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

Stamp Review Crew | Forever Fern

Hello Monday (in Australia!) & welcome to another Stamp Review Crew hop.  I’m joined by my stamping friends from around the world as we all share projects made using the same Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  You can find the full list of participants and link on the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Today it’s the Forever Fern stamp set and coordinating Forever Flourishing Dies.

This is one of those sets where the dies really complement the stamp set, so I know you’re going to see some wonderful projects today using the whole suite.

I really enjoy experimenting with the styling of a stamp set that has quite a strong theme in the catalogue.  There’s lot of green tones in this suite, so I’ve taken the turn to the left and gone pink.

Forever Fern | kelly kent

The inspiration for this card started with wanting to use the Gold Hoop Embellishment.  They are just the sweetest!

Forever Fern | kelly kent

I mixed my embossing colours with gold, silver and white on the same card!  White for the sentiment on Basic Gray cardstock, silver leaves on Sahara Sand cardstock, gold leaves on Sahara Sand cardstock and silver splatters on the card base.  I figured while I was mixing it up, I’d try out a few different things.

Forever Fern | kelly kent

The card base is Rococo Rose layered with Whisper White and more Rococo Rose. The embossed layer is the 3D Brick & Mortar folder. And the ribbon is the new Metallic Mesh Ribbon and the Braided Linen Trim from the Annual Catalogue.


There’s more Forever Fern projects waiting for you by clicking the next button through the hop.  From here, you’re travelling to the US to visit the wonderful Holly Krautkremer.

Thanks for joining the fun with us today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Social Stamping | sympathy

Welcome to Social Stamping – the first of the monthly hops focused on social greetings as themes.  If you joined us for any of the 15 weekly Social Stamping hops, you’ll be familiar with the blog hop style, linked to each other and also a main blog host post.  Click here to see a full list of designers participating today.

Today’s theme is ‘sympathy’.  Sympathy cards can be very hard to make.  The elements of the card – the colour choices, the theme, the stamps, the layout – it seems to carry more weight when the job of the card is to express to someone how much we care.  I wanted to make a card that covered feeling sad and the new Boho Indigo stamp has has the perfect sentiment – “sorry you’re feeling blue”.

I really love the Boho Indigo Product Medley with it’s serene blue tones and beautiful imagery in the stamp & die set.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Flowers are a great way to express condolences and a good theme for sympathy cards.  The stamps and dies in this project set make it easy to create visually stunning arrangements in no time at all. I’ve used a combination of the vase (Smoky Slate), flowers (Misty Moonlight) and leaves (Seaside Spray).

I came across this style of card on Debbie Henderson’s blog recently.  She called it an interlocking card – and I just love it!!!

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The finished card is the same size as a standard Australian card (A6) and fits in a normal C6 envelope.  To create the gap needed for the slider, you cut the card front down by 1/8″ to allow for the slider mechanism to sit snugly down the gap.  The card base is 8-1/8″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 2″ from each end.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The slider is made using two labels or tags held together with Foam Adhesive Strip.  I used two of the same size die from the Tasteful Labels set, cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock and held together using a piece of Foam Adhesive Strip.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

It’s so simple but so clever – my favourite kind of card!  I can see this being my new favourite as it will fit any style or theme of card.

I’ve added the flowers & vase to the slider and also a piece of ribbon to act as a pull tab.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Next blog to visit is by Julia Quinn – who makes gorgeous projects in sunny Queensland.

Enjoy your weekend.  I hope you don’t have a need for many sympathy cards, but if you do, I hope this hop has provided some helpful inspiration!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #514 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  Today’s project is a design team card for the Just Add Ink Challenge.  I’ve chosen a colour combination for the team to create with and I can’t wait to see what they – and you – do with it.  Every JAI theme is a challenge which means we ask you to join in too.  Add your project to the gallery on our blog (click here to visit) – your project could be the winner!

I had a totally different project in mind for this colour theme.  Little Miss Papercraft turns 7 on the weekend and with a Frozen themed birthday party, this would have been perfect!  I even preordered some delightfully snowy themed products from the upcoming Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue (aka the Holiday Catalogue), but sadly, they got held hostage by Australia Post and didn’t arrive in time.

So, instead, I have used the colours to create a cute birthday card using some of my favourite Annual Catalogue products.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The flowers on this card are from the Boho Indigo stamp set (part of the Boho Indigo Product Medley).  This is a hidden gem of the Annual Catalogue and such a fun set to own!  I used the coordinating dies in the kit to cut the feature flowers (Pool Party & Pretty Peacock) and the Vellum flourish.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I’m in love with the simplicity of this set.  I cut the largest size of the stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies, stamped the “B” in Pretty Peacock, ‘is for’ in Smoky Slate and white heat embossed the ‘birthday’ on Pretty Peacock cardstock.

You could use this simple layout for just about any card and with the other stamps in the Monogram Messages stamp set, you could easily adapt the colours for any type of birthday, baby, hello or celebration card.  There’s cute little picture stamps as well as the letters & words.  Did I mention how much I love this stamp set?

Now it’s your turn to work your magic on these colours (or the closest colours you have in your stash if you don’t use Stampin’ Up! – a soft aqua, a deep teal and a light gray).  Upload your project using the challenge colours and share it in our gallery.

Thanks for supporting the Just Add Ink challenge.  We love having you share your talents with us each week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Blossoms in Bloom

Do you remember the first time you saw stamping in action?  It was 2010 for me and I was pregnant with Little Miss Papercraft #1.  A friend asked me if I wanted to come to a Stampin’ Up! workshop her Mum was hosting.  With no papercraft experience, but nothing better to do that weekend, I joined the fun – and boy did I enjoy it!  I was a smitten kitten and that was the start of the journey to here.

On the weekend I had the pleasure of being able to share the wonder of making something creative using stamps, ink & paper with a lovely group of ladies who were mostly new to stamping.

This is the make & take project we completed using the Blossoms in Bloom stamp and Flowers for Every Season DSP.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

We stamped the large flower stamp in Bumblebee ink and two of the smaller flowers in Magenta Madness – both with Early Espresso centres.  All the flower were fussy cut with Paper Snips.  The leaves are stamped onto the Whisper White layer in Just Jade ink.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp too – stamped in Magenta Madness ink.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I love this stamp set!  It has beautiful dies to go with it, but I’m loving making the floral stamps the highlight of the card. Click here to see the card I made using Misty Moonlight (blue) flowers where I stamped one piece of cardstock and created two cards!!!

To place an order and add to your Stampin’ Up! collection, visit my online store.  To book a workshop in the Bunbury area for you and your friends (and earn free products with qualifying orders), contact me via email or Facebook.

I hope your week involves lots of smiles!

Social Stamping | new normal

Hey there, thanks for stopping by for a Social Stamping Blog Host with my friends.  You can see the full list of designers who have joined in for this theme by clicking here.

As we ease from COVID into post COVID, we settle into what is now our new normal.  There’s some really wonderful things we are taking from the lessons of a global pandemic.  We’re also at the start of a new catalogue – yay!  So, the theme for today’s blog hop is “new”.

When reflecting on this theme, and my experiences during COVID, one of the things I really enjoyed was the simplicity and space that being at home more and being less busy allowed.  As we pave a path forwards into what life looks like after the coronavirus of 2020, the pace is picking up and I miss the lazy starts to the day, the time to bake (and craft!) and being able to spend time being fun with the kids.  I’d like to keep some of the simplicity and luxury of time that we experienced and build this into our new normal.

I wanted the essence of simplicity to come through in my cards for today’s hop, so as well as using new products, I’ve used simple stamping (well, simple compared to my usual style).

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

My cards today feature the Jar Punch in a solid colour, cut twice to make it a little shorter.  Cut once as usual, then feed the bottom of the jar back into the bottom of the punch and punch again.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The white panel used as the backdrop for the card is cut from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies (scalloped rectangle) and then embossed with the new Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder.  This is a fabulous addition to the range of embossing folders – just a bit more texture than the Subtle folder, but still very nondescript so it doesn’t detract from your theme. I’ve used the same die set for the sentiment, which is white heat embossed from the Forever Fern stamp set.

With simple in mind, I just love the look of a leafy die in the jar.  Not to complicate things, I used the same colours and general styling and created two more cards.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is stamped directly onto the jar and is from the Many Mates stamp set.  This versatile set is going to be a favourite from this catalogue for all your greeting needs.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

I’m sad that the Whisper White twine has retired, but there’s still a couple of twine options in the new catalogue.  The blue (Misty Moonlight / Night of Navy) cards feature the Misty Moonlight / silver Baker’s Twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.  The pink (Blushing Bride / Rococo Rose) cards feature Linen Thread – a staple favourite.


Thanks for joining me today.  Next fabulous designer to visit is Lisa Whitehead with her beautiful new project.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!