Paper Adventures Team Hop | Last Minute

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I am normally very good at meeting deadlines – in fact I find them incredible motivating to actually get things done.  But, as a testament to how crazy my week has been, this is my second blog post in a row that has gotten away from me!

As they say though, better late than never, and there’s no way I could miss the final blog hop of 2019 with my team.

For pure irony or absolute genius, the theme is ‘last minute’ – sharing with you projects you can make this weekend in the mad dash of any last minute Christmas gifts you need.  Make sure to hop around until you get back to me to see all the wonderful inspiration the team has shared tonight.


I always make calendar gifts at this time of the year.  It’s a lovely present to share with friends that will make them think of you all year long.  This year the calendars were extra special as they were gifts for 4 of my besties with a personal twist added in.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The design for this style of easel came via Karen Henderson, who was inspired by Ronda Wade.  I can’t find Ronda’s original post so I can’t link it here, but if someone knows, please let me know!  Click here to see Karen’s project.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The DSP for these is an oh-so-pretty set of designs coming up in the 2020 Jan-June catalogue called Best Dressed DSP.  You can get it as part of my paper share (see tomorrow’s post for pre-sale information) as well as 6 other design packs and bonus Sale-A-Bration DSP.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

To make your own easel calendars, you need a normal card base (half an A4 sheet = 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″).

On the card “front”, cut from the fold line down to the bottom at 1-7/8″ from each edge.  This leaves a middle panel that’s approx 3″ wide.  Score this at the half way point on just just panel (2-1/16″).

Cut a piece that will cover the visible gap of the card base (at least 3-1/4″ wide x 3-7/8″).  I’ve embossed this the upcoming Coastal Weave embossing folder, but you could stamp, use DSP or leave plain.  Adhere this in place then adhere the side panels to the card base.

Add DSP to the edge panels (1-3/16″ x 3-7/8″) and the bottom half of the flap (2-3/4″ x 1-13/16″).

Finish by adding a calendar to the card base (I used dimensionals so the easel flap would sit nicely under the raised platform) and add a sentiment.  I’ve used ‘another sensational year of you’ which I thought was perfect for my personal twist.  It comes from the soon to be released Sale-A-Bration (read: free with purchase) set called Sending You Thoughts.

If you don’t have any mini calendars in your stash, you can print & cut down a mini calendar from the internet.   I like this one – click here to view.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I also made matching envelopes using the left over DSP from the 6×6″ sheet I had.  I wanted to make these extra special for my fabulous friends.  And the personal twist?  Each calendar has handwritten ideas for self care throughout the year.  In lieu of gifts this year, one of my friends suggested we share recommendations – a restaurant, book, activity, holiday location…. any place, idea or thought that would be meaningful for the other friend.  It was such a great idea!!!  I wanted to remind my friends how fabulous they are and give them a little nudge to take care of themselves over the year.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I’d also like to remind you, my wonderful blog followers, to take care of yourselves.  Treat you to some craft time, a binge on a favourite TV series, time to read a good book, an extra serving of your favourite dessert or a to buy that crafty item you’ve had on your wishlist for a long time!

For ideas more gift ideas that might help you out this weekend, please hop on to my friend Lisa Whitehead with a very cute box for any last minute gifts you may be creating!

Happy stamping!

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Stamp Review Crew | Painted Harvest

Hello & happy Monday!  Thanks for joining us for the Stamp Review Crew blog hop.

Myself and a group of my wonderful Stampin’ Up! friends from around the world share with you a project or two inspired by a stamp set from the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

Today we’re highlighting the Painted Harvest stamp set.

I’m excited to share with you that this stamp set and coordinating Leaf Punch will carryover to the Occasions catalogue and continue to be available until at least the end of May 2018.

However, discount available at present when you buy these items in a bundle (stamp set & punch together = $58.50) will not continue into the new catalogue. So, if this stamp set is on your wishlist, you’ll want to purchase it before 2nd January 2018 to get the best deal!


For my project today, I’ve made a sweet little gift set with a calendar and note-writing paper.

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

This style of easel card are often made with post it notes in the pocket, but I wanted this one to be extra special so I stamped each of the notecard pages with the Painted Harvest stamps.

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

A stamp positioning tool makes job like this so much easier – I can’t wait til we all get our hands on the Stamparatus!  See here for all the details.  The next reservation window opens on the 6th Dec.

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

We’re going to see a rainbow of Painted Harvest flowers during this blog hop – because the only limitation on colour combinations is your imagination!

I’ve stamped mine in Blushing Bride, Powder Pink and Smoky Slate.

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

A cute gift like this deserves amazing packaging, so I’ve decorated a Clear Acetate Box. These are the perfect size for Australian sized cards – thanks SU! for considering the needs of the international market!

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

It’s great to be able to continue the theme of the gift through to the packaging with the same colours & design features.

I always love a stamp set and punch bundle and this one is no exception!  The leaf punch is a great embellishment for so many projects.

Of course, I love leaves in vellum!

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

The ‘for you’ comes from one of the sentiments.  I just masked out the other words that I didn’t need.

From this…

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

To this…

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

I love pretty gifts!  Everyone should be able to own a little piece of handmade prettiness!

UPDATE – 2nd December 2017 – you asked for a tutorial/instructions.  Click on the link to visit the measurements and a quick photo tutorial on how I put it together.

To see more gorgeous creations, please keep hopping!

Next up is the beautiful Heidi Baks

Thanks for joining us!

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OnStage 2017 – Team Presents

We’re on the other side of the OnStage event, and I’m still buzzing.  It was such an amazing day for me.

I’ll share more tomorrow once the blackout is over!

Today I’m sharing the gifts I made for my team to celebrate a fabulous day out!

For each member of my team who attended yesterday, I made them a decorated frame with magnetic sheeting where the photo normally goes.

They can use it however works best for their business, but the use I had in mind was as a place to keep their framelits while they are using them &/or until they get around to putting them away.  No more lost little framelits!

Do you love the dragonfly embellishment???  It’s another shrink film creation!!!

Simply cut the dragonflies from white shrink film, place on a baking tray between 2 sheets of vellum and pop in the oven for 2-3 mins at 150 degrees Celsius.

The colours matched my swaps for the day – it was a celebration of some of my favourites: Bermuda Bay & Sweet Sugarplum!


No gift is ever complete without a beautiful card to go with it!

Of course, I made myself a frame too – and I’m loving having a place to pop my dies while I’m in a flurry of creativity!!!


Would you like a personalised frame?  Join my Paper Adventures team and I’ll deliver or send one to you.

Now is such a fabulous time to join Stampin’ Up! because tomorrow, the new catalogue will be available for demonstrators to view!

You’ll get to pre-order amazing products in May and everything you buy during your time as a demonstrator will be at an amazing 20% discount!!!

As usual, joining Stampin’ Up! comes with no pressure… but join in April and you’ll have until September 2017 to get to the first minimum sales amount (approx $453 retail, less with your discount!).

If this sounds like something you’d love, then I’d love to have you on my Paper Adventures team!  You can join the fun here by purchasing your fully customisable Starter Kit for $169.


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OnStage 2017 – Affirmation Swaps!

Hello!  As this post goes live, I’ll be starting my day at the Perth OnStage event.

The excitement will be buzzing around the room as approx 175 Stampin’ Up! demos share their love of paper, stamps and ink with each other!

Part of this wonderful day is swapping creativity with each other.  It’s optional to join in with swaps but fun to do so!

“Swaps” can be cards or 3D items.  The only requirement is that they use current Stampin’ Up! products.

I’ve been a touch cheeky on the ‘current’ and included the retired Bermuda Bay glimmer paper from Sale-A-Bration… but it went with my colour theme!

And since we only find out today what’s retiring from the Annual & Occasions catalogue, there’s a chance there’ll be a few more retiring products on my design list.

But that’s ok – because what I wanted to share with my fellow demos was not how to use the products I’ve chosen, but the idea.

These super cute little affirmation bottles came about after a late night Facebook conversation with one of my Stampin’ Up! team.

Kristen is a doTERRA rep who joined Stampin’ Up! to purchase materials for thank you cards, packaging and to celebrate her team.  While chatting about the products we have in the range, the concept of affirmations came up – and from there, affirmations in a bottle!

The wonderful part of this idea is there are so many stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! range that have positive & uplifting sayings in them that could be used as affirmations.

Or, you can do as I have and use word & phrase builder sets to create your own affirmations.

The ‘you are’, ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ stamps are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set which is currently in the Annual Catalogue.

The ‘awesome’ and ‘great’ stamps are from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set – also in the Annual Catty.

The affirmations are stamped on plain copy paper – this was the easiest to roll up tight to fit in the bottle.  Our beautiful cardstock is too thick!


Of course, the little bottles are so cute when decorated with our pretty Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

I chose butterflies, glimmer, sequins & ribbons.

I used all the current sequin colours – gold, silver, Blushing Bride & Bermuda Bay, together with 1/8″ gold & silver ribbon and the Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon.

And used 4 coordinating glimmer colours – gold, Bermuda Bay (SAB offering), Silver & Blushing Bride.

Each embellishment segment is hot glued together and then hot glued to the glass bottle.


Here’s a close up of each colour combination…

Gold  & Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride & Gold

Silver & Bermuda Bay

Bermuda Bay & Silver

I packaged the swaps into the 2″ x 8″ cello bags (trimmed down before packing) and topped with a Decorative Label topper.

I made quite a few affirmations because I really wanted to spread the love!  I hope the other demos enjoy reading their message.

I know I’m going to get some amazing swaps back – I’ll share some with you this month.


I’m sure the mini bottles are available from a range of places.  I got mine on eBay – 5mL size.

Please use this idea for your own direct sales business as team gifts, or for your customers – or make some up to give to your friends, or as Random Acts of Kindness.

It’s a beautiful way to brighten someone’s day!


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Gift Vouchers Available!

I have a new gift voucher design – and it’s super cute!  This is not a joke!

It’s also a public service announcement – don’t be fooled this April Fool’s Day!


I’ve been offering gift vouchers for a long time now and when I got asked for one last week as a work leaving present, I thought it was a great time to update my design.

This is my beautiful new one..

Gift vouchers can be made up to any value and used on any current products.

It even comes with a card made by me!

All the work is done for you.  It can be sent it direct to your recipient if you need a one-stop gift.

Be sure to tell your family & friends!  Or buy a voucher for your stamping bestie!

Psssst….a Stampin’ Up! gift voucher is the perfect non-chocolate option for Easter this year!!!

{Or any occasion!}

Vouchers can be ordered by email.  I will call you to discuss the details if needed.


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Stamp Review Crew – Oh So Succulent

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop, where international demonstrators on the crew get together to showcase a chosen stamp set.

Today, we are celebrating the Oh So Succulent stamp set and coordinating Succulent Framelits.

Who knew there were so many ideas you could use for succulents???

They are super popular right now and I am in awe of some of the incredibly life-like creations I’ve been seeing from Stampin’ Up! demonstrators!

Did you love what Charlet created using the succulents???  Don’t forget that this post forms part of a ‘hop’ which means if you click on the next button below, you can visit a number of different blogs – all featuring projects with the same stamp set.  Great for inspiration!


My share for today is a project set using the stamp set for the card and the framelits to create a little potted succulent.

The card was fun to make using the sweet little succulent flowers.

I inked up the outline stamp in my chosen colour and stamped.  I then inked up the solid stamp in the same colour, but stamped off onto my scrap to get a lighter tone.

I find this order the easiest way to line it all up – but experiment to find the strategy that works best for you.

For the embossed heart strip, I created a slight variation in colour by inking up my embossing folder with Sahara Sand ink before putting my cardstock in and running it through the Big Shot.

This means the hearts stayed lighter and the background had a slighter darker tone.


I’m often on the lookout for cute little gifts to give to friends on their birthday.  I {LOVE} gift giving!

These little succulent pots are just perfect!

Start by cutting 2 of each size of the succulent flowers.  I used Mint Macaron cardstock and was able to get all the flowers I needed from 1/2 an A4 sheet of cardstock.

Sponge each flower with Tip Top Taupe or Crumb Cake ink to add a more natural look, then sponge the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink.

Glue the flowers one on top of each other – start with the largest size & work your way down to the smallest.  Offset the flowers to create a full succulent look.

Once your flower is constructed, it’s time to ‘plant’ it.

In Australia, you can get the pots from the craft section of Kmart.

I hot glued a polystyrene ball into the bottom (50mm – available from Spotlight).  This provides a great base for you to glue your succulent onto.

Fill the gap between the ball & the succulent with little pebbles.  I found the perfect size pebbles at Bunnings.

I finished decorating the pot with some burlap ribbon & a Sweet Sugarplum bow.

These are easy to create – just a little inky with all that sponging!

Shampoo & dishwashing liquid both work well for inky fingers!!!


For the next lot of succulent inspiration, you are heading to the east coast of Australia to see what Bruno has come up with.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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ESAD Blog Hop – 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites

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Good afternoon!!  Thanks for joining me for the ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourite Products Blog Hop.

There’s just over a month left to shop this beautiful catalogue, so today the demonstrators from the ESAD Facebook group are going to remind you what you’ve forgotten from your wishlist!

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I’m a little late to the Paisleys & Posies party (better than never hey!), but it arrived last week and I can see why everyone has fallen in love!

The stamps and dies are beautiful!!

They are sweet & floral, with a great variety of shapes.


Since the 2016 Holiday Catalogue has lots of Christmas inspiration – and we’re at that time of the year, for my blog hop project, I’ve used the Paisleys dies and Paisley & Posies stamps to create a Christmas tree!

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I even decorated the inside using one of the cute sentiments from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set and matched it with the Christmas sentiment from the My Hero set.

How well do those 2 sayings pair together???

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


While I was playing with my new favourite bundle, I thought a little treat box would look perfect along side this card!

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (you can find them in the Annual Catalogue) are perfect for Christmas gift packaging.  I’ll be making a few of these this season!

And the dies from the Paisleys set make it super quick & cute to dress it up.

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Did you spy some of my other Holiday Catalogue favourites in my projects?

I {LOVE} the gold twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack.  I’m super hopeful that this will make it to the 2017 Annual Catalogue as a stand alone item.  Pretty please Stampin’ Up???

You will also have spotted the Warmth & Cheer DSP and washi tape.  The colours are great for a traditional Christmas theme.

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Please hop on and check out the other great designs from Australian & New Zealand demonstrators.

Next stop after me is the amazing Chloe Evans – you’ll love her holiday inspiration!

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If there’s a broken link anywhere in the hop, you can find the list of participants at the bottom to get you back hopping.

Thanks for your support of our craft – it’s so lovely to be part of lovely community!

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BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:
1. Lou Kitzelman
2. Kelly Kent – you are here!
3. Chloe Evans
4. Jackie Noble
5. Josie Dean
6. Libby Dyson
7. Rebekah Crisp
8. Rebecca Jacovou
9. Andrea Buckland
10. Leonie Schroder
11. Delys Cram
12. Rose Desmond
13. Cathy Pinchbeck
14. Peta Stephen
15. Monique Fielder
16. Narelle Fasulo
17. Nerida Carter
18. Courtenay Heuston
19. Megan Lenske
20. Carly Middleton
21. Nicole Wilson
22. Renee Lynch
23. Nicole Osborne Ashton
24. Amity Knight
25. Rachael Lewsley
26. Cheryl O’Bree
27. Tanya DeRoy


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I Love Giving Gifts – Fridge Pegs

Just a quick one today – sharing with you a quick & inexpensive little gift.  Simply decorate some wooden pegs with cute sayings & attach a magnet to the back and you have a set of ‘fridge pegs’ to hold photos, notes, bills, pictures … whatever goes on the fridge!  I love giving gifts!  Kelly x

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