Happy Mother’s Day 2021

Mother’s Day is another reason on the calendar to make a card – your own mum, a new mum, fur baby mum, remembering your mum, celebrating the mums who got promoted to grandmothers, sending love to a mother figure… Mother’s Day means something different to each person.

For me, it’s a chance to reflect on how lucky I am to have the three Mini Papercraft’s bringing me joy and driving me crazy in equal measures on a daily basis.

I am also blessed with an amazing Mum who loves and supports us in every way she can. This is the card I made for her –

I seem to be in a green phase at the moment! It’s funny how your brain favours colours. This is Just Jade, Sahara Sand and Mint Macaron.

The leaves are from the Forever Flourishing Dies, sentiment from the Dressed to Impress stamp set, embossing is the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and dies from the Dressed to Impress Dies and Stitched Rectangles.

One of the products I added earlier in the year to my craft stash is a wax seal kit from Fiona Ariva and I’m in love! They make great envelope seals that complement the high quality of the Stampin’ Up!envelopes so well.

They also make a fantastic embellishment on a card front to elevate it to the next level!

The wax is a mix of green tones with a dried hydrangea flower and a twine bow. The finishing touch is a Soft Succulent In Color Jewel. Did I mention how much I’m loving greens – I think the addition of Soft Succulent into the colour range has a lot to do with it!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. The Mini Papercraft’s have promised me a home spa day – I’m not sure if that’s going to be a rewarding experience or kids revenge?! 🙂

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 | 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!

Social Stamping | hearts

I’m having one of those weeks, months, or is it years?!? where I can’t believe it’s the end of May!  Time is just rushing by!

My stamping friends have now joined me for ten Social Stamping Blog Hosts – a big thank you to them for sharing in this with me.  What started as a way to connect and share during COVID has now become a Saturday ritual.

The theme for today is hearts.  You can see the whole list of designers who are participating by clicking here for the Blog Host post, or keep clicking on the next button to take the trip around.

Hearts are such a wonderfully uplifting symbol.  For me, they are about love, kindness and friendship.  The card I’ve made to share today is about all of these things.  It uses the ‘sending hugs’ heart from the Share Sunshine PDF.  This exclusive digital stamp set is available until 2nd June 2020. Click here to purchase and contribute to the COVID-19 fundraiser.  So far, Stampin’ Up! have raised almost $200,000 (US).  Click here for instructions to make some cards using DSP & the Share Sunshine images.

The colours and styling for this card started with wanting the heart to be printed on Crumb Cake cardstock.  So far, all the cards I’ve made and many of the ones I’ve seen other share have printed the sentiments on Whisper White cardstock.  I wanted to try it out on Crumb Cake – and I love it!!!  The sentiment is cut using the solid heart from the Heart Punch Pack.

Sending Hugs | kelly kent

One of my favourite combinations for Crumb Cake is Mint Macaron and Whisper White.  I had the Forever Fern bundle delivered this week and I couldn’t wait to use the gorgeous leaves from the Forever Flourishing Dies.  These dies were available as an early release to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  They can be purchased by customers from Wednesday (3rd June).

Sending Hugs | kelly kent

I’ve added in some Vellum leaves because I love how this softly fills out a leafy flourish.  There’s also Nature’s Twine and Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon behind the heart for some lovely texture.

Here’s my little cheat trick for getting the twine on each side without looping across the back.  This saves a lot of ribbon for big shapes!  Add some Tear & Tape (or other double sided adhesive) to the back of the shape.  Make a circle with the twine or ribbon and then fold it back on itself From the front, it will look like it loops across and back, but you’ll save yourself a heap of ribbon or twine (especially for large shapes).

Cheat tip - twine loop | kelly kent

You can add more ribbon behind the twine loops for extra texture, like I’ve done in my card using the Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon.

Sending Hugs | kelly kent

While I was taking photos of my cards today (because last minute is how I roll!), these little guys appeared on the fence.  Native to Australia, Kookaburras have the most amazing ‘laugh’.  We often hear them in the trees but we don’t see them as much.

Kookaburras | kelly kent

One more share, since hearts are all about love – here’s an anniversary card I made for the Social Stamping May Kits.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

It uses ink blending on the back panel and then hearts from the Detailed Hearts Die.  I was happy to see this appear in the new catalogue – it’s a gorgeous array of hearts that looks beautiful on every card!  To see more about my May Social Stamping Kits, click here.


Next blog to visit for the heart themed Social Stamping is my very wonderful friend Narelle Simm.

Thank you for joining us!  Have a great (crafty) weekend!  It’s wet and cold here – perfect weather for cups of tea and lots of card making!