2021 Annual Catalogue | It’s go time

There’s nothing more exciting than a new catalogue! Pretty pages filled with new things you “have to have”. Hopefully you’ve got a hard copy already hanging out in your house. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the link to the online PDF. You can also message me to request a copy.

Unlike previous catalogue cycles, the 2021 Jan-June Mini Catalogue hasn’t retired yet. So, you currently have two catalogues to shop from – the Mini and the new Annual. This means you can combine old and new favourites – a pairing that hasn’t happened before!

We’ve been enjoying seeing the new In Colors in action across April as demonstrator’s preorders arrived. They are Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent and Pale Papaya.

I’ve combined Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent with the Wrapped Bouquet bundle from the Jan-June Mini Catalogue.

There’s two different bouquet options and two different ways you can wrap them in this set. I shared the other style of bouquet in posts here and here (click on the links to check them out if you missed them).

This style of bouquet has such pretty flower and I really love the 3D effect of the newspaper wrap. The die embosses all the folds required, so you cut out one piece and then fold.

If you want to, you can stamp the newspaper print on the folded wrap but I love it as a background accent for this card. I’ve cut three Very Vanilla Stitched Rectangles in the same size and stamped them in Sahara Sand ink.

The flowers for the bouquet are stamped in Soft Succulent with fussy cut Polished Pink accent flowers. I used a section of the Polished Pink stamped image that didn’t have flowers to cut the heart – using a die from the Kangaroo Dies set.

The final touches for this card are the twine holding the tag on and the Happy Mother’s Day sentiment. It’s cut using the now retired Stitched Shapes Die but until I wait for some of my new catalogue things to arrive, that was the perfect shape for what this card needed. Retired doesn’t mean our relationship is over! Some Stampin’ Up! is forever!

What’s your idea of the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Does a handmade card with a Stampin’ Up! Gift voucher sound perfect? Start dropping hints now. I can provide your family with the card and gift voucher! Give them my details and I’ll take care of the rest!

If you do all the shopping in your house including Stampin’ Up!, then jump on over to my online store (click here) to order yourself a little happy mail.

There’s two great offers running in May –

JOIN – and receive a Starter Kit of your choice of $283 products for just $169. You’ve enjoy the Stampin’ Up! discount until at least October 2021, receive the next round of catalogues early, have access to preorder for the Aug-Dec Mini and next Sale-A-Bration and get adopted into our fabulous Paper Adventures team! Click here to purchase your Starter Kit. Have questions? Message me and I’ll answer them all.

HOST – order $400 of products yourself, or host a party with your family/friends with orders of $400+ and you’ll receive the usual hostess benefits (10-16% of retail value) plus an extra $40 of rewards. All Stampin’ Up! Rewards can be used for the specially priced host products, or use on any catalogue items at retail price. Click here to shop!

If you have any questions about ordering, hosting or joining, please email me, message me on socials (FB or Insta) or leave a comment here and I’ll get back to you.

Happy new catalogue!!!

Just Add Ink #549 | Choose Two

It’s a Choose Two theme for Just Add Ink this week, and you have me to thank – or curse – for the choices!

I love the boho look of flowers with feathers! I must admit there was a component of challenge in leaving the leaves out, so that I just had two of the choose two elements. In the end I worked around it by using the feathers as the foliage.

The featured stamp set for this card is Beautiful Friendship. This is currently on the Last Chance Retirement List and will retire on 3rd May 2021 – or when supplies run out in the warehouse. These flowers are so wonderfully whimsy!

The feathers are from two other stamp sets – Tasteful Touches and Positive Thoughts. They’ve been getting a bit of workout lately – I’ve been loving incorporating feathers into my designs.

The colours for this card are Sahara Sand for the base, Rococo Rose (from the Sand & Sea DSP) for the background and Basic White with Subtle Embossing for the panels. The florals are Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose, Pool Party and Highland Heather. The feathers are Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake. The accessories are White Polka Dot Ribbon, Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon and Elegant Faceted Gems.

I can’t wait to see all the floral entries for this challenge. I know there’ll be lots of petals and leaves, but I’m excited to see what leaves & feathers and petals & feathers creations you’ll share. To add your project to the gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog by clicking here. You can also see all the ways the design team used the leaves, feathers & petals.

Thanks for supporting Just Add Ink – we really appreciate you all!

Hey Spotify, Play Happy Birthday!

This idea has been circling my mind for quite some time and I’m super excited to bring it to life!

It’s my take on the Spotify Glass Plaques – but in card format. The artwork emulates the screen when listening to a song on Spotify (a popular music streaming service). I’ve cut it in black vinyl to give it a luxurious feel.

The theme for this card was inspired by the gift – a vintage typewriter plant pot. It’s for a friend who turned 40 this week and I can see it being the perfect addition to her craft desk!

The typewriter is from a retired set that I haven’t been able to part with yet – PS You’re the Best stamp set. I’ve stamped it in Misty Moonlight ink and coloured with Seaside Spray and Misty Moonlight Blends.j

The flowers are from the Art Gallery stamp set, which coordinates with the background DSP for this card – Fine Art Floral. I love the texture of this DSP and it worked beautifully with my vintage theme. Turning 40 is a perfect vintage – don’t you agree!

The code at the bottom of the panel is real – when you scan it on the Spotify app it plays Happy Birthday. I love an interactive card!

Happy birthday wishes have never been so much fun!!!

Social Stamping | Brushed Blooms

After a little delay to the start of Social Stamping at the cafe this term (thanks to a snap lockdown), I can’t believe tomorrow is our last session of Term 1. We’ve made some great cards, drunk delicious coffee and shared lots of laughs! The good news is that after a break for school holidays, we’ll be back again in Term 2!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the cards for tomorrow. Inspired by the catalogue sample on page 29, I’ve adapted to make it work for a larger group.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Rather than stamping each of the colours using the stamp, I’ve used the die to cut out the brushstrokes and filled them in with colour from behind. In rainbow order, they are Magenta Madness, Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

We don’t have the option to heat emboss at the cafe, so I’ve changed the sentiment to white cardstock with Night of Navy ink, and also used Night of Navy for the leaves. Using a dark blue instead of black is one of my favourite tips for getting a dark but solid image. Memento and StazOn black inks are great and definitely have their purposes, but I find it hard to get a consistent coverage unless I stamp several times.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

The roses are stamped in Gorgeous Grape and cut with the dies from this coordinating set – Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies. I’ve layered on a vellum circle to give some definition and added some gold gem bling!

I always offer any alternative for classes – but the differences on this one are subtle! The specific sizing of the Brushstrokes die makes it hard to change the layout too much!

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Can you spot the changes? The flowers are on the left side, the sentiment in stamped on a long strip and not cut into words and the brushstrokes are upside down compared to the other cards. I can’t wait to see how the stampers change up the design tomorrow to show their creative flair.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Join me tomorrow at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe – 9.30am start. We have the table reserved until 11am, but you can dash off before then if you need!

See you tomorrow. If you’re definitely going to be there, let me know so I can save a kit for you. RSVPS are helpful but not essential – I always have extras on the day.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Pierced Blooms Dies | happy birthday

Hello Sunday! It’s autumn here in Australia (known as fall for some of you) and the weather is absolutely glorious. Warm during the day, balmy at night and not a touch of wind at all this weekend. Yesterday we played tourist with family who have visited us and did a high ropes course. This is me hanging out at 10m above the ground with one of the Little Miss Papercrafts.

I have no fear of heights, but wow – some of those obstacles are challenging! Quite the change in pace from the comfort of the craft room!


Today I’m sharing with you a quick and easy duo of cards. They are made using the Pierced Blooms Dies – and all the hard work is done with the detail in the dies.

As suggested by the product name, when you cut these dies using your cutting machine, it pierces all the holes you see and makes them so pretty!

The colours for my flowers are Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Magenta Madness and Just Jade for the leaves.

I made two variations of this card with a subtle differences to how I arranged the flowers how they worked in with the sentiment. Even the die cut for the sentiment has a gorgeous pierced edging.

The DSP for this card is the True Love DSP – the black and white patterns are a staple for me this catalogue. I’ve used the Subtle Embossing Folder on the background layer to add a bit more texture and complement the stitching.

The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. It’s such a pretty arrangement of fonts and fits so perfectly in the die.

Enjoy the rest of your day! There will be no adventure for me today, I’m taking it easy and enjoying the level ground of my craft room!

Brushed Blooms | hello thirty!

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the most beautiful high tea yesterday for my gorgeous friend Melissa. She thought of every detail to make it a wonderful afternoon with delicious food, yummy drinks and pretty decor.

Without even knowing it, the card I made her almost perfectly matched her cake! This is the cake, made by Deb…

This is the card using the Brushed Blooms set and Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies.

The beautiful patterned paper is from the Sand & Sea DSP. It’s one of my favourites from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalogue. Those colours!!! I’ve coordinated the colours for the flowers – Rococo Rose in full strength and stamped off and Blushing Bride. The leaves are Sahara Sand.

I’ve layered the flowers with some trim – Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon and twine from the Snail Mail Combo Pack and then attached them to a label from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.

Happiest 30th birthday gorgeous Mel! Here’s to a decade of wonderful adventures, great company and you being your fabulous self!

Stamp Review Crew | Kangaroo & Company

Hi there! Happy Valentine’s Day to those who are reading that are still in yesterday’s time zone! I hope you and all the already into Monday time zoners had a wonderful day of love!

There’s lots of love about today’s Stamp Review Crew hop where we share with you what we’ve been creating with the Kangaroo & Company stamp set. This set coordinates with the Kangaroo Dies for easy peasy projects!

I’m hopping with my friends on the crew from around the world and I can’t wait to see what they share with us today! Kangaroos are native to Australia and can be seen often in the wild, though it’s rare to have them in your back yard and it’s not very common to have them as pets (though occasionally people will keep a rescued joey – baby kangaroo). We have a local wildlife park where you can stop by feed the kangaroos. It’s so fun to have a stamp set in the catalogue with Australian roots. To see the full line up and links, please visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

I’m taking a different angle on this one compared to the cards I posted last month for a Just Add Ink hop. Today it’s all about the punny cards. You know I love a card that comes with a smile!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The first one uses other supplies in my stash, together with the Kangaroo & Company bundle to create a “Happy Birthday to Roo!” card!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The stamp sets are Many Messages (happy birthday) & Itty Bitty Birthdays (to) – heat embossed in white on Rococo Rose cardstock. The ROO! letters are in Misty Moonlight cardstock using the Playful Alphabet Dies & Foam Adhesive Sheets.

The rest of the stamps you can see – kangaroo, presents & butterflies are all from the Kangaroo & Company stamp set. It’s the perfect builder set – you can customise for any mood or occasion. The DSP on this card is from the Fine Art Floral DSP pack and the embossing folder is Painted Texture 3D. I’m also loving having a white twine back in the range – available in a twin pack with a pretty Blushing Bride.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The second card is a play on the kangaroo method of getting around – “hoppy birthday”! With some help from my favourite set – Pretty Perennials, I have adjusted the ‘a’ to an ‘o’.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The super cute flowers – designed to be a pouch accessory, also work as a stand alone stamp. I’ve stamped several clusters in each corner and coloured them with Stampin’ Blends (Rococo Rose, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade).

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

Can you spot the boo boo on this card? I was making these late on Saturday night (yes, I’m motivated by a deadline) and didn’t notice til I was editing the photos! Mistakes on cards don’t worry me at all. This will still be ‘hopping’ it’s way over to a special birthday lady soon!

To see more kangaroo creations, it’s your turn to hop on over to the next blog. From here, you’re visiting the gorgeous Linda Callahan.

I hope your week is wonderful and includes stamping out some of cute Australian natives! It’s got to be a good week if there’s cute kangaroos involved!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Pretty Perennials

Is a stamping Mumma allowed to have favourites??? Luckily for the products in my collection, my favourites are constantly changing but at the moment I am totally in love the with Pretty Perennials stamp set and Perennial Petals Dies.

So far I’ve shared a super cute ice cream punch art creation using these dies – you can see that here, and a happy mail swap card – you can see that here.

The cards I am sharing today were made for my team and customers. I love being able to send a card as a thank you with an order and I always send out birthday cards for my team.

The theme this year for my team birthday cards is yellow – and they’ll find out why when they get their birthday card in the mail. Not everyone loves birthdays, but I have always enjoyed celebrating another year for my family & friends.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

This card is a little fussier than my usual style, but the flowers (stamps & dies) in this set layer so beautifully!

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

I’ve used three different yellows – So Saffron, Daffodil Delight & Bumblebee. I love that our ink & cardstock coordinates so you can confidently use them together and they have the same tone.


After making the yellow version, I decided to change up my usual colour choices and add in a purple version. Purple is not a tone I usually craft with – which is funny because it matches so well with so many other colours! You’ll often find one of the purple tones in DSP!!!

As I so often do, I changed a few things in the original design to create a same same but different card. Different layout direction, different colours, different DSP pattern, different sentiment option. For very little brain power you get a wonderfully coordinating, but unique card.

The colours in the purple version are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy. Due to issues with manufacturing that couldn’t be resolved, we haven’t had Purple Posy ink for most of the time the colour has been available. Luckily, Highland Heather when stamped off comes pretty close and is a great substitute!

The black & white DSP on both cards is True Love DSP from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. I’ve seen lots of B&W lovers say there should be a B&W option in every catalogue and you know what – I think I have to agree. It provides such a good base for cardmaking, especially when mixed in with monochromatic cards.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

While we are celebrating all things happy, happy back to school day for all the students in Perth & the South West that returned to school today. Thankfully a week of lockdown meant we were able to return to life as usual in the south west and expecting the same for Perth again very soon.

Have a fabulous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Lockdown | what cardmaking?

Parts of my state of Australia went into lockdown a week ago in response to a virus outbreak. It would seem like lockdown would be the perfect opportunity to get lots of cardmaking done – but the reality of my week was a little different. With the Mini Papercrafts home for the 9th week of school holidays, day care closed for the week and my working days switched to working from home, there always seemed to be something other than the craft table that demanded my attention. On the plus side, we enjoyed family walks, had time for some baking and I got to experience working from home for my job as a paediatric Speech Pathologist.

Knowing that my team were all in lockdown in their respective locations, we were lucky enough for lots of us to be free for a Zoom team meeting on Thursday night. We chatted lockdown (of course), caught up on how everyone was going, talked Stampin’ Up! and then crafted while chatting some more. The brief was to create something you could send to a teamie.

I had the Pretty Perennials bundle on my craft table from my ice cream girl creation last week (you can see that here) and a Pretty Perennials stamping session earlier in the week before lockdown hit – I’ll share those projects with you tomorrow.

So, I knew I wanted to use the Pretty Perennials bundle again (I think it’s my mini catalogue favourite at the moment – or at least one of several favourites). Being on a meeting length time frame to make something, I opened the catalogue for layout inspiration and chose the DSP & banner combination on page 8 of the mini catalogue.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

For the DSP background, I used the Flower & Field DSP which you can add to your order for {FREE} during February once the total before shipping reaches $90. The blue and yellow of the DSP led me to the colour choices for the banner and other DSP strip.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

For the flowers, I wanted to add some more colour, so I used Blushing Bride for the large flower and then coordinated in the yellow (Bumblebee) and blue (Pool Party) for the other flowers.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

The flowers in this set are gorgeous, but it’s the ‘happy’ that keeps drawing me back. Unfortunately there’s no die for it, so it’s fussy cutting therapy for that one, but it looks so cute on the card that I’m happy to take the time to cut it out. The ‘sending’ and ‘mail’ – in a font that I just adore – are white heat embossed on Just Jade cardstock.

There’s everything to love about this stamp set and coordinating dies. I think I’ll keep it on my desk for a little longer before moving on to something else!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Wrapped Bouquet

Hello! Although craft time has been somewhat limited during our very busy school holidays, I carved out a little time yesterday while the Mini Papercrafts

There’s two points of easy inspiration for me when I’m sort on time to explore the creative journey – CASEing a card and using a challenge. These cards ended up being a combination of the two.

CASEing the Catty Challenge #302 was to CASE a floral project and Just Add Ink #538 had a brilliant sketch.

So with those two sources of inspiration and a handful of new products at my fingertips, I decided on getting the new Wrapped Bouquet bundle inky.

Here’s the catalogue inspiration photo from the Wrapped Bouquet page…

Using the layouts, styling and DSP patterns from the inspiration photos, and keeping the Wrapped Bouquet bundle as the centrepiece, these are my versions –

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

You can see that I changed just enough of the design to make it my own, but used enough of the inspiration samples to make designing cards while on limited crafting time easy & pleasant.

For the first card (top left), I changed up the background to match the Just Add Ink inspiration photo – moving the black & white squared DSP from a whole background to smaller rectangle and then adding in another one using the same DSP pattern as used in the other sample. These DSPs are both from the Well Suited DSP.

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

I chose a one tone colour palette on each card to go with the neutrals (black, white, grey) as the pop of colour. This card is Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose – I seem to be on a pink run at the moment!

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

This bouquet from the stamp set is my favourite of the two, so I used on both cards, but there is another floral bouquet option. The Wrapped Bouquet stamp set coordinates with the Wrapped Flowers Dies which cuts out the whole stamp perfectly. There’s also a die in the set which cuts out a rectangle with crease lines to turn it into the paper for the bottom of the bouquet, but the stamped version was cute, so I’ll save that for another project.


The second card uses the layout of the catalogue card (bottom right), with a different colour palette. I love a good layout and this one was too good to mess with so I changed up the colours. Mint flowers – yes please!!!

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

In keeping with my mesh of the two catalogue cards, I’ve included the black & white squared DSP for one of the strips. The other is Mint Macaron. as well as Pretty Peacock for the tag and Soft Sea Foam for the leaves – in keeping with a one tone pop of colour. The flowers are coloured with Soft Sea Foam & Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends.

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

Want to join in with either of these challenges? You’ll find CASEing the Catty on Facebook and Just Add Ink via their blog.

The magic question for the rest of the week – will I get any more time at the craft table??? There’s only a few more days of school holidays here in Western Australia and then summer break is over. We’ll be back to early morning wake ups, packed lunches and some sort of a routine! As much as I’ve missed getting inky, I’ve loved having the kids home and getting out and about every day! Why can’t we have it all??? 🙂

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com