Twas the Week Before Christmas | Team Gifts

Hello! It’s been a very quiet blogging month for me. Behind the scenes I’ve been spending almost every night crafting up a storm, which has left very little time to share those projects with you. Blogging is a delicate balance – too much time spent photographing, editing, watermarking, uploading and writing posts means too little time spent making!!!

The balance is important here at Papercraft HQ. My time is always a juggle between mummy duties, paid work (I’m a paediatric Speech Pathologist) and having a social life of my own! I don’t think I always got it right in 2020, but on reflection, its been a year full of lots of amazing, so I can’t complain!

To catch up on what I’ve been up to, I’m aiming to share a project a day with you for the rest of 2020. The week it’s all about Christmas. If you’re a deadline crafter like me, then you may still have some cards to make in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re all done and dusted on Christmas crafting for 2020, then make sure to save your favourites to Pinterest for next year’s creative endeavours!

Today’s project to share is my team gifts for 2020. This year our team celebrated twice – a lunch in Mandurah (the half way point between our Perth & Bunbury teamies) and a lunch and team class in Bunbury.

The concept for the jars started as a ‘motivation pot’. I wanted the team to have something on their desk that they could dip into when they were feeling a little low on crafty mojo. What better way to inspire creativity than a little sugar?

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

I also stamped and added some positive sayings from a beautiful Uniquely Creative set I was gifted by a friend. If sugar doesn’t do the trick, then hopefully some words of affirmation help to get those creative juices flowing again!

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

The jars for the project were from Kmart. The rainbow was the inspiration for the accompanying tag – and has become my motif for this Christmas. It was drawn freehand with the brush end of Stampin’ Blends, which means I can create it in any colour and match it to the project or wrapping. The stamps are from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set (a little christmas wish), Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (heart) and my name is from a personalised stamp I own. I’ve been using Night of Navy and other dark inks lots this festive season an an alternative to black. They stamp so nice and bold!

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

The saying on the top resonated with me and I hope with the team too. I’m a big believer in the philosophy of our actions and reactions being a choice. I choose kind as my action and positive as my reaction and outlook. I’m looking forward to reading a book recommended by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass called Adversity is the Way by Ryan Holiday (some good “holiday” reading – pun intended!!!).

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

Lucky for me our team is wonderful and so supportive of each other in both our creative endeavours and everyday life.

There’s always room for more on our Paper Adventures team, so if you love stamping, we’d love to have you join us and craft the live you love. Click here to purchase your Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit and join us!

Have a great week! Christmas countdown is on!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Gnome for the Holidays

Hello! This is my last Stamp Review Crew hop for 2020. There’s another hop in a couple of weeks, but it’s not a stamp set I added to my collection in time.

Today we’re sharing projects made using the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set – found in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue. You can see the main blog post for this hop by clicking here.

This stamp set was love at first sight when I saw it in the catalogue! It’s been fun to add those sweet little gnomes to holiday cards. The sentiments from this set work well with other stamp sets too, making it a versatile option for all your Christmas crafting needs.

My card today is a Vellum Panel card. You can see Jennifer McGuire’s tutorial video here. I love vellum and use it often to soften up a busy DSP, but I’ve never used it as the card base!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

Vellum on its own isn’t strong enough as a card base, so this design uses Heartwarming Hugs DSP on the back layer and part of a piece of cardstock on the front, so a cute peek-a-boo effect.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The Gnome for the Holidays stamp set is great for creating a scene. I stamped the treehouse and then cut it out using a die from the Hippo & Friends Dies. The gnomes were stamped on Whisper White and fussy cut. All of the pretty pictures were brought to life with Stampin’ Blends. How vibrant are those colours!!!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The embossing for this card is Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder cut at an angle.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

Is this a card style that you’ve tried? Feel like it might work for some of your festive crafting?

This stamp set has so much to offer and so many different styles you can use. One of my favourite cards this year was made using this set –

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent
Originally shared for Just Add Ink #530

There’s plenty more inspiration on this hop. Next up is Mike Funke in the US with a great gnomey project….

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #530 | Stamps, Paper, Ink

Hello! Thanks for joining me for Just Add Ink this week. It’s a fabulous theme – back to the roots of what we do and love…. stamps, paper & ink!

That’s right – just those things. No punches, no dies, no fancy embellishments – just the basics for papercraft!

The design for my card, using the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set takes inspiration from the stamp set sleeve! I lined up the gnomes on top of the printed cover in the same pattern and then attached them to my block so that when I stamped them on the card front, they were in exactly the same position as they appear on the stamp set case. Did you know that unless stated, all Stampin’ Up! artwork images are shown at 100% in the catalogue and on the stamp set cover. It makes it so much easier to visualise how they will look and stamp on your card.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

In keeping with only using ink, stamps and paper for my card, I’ve coloured the images with a Blender Pen and ink directly from the stamp pad. The colour scheme for the gnomes was inspired by a gorgeous card i saw by Laura Mackie. You can see her gnomes by clicking here. The colours are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and a touch of Granny Apple Green and Crushed Curry.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The final addition to the card was a solid black line drawn with a fine tip sharpie pen and ruler and a Christmas sentiment underneath. Remember how much I love fonts – I love this font!!!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see the variety of ways you all interpret this challenge. Try to keep it as simple as possible. We want to see the stamps, paper and ink shine! Add your card to the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog. Click here to visit. You’ll also find all the other design team cards with more ideas on how to create a card just using the basics.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | sketch

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Hi!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop where our Paper Adventures team get together on a Friday night once a month and create projects with a shared theme.  Today it’s a fabulous sketch and we’re lucky to be joined by Gail Ellis from Blue Rose Paper Treasures as our guest designer.

This fun sketch was designed by Narelle. I’m so excited to see what the team does with it.  I’m either incredibly literal with sketches (for this one think holly, circle and rectangle) or I run away on a complete tangent!

Today’s creation is a little liberal with the circle turning into a square and the holly becoming a gnome.

No Peeking | kelly kent

I had an idea when I saw this sketch where the gnome was peeking out from behind a present with a tag saying “no peeking”.

No Peeking | kelly kent

How cute is the ruffles of the bow from the Gift Wrapped stamp set?  I’ve paired it with Heartwarming Hugs DSP.

The tag is from the Little Treat Box Dies – such a cute little size with gorgeous stitched detail.  And you’ll recognise the gnome peeking out from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set.  I had to hunt a little for the sentiment – I knew I had a ‘no peeking’ somewhere and found it in the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.

No Peeking | kelly kent

There’s lots more of the team to share their creations if you keep clicking on the ‘next’ links to each blog until you get back to where you started.  The full list of participants is below.

From here, you are visiting our amazingly talented guest designer Gail Ellis.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend filled with all the things that make you happy!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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