Just Add Ink #353 Critters

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Thanks to the fantastic suggestion by Karren, this week at Just Add Ink, we’re all making or stamping critters.

This has created a bit of discussion on the JAI design team page as we chatted about what defines a critter???

It seems that any living creature or animal-like character fits the bill.

I wonder if my Gruffalo card would pass the critter test? (PS, I am never making that card again!)


My critter thoughts took me to a special birthday card I wanted to make for a very special person!

Carolyn Bennie, who is just as delightful in person as she is over a computer screen – had a birthday this month.  And one of my all-time favourite designs of hers was this cute swinging koala.

Now, it’s hard to compete with that level of amazingness – but I do know that she appreciates and loves a good pun.

As do I!

So, I sent “koalaty’ birthday wishes over to South Australia.

Just Add Ink #353 - Critters. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This is my third version of a punch art koala (see the other two here and here).

I decided that this one would be made using the Blossom Builder punch (and the 1/2″ &  1-1/2″ circle punches).

Just Add Ink #353 - Critters: Koala punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To make your own Blossom Koala:

Ears: 1/2″ circle with flower in the middle

Head: 1-1/2″ circle

Eyes: Owl Builder Punhc

Nose: leaf

Mouth: hand drawn

Body: 1-1/2″ circle

Tummy: large petal

Arms: leaf

Legs: leaf with end snipped off


This might be the best koalaty (quality) one yet!

Thanks for letting me share it with you!

You can find all the design team projects by visiting the Just Add Ink blog!

You’ll also be able to upload your critter inspired projects & join the challenge.

I’m looking forward to seeing lots of cuteness!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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Get Your Glimmer before it’s G-O-N-E!!!

There’s a wee bit of panic in the US at the moment because their stocks of the beautiful 6×6″ glimmer paper in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue have run out!

This is one of my all-time favourite SAB gifts!!!

We still have some in the Australian warehouse, but I can’t guarantee how long it will last!

If *have* to have some, then you’ll need to place an order ASAP!  It’s free with every $90 spent.

I’m doing an order tomorrow evening – let me know if you’d like to add anything.

Or, if you want to get in today (just to be sure), then shop online.  Use the host code: BCXWWYKA to qualify for another free gift from me!


This glittery cardstock really is stunning!

It comes in Bermuda Bay…

Sweet Sugarplum…

And Mint Macaron….

Three colours I find it hard to resist!

If you’re going to be sad to miss out on this Sale-A-Bration item – or any other – then don’t leave your order til the last week of March!

They are only available while stocks last or until 31st March 2017 – whichever comes first!!!


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CASEing the Catty #118 Cool Treats

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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.

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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.

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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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ESAD Blog Hop – SAB 2017 Last Chance

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It’s another full week of blog hops & design team projects – woo hoo!

I’m excited to start with the ESAD Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2017 Blog Hop.

ESAD Information

Prepared to be amazed as the demonstrators on this hop show you great ideas on how to get the most out of your Sale-A-Bration products.

Or, tempted to buy a bit more of your wishlist, just so you can earn another choice!

There’s 13 available – 10 in the first release and 3 in the second release.


I love so many of the products, but I’ve definitely been dazzled by the 6×6″ assorted glimmer paper.

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How could I not? It’s in my favourite colours!!!

Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron & Sweet Sugarplum!

You get 4 sheets of each colour- and although glimmer is traditionally used sparingly, when it’s this good, you’ve got to splash it about!

So I’ve used it to create 3 repetitive shape patterns.

ESAD Last Chance SAB 2017 Blog Hop. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Succulent flowers for the Mint Macaron

ESAD Last Chance SAB 2017 Blog Hop. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bright & bold circles for the Bermuda Bay

ESAD Last Chance SAB 2017 Blog Hop. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And pretty hearts for the Sweet Sugarplum.

ESAD Last Chance SAB 2017 Blog Hop. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve used the glimmer colours to stamp matching sentiments for each card and some ribbon to finish it off!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if these colours appeared in the next Stampin’ Up! catalogue?

A girl can always hope!


The next stop on this inspiring hop is Courtenay Heuston.  You’re going to love what she’s created!

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Thanks for joining us.  If you have time to leave a comment, please do!  Some of the participants on this hop are seasoned hoppers.  But for some, this is the first time they’ve participated in a blog hop, or the ESAD blog hops are their big moment!  Give them some love to let you know that you’ve appreciated their projects!

If there are any broken links, check on the list below to continue your journey.

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Blog Hop Participants

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Tanya DeRoy
  4. Leonie Schroder
  5. Nerida Carter
  6. Bec Ross
  7. Andrea Buckland
  8. Nicole Wilson
  9. Kim Oliver
  10. Kelly Kent YOU ARE HERE!
  11. Courtenay Heuston
  12. Rachael Lewsley
  13. Violette De La Croix
  14. Monique Fielder
  15. Libby Dyson
  16. Narelle Fasulo
  17. Cheryl Algie
  18. Maree McIntosh
  19. Barbara Williams


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All That Sparkles… Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release 2017

Sale-A-Bration 2017 - 2nd Release. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m super excited to share the new choices of Sale-A-Bration reward, available from now until 31st March 2017 (or stocks last) when you spend $90 on your favourite Stampin’ Up! products.

My instant favourite is the glimmer paper!  All that sparkles…

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The colours are Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron & Sweet Sugarplum – my faves!

Here’s a cute card I made for a sweet 16!

Sale-A-Bration 2017 Glimmer - Sweet 16. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


There’s also two new stamps sets…

Reverse Words

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Make A Medallion

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Tempted by the new Sale-A-Bration items?

There’s about 5 weeks left to order and choose your rewards.

Visit my online store to shop 24-7, or email me direct with your order.  If you’re local & would like to add anything to the order I’m placing tonight (I *NEED* more of the beautiful glimmer!!), let me know by 8pm.

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Stamp Review Crew – Christmas Pines

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!  How’s your list going?

Are you super organised and have all of your cards made, addressed & sent???

I am {NOT} that person – I’ll still be making cards right up to the last minute!!!

I’m sure a list would help, but there’s always someone I seem to forget.

I love giving gifts – it’s a great time to express to those around you how much you care, how much they mean to you or that you appreciate their contribution to your life.

We leave presents out for the postie & rubbish collectors, I give treats to my hairdresser & beautician and then there’s family, friends, teachers….

It’s the most wonderful time of year!!!  But a busy one!


I’m excited about today’s Stamp Review Crew hop – I can’t wait to see what the crew has designed using the Christmas Pines stamp set.

It comes with coordinating thinlits – so there’s everything to love about this festive set!


Now, I don’t actually own this bundle, but I have a lovely customer who extends me the most wonderful privilege of using her products before I deliver them if there’s something she’s ordered that I want to try.  I really do have the best customers!

After using the Christmas Pines stamp set and Pretty Pines Thinlits (**buy as a bundle to save 10%**), I’m sad that they aren’t staying on my craft table!

What a beautiful set!!!  I particularly love the sentiments – and the ‘may your Christmas sparkle with joy & happiness’ saying was the inspiration point for my cards for this hop.

I’m still on my non-traditional colour love fest, so today it’s Sweet Sugarplum again!

I used the little heart detail stamps to create borders for each card and the sparkle background stamp for my present.  Add some glimmer for a bit more sparkle!!

And then of course that delightful sentiment – heat embossed in gold or silver!

Stamp Review Crew - Christmas Pines. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Do you prefer SSP & gold?

Stamp Review Crew - Christmas Pines. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Or SPP & silver?

Stamp Review Crew - Christmas Pines. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s a tough call!  I just love both of these cards.

If I was getting a gorgeous handmade card for Christmas – either of these would just delight me to no end!!!

Do you think I can send myself a Christmas card?  Perhaps with a Stampin’ Up! gift voucher inside??


Next stop for more great Christmas inspiration is one of our newest crew members – Charlet Mallett.  I can’t wait to see what she’s created!

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If you get lost anywhere along the hop, click here to go back to the main SRC post.

Good luck with your Christmas card making.

May all the special people in your life get the good DSP & straight cards!!!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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