Paper Adventures Winter Retreat

Winter has hit with a vengence in south west WA – it’s wet, it’s cold and it’s windy!!!

There have been a few glimpses of sunshine before the regular winter programming returns.

Luckily, for us, stamping is an indoor sport – perfect for all weather.  Too hot – craft in the air-con, too cold – craft with the heater on!!!

Last year we started an annual Paper Adventures Retreat Day, hosted by one of our teamies who has a gorgeous residence in the Perth Hills.  2017 saw us travel up for a beautiful spring day.

2018’s planning involved a wet weather winter trek!!!  We arrived safely and had a wonderful day of crafting – and even managed to sneak some sunshine for a team photo.

Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2018 | kelly kent

Retreat days are all about the crafting and eating!!!

The eating was a shared morning tea. lunch & afternoon tea with everyone contributing something delicious for the day.  Our hostess kept us well hydrated with copious cups of tea and fabulous coffee.

The crafting was make & take style with each of us bringing a project in a box.  You make the sample, cut up the kits and put all the materials in a box.  The boxes are passed around and each crafter makes & takes home one of each design.  It needed to be easy enough to make with minimal instruction within a 30 minute time frame.

I wanted to share the new embossing mat with the team, so this was my card for them to make…

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

The butterfly is from the new Sprintime Impressions Thinlits but instead of cutting it, we layered it with the Embossing Mat to leave the outline on the cardstock.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Other supplies in this card are Nature’s Poem DSP, Stitched Label & Stitched Shapes Framelits and Hanging Garden stamp set.

Because each person created with a different box and created a different card in each time slot, I offered an alternative layout using the same pieces –

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

This is always a fun way to create a ‘different’ card but not having to completely design.  Design & colour choices are always the most complex part of creating cards.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Thanks to our Paper Adventures team for being wonderful – they really are the loveliest people I know!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | BLACK

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Happy Friday 13th!

In fitting with “black Friday”, our theme for tonight’s Paper Adventures team hop is “BLACK”.

We are welcoming Sue Plote from the US as our guest designer this week.  Sue is fabulous and we’re delighted to have her hopping with us.

There’s a full list of participants at the bottom of this post – just in case of broken links.

You are currently with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Last month, I had the privilege of hosting a retreat day for demonstrators local to my area.  You can read more about it here.

One of the cards I made on the day was designed by Claire Oliffe using the Black Ice technique.  I hadn’t tried this before – and totally loved it!!!

Claire provided us with instructions based on Melissa Kerman’s you tube tutorial.  See it here.

I used the Hanging Garden stamp set for my two Black Ice cards.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This is yet another technique that looks complicated but is so easy when you have the tools & instructions!

For my first card, I used one of the hanging baskets.  I made the Black Ice segment on Silver Foil first and then cut it out using a circle framelit.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

The hardest thing about these cards was getting photos that show how fun they look once finished!

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

You’ll need:

  • Foil in a colour of your choice
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • Stamp set
  • Heat tool
  • Versamark
  • Clear embossing powder.

StazOn ink was retired from our range, but I’m excited to be able to share that we’ll be seeing it back again from 1st June 2018.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

In (very) simple terms, to get the black ice effect, the steps are:

  • Drag the StazOn pad down the foil (and back up again) to create some distressing
  • Stamp your images on the foil in StazOn
  • Dry with your heat tool on setting 1 (or wait for it to dry)
  • Drag the Versamark pad down the foil, cover with clear embossing powder and melt with your heat tool on setting 2

Easy – right???


I loved the first card so much I made another one using a larger panel for the Black Ice technique with all the hanging baskets.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This card used Champagne Foil – you can use any colour foil.  It’s the slippery surface which allows for the distressing that gives you the effect.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

I really love the darker edges you get when using a whole piece of foil (I cut the edges off for the first card).

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This is a technique you’re going to want to try!!!

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like a guided tutorial, we can arrange a technique workshop just for you!


Next up on the Paper Adventures team hop is our guest designer – Sue Plote

Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Sue Plote (guest designer)

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