Just Add Ink #350 Sketch

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It’s sketch time at Just Add Ink – one of my favourite types of challenges!

Just Add Ink #350

This sketch by Chantell is perfect for so many different card types – make sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog to see the wonderful creations from the design team.

When I was on camp – and making a few of my upcoming DT cards – I took the opportunity to have a play with some retired favourites.

It all started when I spied another of Caroline’s sets – this beautiful shoe from the “Fabulous You” stamp set from the 2013 era.

I wasn’t a set that I bought, but oh my – how lovely it is!

Just Add Ink #350 - Sketch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Although I try to blog using current products, I know you won’t mind if I occasionally stray and create something ‘fabulous’!


Just Add Ink #350 - Sketch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m sure you all have favourite stamps, inks & papers that you’ve kept (hoarded)!

I know a couple of stampers that are guarding this Petals & Paisleys DSP from the Holiday Catalogue!

Please join us on the Just Add Ink blog to see what the design team made of this sketch, and upload your own project!

I am looking forward to sending this card to someone fabulous!!!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

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CASEing the Catty #91


Oh my – this week has really gotten away from me.  I can’t believe that the last time I posted was for last Sunday’s CASEing the Catty blog hop!

I’m back on track this week, so look forward to hearing lots from me!!!

Today we are CASEing the Birthday section of the catalogue (pages 10-25).

Images © Stampin' Up!

It was my birthday CASE card in June that earned me my place on the design team!!!

Today I wanted to use the catalogue to inspire the layout of my card.

CASEing the Catty #91 - Catalogue inspired sketch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

And then I used that sketch to make some more baby cards! They are all of sudden in short supply at my house!

Bonjour Beautiful…

CASEing the Catty #91 - Made with Love Bonjour Beautiful card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

And Hello Handsome (with the sketch in mirror image)…

CASEing the Catty #91 - Made with Love Hello Handsome card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

The sketch measurements (in inches) are:

  • Card base: half an A4 sheet (longways): 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″
  • Main panel: 3-1/8″ x 5-5/8″
  • Skinny panel: 3/4″ x 5-5/8″

The star in the sketch outline indicates that a shape should go there.  It could be a star.  Or a balloon (as in the SU! catalogue), or a baby onesie (like mine from the Made with Love stamp set!).

The sentiments on my cards are from the Happy Happenings stamp set – I just love the cool & quirky options.

CASEing the Catty #91 - Catalogue inspired sketch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Sketches are only the starting point for project inspiration.

So, if you’d like to rotate, flip or mirror the sketch (like I did for the baby boy card) – go ahead!

Want to add extra (like the ribbon at the bottom of my card) – go ahead!

You are only limited by your imagination {and the stamps in your stash!}.

I’d love for you to share a card you’ve made using this catalogue inspired sketch!

You may even like to enter your card into our monthly challenge…


Next up on the hop for more catalogue inspired inspiration is the always fabulous (and chief organiser – thanks Bec) Rebecca Scurr.


For those that enjoy hopping backwards, please visit the beautiful Rachel Palmieri.


Thank you for supporting the CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.  I hope you find lots of inspiration!!!

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Project Life – Buying the Cards to Make Cards

I tried really hard to give Project Life a go.  As it turns out, I’m really bad at anything that involves keeping records!  I’ve never been able to write a journal for more than 2 days, I buy beautiful diaries every year only to start strong in Jan and then fade out by March and my beautiful kids don’t have baby books.

But, I still buy Project Life cards – why???

Because they are wonderful for card making!  They add a whole extra element of pattern, colour or style to the materials I already have.  And I know the PL sets will match the cardstock and ink that’s already in my collection.

Whether you want to try Project Life for memory keeping or if you are looking at quick & easy ways to design cards, you should stop by the Global Design Project this week.  It’s all about Project Life and the inspiration is amazing!!!


Project versatility is one of the greatest things about Stampin’ Up!.  Each Project Life card collection comes with 100 cards across 3 sizes – which means you can switch up how you use them or use them in layers.  And even though the baby sets have a baby focus, not every card in the box is an obvious baby choice – so you can make all sorts of cards with your stash.

These are 3 cards I make using the Hello Baby Boy & Girl collections.  Two traditional baby & one ‘any occasion’ card…

GDP#035 - Project Life.  Hello Baby Boy card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

GDP#035 - Project Life.  Hello Baby Girl card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

GDP#035 - Project Life.  Hello Baby Girl card collection - "all occasion" card using Work of Art.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If you’re better at keeping memories in hard copy than me, then you should have a go at Project Life.

If you just like pretty things (like me) – then buy a set of cards and get crafting!!!  Kelly x

PS, I haven’t shown it here, but the 3″ x 4″ cards making amazing (quick & easy) gift tags.

Decorative Corner Fold Card


Today is Kristel’s birthday.  Happy birthday!!!

Kristel was the first member of my team and is a wonderful companion to share my journey with.

Since we’re bringing birthdays back, it seems fitting that the card should be fun, vibrant and a little fancy.

This wonderful Decorative Corner Fold card was designed by Debbie Henderson of Debbie’s Designs.  We made the Botanicals version during last month’s Tuesday class after Joy found it online and thought it looked pretty special.  She’s right – it’s fabulous!

The reasons for it’s fabulousness are simple – it’s easy to make but looks fancy and can be prettied up in any way you like.

For Kristel’s card, I’ve gone with Party My Way DSP, Balloon Celebration balloons and Endless Birthday Wishes sentiments.

I took lots of photos of this one to show off all the features.

The front view…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Side view, including a panel to write on….

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It folds flat for posting…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The awesome trick to attach the front panel & keep it 3D…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And one more view…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

You can follow Debbie’s measurements and directions exactly (instructions here, video here), or you can follow my slightly adapted measurements to fit with Australian cardstock.  You will get two Decorative Corner Cards from one piece of A4 cardstock.


  • Cut your cardstock in half (so you have 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″)
  • Score across the long edge at 2″, 4″, 6″ & 8″
  • Place a strip of Tape & Tear along the 1/4″ edge left by the scoring
  • Adhere this to make your ‘box’
  • To make the front panel, punch 2 x 1-1/4″ circles. Fold in half & with the folds meeting, place adhesive on the back & adhere to the card front.  Place adhesive on the front & add your decorative panel (the picture above or Debbie’s video will help if this doesn’t make sense!).

Enjoy decorating your card with whatever stamps & DSP fit your theme.  Thanks to Debbie for her generous sharing of her instructions & measurements.  Kelly x

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Stamp Review Crew – Balloon Celebration

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This week at Stamp Review Crew we are celebrating the beautiful “Balloon Celebration stamp set” from the Occasions catalogue.

Because this is a blog hop, there’s a round the world trip to see all the beautiful crafty creations.  You might have travelled via Nikki showing off her talents or be starting here.  Either way, you’re in for a treat.

If you get lost along the way, click on the banner above and it will take you to the main page where you can see the full list of participants.

Balloon Celebration is a great stamp set because it has a variety of sweet images – balloons, dandeloins, clouds, a wheel (?), stars, a bow and more if you’ve got a great imagination.

Which gives you so many options (as you’ll see on this hop!).  There’s also fabulous sentiments which means you can use it for practically any card.  Or combine it with other stamp set or product suite (it goes perfectly with the Have A Cuppa range) and the card options are endless!

Today I’ve decided to showcase the cloud stamp from the set – and include as much sparkle as I could!

The balloons are wonderful, but there’s just so much you can do with this set to stop at the balloons.

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The first card I’m sharing is my favourite – I can’t wait to send it off to a new little princess!

The balloons are double stamped to give them a deeper colour {because you can do that sooooo easily with photopolymer stamps!} and finished off with a generous splash of clear Wink of Stella.

The awesome sentiment stamps on this card are from the Happy Happenings stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.

As an aside, it’s getting to that time of the year when I’m nervous to see what will & won’t carry over in to the new catalogue.  Not too much longer to wait now!

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration Stamp Set. Bonjour Beautiful Welcome Baby Girl card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Once I was on a roll with the subtles colour scheme, this was the next card with sparkly clouds & pastel stripes.  I think it will make a perfect birthday card for one of Alexa’s little classmates.

The clouds are embossed with the simply stunning Iridescent Ice embossing powder – so much sparkle!  And how lovely is that Pool Party ribbon???

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration stamp set. Sparkly Clouds Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Of course, I couldn’t make a card without adding some of those signature balloons using the coordinating punch (because we all love sets with coordinating punches).

It ended up being a subtle feature, but I actually tried to add in some shading on the balloons by stamping over the original image twice – each time blotting off ink from the right side of the balloon (which ends up being the left side of the stamped image!).  This is a great technique to use with photopolymer stamps as you can see through them to get that second & third inking just right.

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration stamp set. Let Us Celebrate Balloon Bouquet. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


That’s it from me today.  Keep hopping so you can get the full inspiration intake from the crew.  Next up is Dawn, who despite a self-confessed lack of mojo is totally rocking this stamp set!  Gold embossing powder is always a winner!

If you have time to leave us a comment or two as you hop around, we sure love hearing from you!  Kelly x

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Wedding Wishes – Bloomin’ Heart Dress

This idea has been floating around for a while since chatting to a friend about the possibilities for the Bloomin’ Heart die but it’s taken a little while to make it to the top of the to-do list.

But here we are – on a Saturday that I hope is the perfect wedding day for many brides around the world.  As it gets colder here in WA we are nearing the end of our ‘wedding season’.  Though you never can quite tell what the weather will be like at any time of the year!

Mr P & I got married in February, which is notoriously hot in Australia.  Low & behold it was 40 degrees + all week (and we’d chosen black on black suits for the groomsmen!) and there was a bit of weather panic going on.  Not that we needed to worry – Friday 13th rolled around and luck was on our side with a beautiful 29 degree day.

This photo is one of my favourites.  Not the classic pose & look dreamily into each other’s eyes (though we have some of those too) but a shot that captures the fun we were having on one of the most wonderful days of my life.

Mr & Mrs Papercraft get married. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Enough photos???

So, back to that conversion about what else the beautiful Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit could be.  Of course – with that lace-like texture and great shape, would it make a wonderful wedding dress skirt?  Paired with the detailed little butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits, it’s a wedding dress made in paper heaven!  So pretty!

Bloomin' Heart Thinlit & Bold Butterfly Framelit - Wedding Dress Art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The tux was a little more boring – and not nearly as important!  I made sure the stunning wedding dress was front & centre of this card.

Bloomin' Heart Thinlit & Bold Butterfly Framelit - Wedding Dress Art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Happy wedding day to all those happy couples out there!  Everything about my wedding day was perfect and I’d go back and do it a million times over!  Though I wish I gotten married {AFTER} I found Stampin’ Up! and Pinterest!  Kelly x

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Hearts Collection Framelits Die

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Just Add Ink – Happy #300!!!

Congratulations to the Just Add Ink team who are celebrating 300 challenges and 6 years of awesome fun.  Well done!  With so many challenges on offer and crafters always looking for the next best thing, it’s lovely to see them keep going.  As you know, JAI is my fave weekly challenge.

This week for the big 3-0-0, the inspiration is a sketch (which no matter what I tried wouldn’t put itself into my blog post the right way around!)…

And what an awesome sketch for a special challenge!  The design team creations are very inspiring – you can see them here.

This is my challenge card…

Just Add Ink #300 - Sketch Challenge. Cups & Kettle framelits, silver doily, Happy Happenings stamp set & Going Places DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I seem to be all about blues at the moment. I started with the marbled blue DSP from the Going Place stack, which was going to be my kettle.  But when I cut it out, I found I loved the neutral side more – and the card just took off from there!

Just Add Ink #300 - Sketch Challenge. Cups & Kettle framelits, silver doily, Happy Happenings stamp set & Going Places DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I snuck in a retired embossing folder (do you still have this lovely pattern in your stash? I can’t part with it!) for the background, a silver doily for my teapot ‘mat’ and a happy birthday sentiment from my newest stamp set to arrive – Happy Happenings.

I just love awesome sentiment sets and this one from the 2015-16 annual catalogue is so cute – I don’t know what took me so long to buy it!

Happy milestone JAI – looking forward to playing along to many more challenges.  Kelly x

Want to place an order?  Don’t forget about the hostess rewards share running this month.  See here for all the details.  If you’re shopping online, the host code to add to your shopping bag is 3FHV3BF2.

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