? #teamdog #teamcat

Luckily the DSP has both options including whole sheets of already coloured cats and dogs that you can cut out using the Pets Dies.

Social Stamping has three more sessions this term (15th, 22nd, 29th March). See you there!

Happy Birthday to Nanna Papercraft

Nanna and Grandad Papercraft have birthdays that are just 3 days apart. That makes for a busy stretch, especially when you add in the OnStage event in the mix too! So, I am only just getting to sharing the card I made for Nanna Papercraft. You can see Grandad Papercraft’s card by clicking here. That was lots of fun to make!

There’s always a little bit of pressure when making a card for another papercrafter. Especially one who is your Mum and you know what she likes! Mum (Nanna Papercraft) loves finding and making all the cool fancy folds. She often inspires the fancy things we do in classes – I’m much more of a ‘standard card’ kind of girl.

I found this style of card when scrolling through Pinterest for a new and exciting fold to try. Visit the blog of Tina Shaw for her creation plus instructions and measurements. Thanks Tina!

It’s called a Double Fan Fold – and is beautifully glorious! The card folds using a system of clever scored lines.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

But also opens up to a full rectangle…

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

It doesn’t fold in half like a traditional card, so the writing panel is on the back –

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

Since Nanna Papercraft is a lover of all Stampin’ Up! – including retired classics, I chose to pull out some of the prettiest DSP that I’ve been keeping for a special card. This gorgeous design is from the Bird Ballad DSP. In many ways, retired DSP becomes more precious than current supplies, because there’s no way to order more!

I’ve paired the DSP with the coordinating stamp set which was released in the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit last year. Did you see that there’s a Christmas themed Paper Pumpkin kit currently available??? We so rarely get Paper Pumpkin (the US gets it every month), so it’s a fabulous opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. For $37 (plus delivery), you’ll get a limited edition stamp set, ink spot and supplies to make 8 fabulous Christmas cards. Click here to see it in the online store.

The greeting for this card uses the ‘birthday’ die from the Well Written Dies – with Foam Adhesive Sheet to give it texture & height, and the ‘love’ in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock from the Well Said stamp set.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

The foil accents for the card are Champagne – it has such beautiful pink tones that I knew it would coordinate well with the Petal Pink card base.

This card is oversized and doesn’t fit into a standard envelope. Because I was seeing Nanna Papercraft for her birthday, I decided not to make an envelope, but instead tied it closed with a ribbon.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

Which was just perfect for arrival, before it then made it’s home on the dresser.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

The design is free standing when you tweak the folds, which makes it a perfect fancy fold to send for the recipient to display. It reminds me of the meme that floats around about not being able to put an email or text message on the mantlepiece.

Giving cards is definitely less trendy these days – but the joy of receiving something special is still alive and well!

Happy Birthday month to Nanna Papercraft! So glad we got to celebrate with you x

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | Get Better Soon

Hello! Thank you for sharing in another Social Stamping Blog Host. The theme today is ‘get better soon’. You can read more about it, see the history of Social Stamping Blog Hosts and view the full participant list on the main blog host post by clicking here.

My projects for today started off as a solo card using another fancy fold I’ve had on my wishlist to try. I shared a Step Panel Card earlier in the week – it was so easy and so fun.

Today it’s a Peekaboo Flap Card using the animals from the Back On Your Feet stamp set. I think we’ll see this used at least a few times on this blog hop – because it’s a fabulous ‘get well’ type set.

This was the first card I made using the giraffe stamp in Bumblebee with patterned paper from the Playing with Patterns DSP.

A Peekaboo Flap card has the die cut in the same place through all layers so that you can see through to the image on the inside on the card.

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

The flap is held in place by sentiment on the left side, which then opens up to show the middle layer.

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

And then opens again to show the inside of the card and the whole giraffe…

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

And then it all folds back up again!

Back on Your Feet | kelly kent

Once I’d made this version, I couldn’t resist using the same fold to make a sloth version using Pear Pizzazz and Forever Greenery DSP….

And a turtle version in Rich Razzleberry and Artistry Blooms DSP.

This stamp set was so much fun to play with, even if it’s not so nice to need to send a get better card.

The 15% off DSP sale finishes today, so if you haven’t stocked up yet, there’s still time. Click here to browse in my online store.

You’ll also want to see the rest of the projects on the blog, click on the next for great inspiration from Julia Quinn.

Thanks for hopping with us.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | baby

Hello friends!  It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another Social Stamping blog hop with my wonderful Stampin’ Up! friends.

Today we’re making and sharing baby projects – an ode to the start of spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.  You can see all the details about this theme and the full list of participants by clicking here.

I love stamp sets with a cute baby theme.  There’s a large portion of my retired stash that are baby sets I can’t part with.  For today’s card I wanted to use a set that doesn’t jump out as a “baby set” but has included the pieces needed to create a cute ‘just hatched’ card.

Dino Days | kelly kent

This fold uses a normal card base with the top corner cut off and the front folded back on itself.  When closed it looks like this…

Dino Days | kelly kent

The baby is from the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I am in love with those scripted letters!

Dino Days | kelly kent

The dinosaur, egg and sentiment are from the Dino Days stamp set and Dino Dies.  So cute!

Dino Days | kelly kent

I added some embossing with the Woodlands Embossing Folder on the background panel and the Hammered Metal on the egg.

Dino Days | kelly kent

The DSP for the card is from two different packs.  The yellow is from the Whale of a Time DSP and the jade is from the Flowers for Every Season DSP.  My go-to colours for a neutral baby card are yellow and green, so these colours and patterns worked well.  When I look at the yellow pattern, I see dinosaur scales!

Dino Days | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today.  Next up on the hop is Andrea Sargent – you’re going to love what she’s sharing!  Keep hopping until you get back to where you started.  There’s lots of great projects to see!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  School holidays have just started here and we’re enjoying some family time!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com