A Woody Happy Birthday!

Grandad Papercraft is celebrating his birthday today.

I’ve been saving this DSP from the Wood Textures stack for the right kind of card. I didn’t know what that special card was going to be til I started to put something together for Dad.Wood Textures | kelly kentMum & Dad moved into a new house last year.  The new house has a wood fire, so he’s been busy over the winter stocking up the wood piles (and then burning through them).

Wood Textures | kelly kent

These stacked logs were the perfect background for a masculine birthday card.

I’m a big fan of the ‘cluster’ card at the moment where you can add embellishments in groups to create layers & texture.

The leaves from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits seemed like a perfect fit for the wood DSP.

Wood Textures | kelly kent

Of my 2017 goals for card making was to pay more attention to the inside of cards.

For the first time ever (I think!), I’ve used DSP as a whole layer on the inside of the card.

Wood Textures | kelly kent

It feels strange to write on the DSP – but it look amazing!!!

Happy birthday to Grandad Papercraft.  We’ve enjoyed celebrating with you!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

 

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Stampin’ Blends – Available Now!

Can you hear the buzz around crafting land???

Stampin’ Up! have been working tirelessly over the last couple of years to reformulate and bring back a range of alcohol markers!

I’m excited to share that starting today, you can now order Stampin’ Blends in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours plus 2 skin tone/neutrals (Bronze & Ivory).  This means they match all the favourite products you already own!!!

Watch the video below for more information on Stampin’ Blends.

One of the perks of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family is to be able to order products before they hit the online store.

We’ve been playing with these gorgeous markers during classes in October and the feedback is wonderful.  My team are saying how easy to use they are, how beautifully they glide on, how much they love the colours and have either bought the set or are planning on how what order they’ll build their supplies.

The markers are available in single colours, in colour set duos and as a set of 27 (12 colour families, plus two skin tone markers & the Colour Lifter).

There’s also a new stamp set (Colour Me Happy) and project kit available as part of the Blends launch.  Click here to see the flyer with all the details.


I bet you’re curious to see the results of our play time!

I’ve already shared a couple of projects with you.  You can see the lantern card I made for our team swap here.

And the Blends in action with the Home for Christmas stamp set by clicking here.

My newest card to share with you uses the Just Add Color DSP (which is like sheets of an adult colouring book!!!).

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

I’ve cut the card front into three strips, and only coloured the middle panel.

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

This is a much more manageable way to practice colouring (and is a cool spotlight effect).

For this card, we practiced mixing colours – the light & dark of the Old Olive set and the light & dark of the Crumb Cake set.

Stampin Blends & Just Add Color | kelly kent

The Just Add Color DSP has 6 different designs!  That’s a lot of colouring practice!

Images © Stampin' Up!

If you’d like to order some Stampin’ Blends and start some colouring therapy, visit my online store for access to the full stock!

You might only start with a couple of colours, but I bet you’ll be back for more!  They are addictive!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Holidays Kids Class – Fidget Spinner Card

It has been school holidays here in Western Australia – for the past 2 weeks.  And because we are in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s winter!

As Murphy’s Law would have it, these holidays have been mostly wet, cold & windy, so it seemed like the perfect time to launch my school holidays paper craft class.

I’ve been thinking through this for quite some time, but the holidays always seem to come & go before I can put my plans into action.

Not this holidays!  I shared Tuesday afternoon with 7 gorgeous little people.

We made 2 cards, a calendar/post-it creation & a necklace, finishing with free choice using pieces from my scrap basket.

The kids had lots of fun and it was labelled as the ‘best craft activity ever’.

Kids Craft Class | kelly kent

All the projects were voted as winners, but the fidget spinner card definitely got a thumbs up from the whole group!

Fidget Spinner Card | kelly kent

Because kids don’t have any concept of new, retired or otherwise, I used this class as a chance to go back to some of my favourites!

Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey & the gorgeous Moonlight DSP.

Here’s the spinner card in action…


Although I’ve seen some awesome spinners made from punches, we kept it simple and cut around a printed spinner image.

Thanks to Doodlecraft for the great template. (3″ is the approximate printed size)

Fidget Spinner Card | kelly kent

We added 3/4″ circles at the three points and attached a washer with glue dots.

The middle feature is another 3/4″ circle with a 1/2″ circle adhered on top with a mini dimensional.

Again, retired was all ok for this card, so I used the arc die from the recently retired Sliding Star Framelits to make the spinner track.

The spinner is attached using more washers & a dimensional.

Fidget Spinner Card | kelly kent


I’m calling my first ever kids class a wonderful success.

The kids had a great time and they were super clever at making things from paper!

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to book a kids paper class, email me!

You may also want to ‘like’ my Facebook page so you get updates on any future kids classes.

June Team Birthdays!

June was another month full of birthday in the our Paper Adventures Team!

I’m still in my matchy-match card and gift phase.  It’s fun not only matching my papercraft materials to the necklaces, but matching the necklaces to the recipients!

First up it was Cate’s birthday!  Cate joined a couple of years ago, using her birthday money to buy her starter kit.  The rest is history!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent

Cate loves purple!  It was tricky to get a photo of this card showing off just how lovely the Bundle of Love DSP is!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent


Then it was Narelle’s birthday.  Narelle is my stamping sister and the one who lead this pony to the Stampin’ Up! pond!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent

Narelle is quite partial to pink!

I used the bleach technique on the panel of this card to remove the colour from the flowers – simple but effective!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent


And it was also my upline’s birthday – Maxine Norrish, who once upon a time said, “would you like to join, you’ll get free paper”… And the rest is history!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent

These colours are perfect for the types of outfits that Maxine wears!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent


Isn’t it amazing how well our Stampin’ Up! products coordinate with fashion & trends!  The SU! concept design are awesome!!!

If joining Stampin’ Up! is on your radar, pop in tomorrow – there’s a great joining special in July!!!


Like these cards???  Click on the products below to browse in my online store for supplies!

Colour INKspiration #11

We’re 10 challenges down and I continue to be inspired & amazed by all the entries that you are contributing on our Facebook page each fortnight!

Are you ready for another???

Colour INKspiration #11 is blues & browns – and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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This one stumped me for a while – I don’t naturally use a lot of Marina Mist!

But, they don’t call it a challenge because it’s my favourites each week!

I was dazzled by the other cards the design team made – continue on the hop to see the amazing creations!!!

After quite a bit of paper pushing, this is what I came up with…

Colour INKspiration #11 | kelly kent

The longer it sat, the happier I was – just a clean & simple masculine card!

The Wood Textures DSP really helped me out on this one!  I love that DSP stack!


Did you spy the new embossing paste again?

I think I’m going to use this on every card for the next forever!!

Colour INKspiration #11 | kelly kent

Please join us with your card for this challenge.  All the action happens on our Facebook page – no blog required to participate with your gorgeous creation!

But if you have a blog, feel free to leave a link so that members of the group can visit you.

Next up on the crew’s blog hop is Jackie Noble over in New Zealand!  You’re going to love what she’s created!

Just Add Ink #356 Choose Two

I’m so excited to share more of my OnStage creations with you!

I’ve been saving this project, especially for this Just Add Ink challenge.

We all contribute ideas for the challenges – and this ‘choose 2’ challenge was one of mine.

Who doesn’t love metallics, circles & balloons!  But you can only choose 2!  I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

Visit the Just Add Ink blog to see the Design Team creations and enter the challenge!


I made this card for my OnStage Display Board, knowing I’d be able to share it with you for this post.

My wonderful display stamper box consisted of amazing products including this witty stamp set called Five for All.

I love these sassy stamps.  You have to pick your audience – but I bet there’s lots of stampers who would love to send a quirky card or 2!

So, inspired by the metallic & circle theme, I made this card.

Not for the greatest kid in the world, but the greatest kid in the universe!

You can see more of the circles and gold detailing in this view….

The funky circle patterns are from the Eastern Beauty stamp set, embossed in gold.

I’ve used the coordinating circle trim from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Sticker pack along the bottom of the card.

And the pull tab is using the new Circle Tab punch in gold foil – you’re going to love that!!!


Want to see some of my other display board samples from OnStage 2017 using the Five for All stamp set?

I think this is my favorite design – a double fold card modelled on a nurses scrub, complete with a Circle Punch fob watch.

Nurses would have to be one of the most underappreciated professions we have!!!  I know a nurse or 2 that would groan at the accuracy of this sentiment!


Next is a cute little window box with a sassy tag – “you’re not old, you’re 25 plus shipping & handling”!!!  Aren’t we all!  Some with international shipping???

If you loved the ombre ribbon in the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit from the Occasions catalogue, you’re going to squeal when you find out it’s in the new catalogue!


This card is a mutual admiration society with more beautiful metallics from the Eastern Palace DSP and more ombre ribbon (Island Indigo – yes please!).


And last, but not least, for those that can have a laugh at getting older.

This card features all those beautiful new 2017-2019 In Colors.


That’s all from me today.  It’s been photo heavy over the past couple of days – thanks for sharing the experience with me!

You really are going to love this new catalogue!