A Basket of Birthday Wishes

I’ve been having a heap of fun using the Basket Bunch stamp set and matching Basket Builder Framelits to make cute little Easter gifts this year.

But, as with so many of the Stampin’ Up! products, it’s not just limited to an Easter theme.

The artwork in this stamp set is fun & playful – I love the style!

I used it this week to make a birthday card for a demo friend.

The flowers in this set are so cute and look beautiful with a bold splash of colour.

They are finished with a liberal application of clear wink of Stella – which of course is hard to catch in a photo!

Happy Birthday Megan – I hope you have a truly amazing day!

PS, there’s only 1 week left of Sale-A-Bration.  That means…

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CASEing the Catty #118 Cool Treats


It’s not any ordinary Sunday around here – because it’s a long weekend in Western Australia.

Can I hear an ‘oh yeah’????

So, as the rest of the world thinks ahead to what their Monday will hold, mine will (hopefully) involve a sleep in, sunshine & yummy food!!!

But, just because it doesn’t feel like Sunday, does mean I’m going to miss a CASEing the Catty blog hop.

Today at CTC, we’re CASEing (copy & selectively edit) projects from the Cool Treats section of the Occasions catalogue – pages 32 – 45!

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So many ideas within these pages and I know you’re going to love what the crew has come up with.

I’m still having a love affair with my accidentally ordered Special Reason stamps & Stylish Stems Framelits.

Thank goodness the universe is looking out for my stamping needs.

For my creations this week, I took the colours from this photo on page 42

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And the layout from the bag on the right in this photo

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To create this beautiful birthday card…

CASEing the Catty #118. Special Reason. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I even decorated the inside!

CASEing the Catty #118. Special Reason. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I loved this design but decided I could step it up with a few extra touches.

So, I took the embossing to the back layer, moved the ribbon and made the die cuts from glimmer, to create this sparkly version…

CASEing the Catty #118. Special Reason. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Subtle changes and creating a design in multiples are a couple of my favourite ways to create more than one card in a sitting for not much extra effort.

Do you like one version better than the other?  I’m a proud mummy who loves both!

That’s me for today!

Please hop on to visit the lovely & talented Mel Pagano.


Given the number of amazing samples in the catalogue, I’m looking forward to lots of crafters joining us on the Facebook page this week with their CASEd projects.


Thanks for joining us.  Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday night!  And if you’re in WA – enjoy your day off tomorrow!

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Stamp Review Crew – Sunshine Sayings


Happy Monday & welcome to the Stamp Review Crew hop featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set (and matching framelits!).

Though this awesome hop is full of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators coming from different corners of the world, you’re in a bit of an Aussie patch at the moment!!!

I’m writing to you from the west coast of Australia – the south west corner in a country town called Bunbury.

If you’re not starting here, you’ve come from the gorgeous Nikki Spencer on the east coast of Australia – wasn’t her project lovely!

Don’t stop at this blog though, because after this you can click through to take you back east to visit Bruno’s blog.

I love the Sunshine Sayings bundle.

The font is just wonderful for the stamps & framelits and the ‘happy birthday’ is in high rotation on my cards because it fits so nicely in the Classic Label punch.

Since we’re showcasing the stamp set during these hops, I always try to make the stamps my feature.

With a set so heavy on words, than can be a bit of a challenge!

But there’s also the flower, leaf & stem stamps to use – so I did!

Stamp Review Crew - Sunshine Sayings. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

They look just beautiful when they are stamped and then coloured with the same colour ink using an Aquapainter.

I straightened out the stem and used it to create a haphazard border.

And finished it all with the stamped & die cut sentiments mounted on vellum.

You can see the extra flower on the envelope – it’s so nice to make it all coordinate!  There’s also one on the inside of the card.

Thanks for hopping with me today.  Next up is Bruno who has put his creative spin on this bundle.


If you love the designs that the demonstrators are sharing, please leave us a comment – we love to know who’s visiting!

I’d love to know where you all visit from.  Cardmaking is such an international hobby – I’m always so humbled that the internet allows us to share with each other across such great distances!

Until next time,

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

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Colour INKspiration #02


Wow – didn’t the first week of Colour INKspiration go off with a bang???

Thanks for joining us. If you haven’t yet and want to see what all the hype is about, click here to request to join us on the Facebook page.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –

The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Then it’s over to you with a 12 day period for crafters to upload their own creations using the challenge colours.

If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.

Challenge #2 is a mix of earthy greens & blues, a soft purple and the stark contrast of Whisper White.

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I {LOVE} the inspiration picture and have stored this away to use this as photo inspiration in the future.

Actually, how beautiful would one look in real life – I’ll have to see if my fave succulent supplier The Fairy Gardener can make me something similiar.

For these colours, I wanted to try them with the new Big on Birthdays stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.

It’s a 12 piece set with large sentiments and awesome fonts!!!

This card breaks a few of my colour ‘rules’ (I never use Wisteria, “blue & green shouldn’t be seen”) – but that’s what colour challenges are all about!!!

Wisteria Wonder for the flowers, Mint Macaron for the leaves, white background & Soft Sky card base.

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Once I’d finished the card, I decided it needed something to lift it – since the Wisteria is such a dark colour, especially in marker form.

So, I added Fine Tip Glue pen over all the flowers – creating a glossy finish.

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It looks awesome & was the extra pizzazz the card needed!

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What’s your tip for finishing touches?

Sometimes it’s the difference between a nice card and a gorgeous creation!

Next stop on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is the clever Jackie Noble!


If you can see yourself creating something the challenge colours, join us on Facebook to upload your entry.

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CASEing the Catty #101 Favourite Annual Catalogue Bundle


Hey there – thanks for joining me today for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.

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Today at CTC, we’re CASEing our favourite bundle from the Annual Catalogue.

The variety from the team is great – and reflective of how different we all are.  Which makes it a great hop!

From here, you can either go back to see what Julia has made, or hop on to see Monique’s creations.

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“Favourite” anything is always a challenge for me.  Who wants to choose just one of anything?

I know I drive Mr Papercraft insane when we go out for dinner.  I delightfully request (make him) that he orders something I like so we can share.  Who wants one awesome restaurant meal when you can have 2?

So… when it was another ‘favourite’ here at CTC, well…!!!  I love all bundles!

But, as I was trying to decide, this cute card caught my attention on the front cover.

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Jar of Love and Everyday Jar framelits are definitely a favourite in my stash.  I just love the creativity they offer!

My CASEd verison of the card included a colour change, sentiment change and embossing folder change.

The overall layout and design was too good to change!!!

CASEing the Catty #101 - Favourite Annual Catalogue bundle. Jar of Love & Everyday Jars Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The catalogue is full of great tips & tricks – if you just look closely at the designs.

For this card, the original artist has layered stamped images with die cut images and added lots of texture.

I’ve done the same!

CASEing the Catty #101 - Favourite Annual Catalogue bundle. Jar of Love & Everyday Jars Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Please (pretty please!) play along with us at CTC.  Upload your favourite annual catalogue bundle here – I’d love to see what you’re making!


Then, hop along to Monique to see what’s on her favourite list…


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Stamp Review Crew – Flourishing Phrases

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Hello!  It’s another Stamp Review Crew – the first for the new financial year and the first SRC hop featuring *NEW* products from the annual catalogue – how exciting!!!

I almost didn’t join in this hop as Flourishing Phrases didn’t quite make the cut for me (way too many amazing things to choose in the new catalogue!) – but thanks to one of amazing team members, I was able to borrow it for the occasion!  Thanks Kristel!

Flourishing Phrases comes in clear or wood…

… and has a coordinating thinlits set, which comes in a bundle, saving you 10%!


I’m last on the list today, which means you’ve probably hopped along from Sue and I’ll be linking you back to Mickey at the end of my post to complete the circle.

Each Stamp Review Crew hop is a round the world trip of creativity all focused on the same stamp set.  There’s always a range of creative ideas and something to inspire every crafter!

If you get lost or there’s a broken link, click on the header at the start of this post and it will take you to a full list of participants.

There’s lots of sweet & sensitive sentiments in this stamp set – which makes it great to have for those delicate occasions where you need just the right words!

But, it was the large flourish that drew me in.

I wanted to show it off in full effect – so I made a project set with a stamped candle and easel window card.

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Candle & Easel Window Card project set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was mighty tricky to get good pictures of this project set because of the reflections in the window pane of the easel card.

Photography is not my forte!

What it looks like when it’s open…

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Easel Window Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Side view…

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Easel Window Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And when closed…

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Easel Window Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The front & middle panel are cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  How do you get a rectangle from a square?

Cut the first square at the top of your cardstock with an even border around the top & side edges.  Move your framelit to the bottom section of your cardstock and with the same border allowance, line it up with the sides you’ve already cut – and cut again.  This will give you a rectangle!

The colour combination for this card all started with the candle.  I wanted the flourish to ‘pop’ so I chose a trio of bold colours & a neutral to tie it all together.

Before this project, I hadn’t ever ventured into the realm of decorated candles.

I’m not sure why – it’s so easy and looks fantastic!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Decorated Stamped Candle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How to:

  • Simply cut a piece of white tissue paper to the size of your candle circumference (the distance around the candle for the length x the height of the candle).
  • Stamp your images on to the shiny side of the tissue paper until you have the pattern you want
  • Lay the tissue paper around the candle and using your heat tool, gently melt the wax.  The tissue paper will absorb into candle and your stamped images will become part of the candle.

*** Note: watch carefully – melting the candle & tissue paper into each other only takes a matter of seconds.

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Candle & Easel Window Card project set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This project set would make a lovely gift using whatever stamp sets you have in your collection – but the flourish from Flourishing Phrases is a great size & design!!!

Thanks for sharing my maiden candle stamping experience.

Next stop is Mickey Roberts over at Paper Conversation where she is sharing her wonderful creativity with us!

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Kelly x

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Beautiful Birthday Wishes – Pop Up Slider Card

I got many beautiful birthday wishes this year including some lovely handmade creations.  One of these was from a fellow demo & friend – Nicole Wilson – who made me a pop up slider card.  It was awesome, and as much as I loved it, I confess to taking it apart to see just how it was made!

And since then I’ve been making lots of pop up slider cards for special occasions.

It didn’t surprise me when a Google search for ‘pop up slider card’ revealed that the original designer was Dawn Griffith!  I love her work.  You can find her video tutorial here.

So, I’ve made lots of these over the past few months, but this particular version was made for a special friend – and it included so many of my favourite new Stampin’ Up! products.

Jar of Love Pop Up Slider Card featuring Jar Of Love stamp set, Everyday Jars Framelits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

There’s Sweet Sugarplum (favourite colour), Jar of Love bundle (one of my favourite bundles) and Blooms & Bliss DSP (def in my top 3 DSP choices!).

Jar of Love Pop Up Slider Card featuring Jar Of Love stamp set, Everyday Jars Framelits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

As usual, I tweaked the measurements to make the most of the DSP & Australian cardstock sizes.  So, my finished card front measured 4″ x 5-7/8″.

This meant that I had to make slight adjustments to the other pieces so it all lined up.  Good thing I like maths & numbers!

My adjusted pieces were:

  • Front (DSP) 4″ x 5-7/8″
  • Back 4″ x 7/8″
  • Scoring/cutting for the front panel 3/4″ from each edge
  • Scoring of DSP (middle panel): 1-1/4″, 3-3/16″ from bottom edge
  • Pull up piece (that sits in the middle of the card) 5-1/16″ x 3-1/16″
  • Pop up piece (that sits on the middle front panel) 2-1/2″ x 3-13/16″

Note: some of the measurements are slightly wacky – I think this is due to “loss” that sometimes happens when scoring & cutting.  If you follow the above measurements, it all works out in the end.  Alternatively, you might like to visit Dawn’s video tutorial to take down the measurements she uses.

Jar of Love Pop Up Slider Card featuring Jar Of Love stamp set, Everyday Jars Framelits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

There’s something about this card that just tickles my fancy.  I think it’s the combination between the colours, the style and the overall sweetness that makes it one of my most favourite cards (ever) to come from my craft table.

Jar of Love Pop Up Slider Card featuring Jar Of Love stamp set, Everyday Jars Framelits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Thanks to Nicole for a fabulous birthday gift, to Dawn for her generous sharing of her ideas & designs and to Stampin’ Up! for putting together such an amazing line up of products for 2016.  Feeling the love tonight!  Kelly x

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