Pretty Perennials

Is a stamping Mumma allowed to have favourites??? Luckily for the products in my collection, my favourites are constantly changing but at the moment I am totally in love the with Pretty Perennials stamp set and Perennial Petals Dies.

So far I’ve shared a super cute ice cream punch art creation using these dies – you can see that here, and a happy mail swap card – you can see that here.

The cards I am sharing today were made for my team and customers. I love being able to send a card as a thank you with an order and I always send out birthday cards for my team.

The theme this year for my team birthday cards is yellow – and they’ll find out why when they get their birthday card in the mail. Not everyone loves birthdays, but I have always enjoyed celebrating another year for my family & friends.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

This card is a little fussier than my usual style, but the flowers (stamps & dies) in this set layer so beautifully!

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

I’ve used three different yellows – So Saffron, Daffodil Delight & Bumblebee. I love that our ink & cardstock coordinates so you can confidently use them together and they have the same tone.


After making the yellow version, I decided to change up my usual colour choices and add in a purple version. Purple is not a tone I usually craft with – which is funny because it matches so well with so many other colours! You’ll often find one of the purple tones in DSP!!!

As I so often do, I changed a few things in the original design to create a same same but different card. Different layout direction, different colours, different DSP pattern, different sentiment option. For very little brain power you get a wonderfully coordinating, but unique card.

The colours in the purple version are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy. Due to issues with manufacturing that couldn’t be resolved, we haven’t had Purple Posy ink for most of the time the colour has been available. Luckily, Highland Heather when stamped off comes pretty close and is a great substitute!

The black & white DSP on both cards is True Love DSP from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. I’ve seen lots of B&W lovers say there should be a B&W option in every catalogue and you know what – I think I have to agree. It provides such a good base for cardmaking, especially when mixed in with monochromatic cards.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

While we are celebrating all things happy, happy back to school day for all the students in Perth & the South West that returned to school today. Thankfully a week of lockdown meant we were able to return to life as usual in the south west and expecting the same for Perth again very soon.

Have a fabulous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Lockdown | what cardmaking?

Parts of my state of Australia went into lockdown a week ago in response to a virus outbreak. It would seem like lockdown would be the perfect opportunity to get lots of cardmaking done – but the reality of my week was a little different. With the Mini Papercrafts home for the 9th week of school holidays, day care closed for the week and my working days switched to working from home, there always seemed to be something other than the craft table that demanded my attention. On the plus side, we enjoyed family walks, had time for some baking and I got to experience working from home for my job as a paediatric Speech Pathologist.

Knowing that my team were all in lockdown in their respective locations, we were lucky enough for lots of us to be free for a Zoom team meeting on Thursday night. We chatted lockdown (of course), caught up on how everyone was going, talked Stampin’ Up! and then crafted while chatting some more. The brief was to create something you could send to a teamie.

I had the Pretty Perennials bundle on my craft table from my ice cream girl creation last week (you can see that here) and a Pretty Perennials stamping session earlier in the week before lockdown hit – I’ll share those projects with you tomorrow.

So, I knew I wanted to use the Pretty Perennials bundle again (I think it’s my mini catalogue favourite at the moment – or at least one of several favourites). Being on a meeting length time frame to make something, I opened the catalogue for layout inspiration and chose the DSP & banner combination on page 8 of the mini catalogue.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

For the DSP background, I used the Flower & Field DSP which you can add to your order for {FREE} during February once the total before shipping reaches $90. The blue and yellow of the DSP led me to the colour choices for the banner and other DSP strip.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

For the flowers, I wanted to add some more colour, so I used Blushing Bride for the large flower and then coordinated in the yellow (Bumblebee) and blue (Pool Party) for the other flowers.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

The flowers in this set are gorgeous, but it’s the ‘happy’ that keeps drawing me back. Unfortunately there’s no die for it, so it’s fussy cutting therapy for that one, but it looks so cute on the card that I’m happy to take the time to cut it out. The ‘sending’ and ‘mail’ – in a font that I just adore – are white heat embossed on Just Jade cardstock.

There’s everything to love about this stamp set and coordinating dies. I think I’ll keep it on my desk for a little longer before moving on to something else!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Snailed It

Hello Monday! I thought I’d be sharing this post with you as we embarked on the first day back at school for 2021 for the Little Miss Papercrafts. But, as the twists and turns of the pandemic would have it, we are in lockdown for the next 5 days. There will be a first day at school – just not this week! Fingers crossed the swift lockdown works and we’re back to normal programming soon.

I’m hoping that lockdown gives me lots of craft time this week and can’t wait to see the inspiration the Stamp Review Crew bring for today’s stamp set – the Snailed It bundle!

This is one of my favourite sets from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, so I can’t wait to see what the crew do with it.

I made these cards earlier in the month and have been saving them to share, knowing that this blog hop was coming up.

Snailed It | kelly kent

The first card – top left – was a card we made in my team class. It used the Snailed It stamp set, coordinating Snail Dies and the also coordinating Postage Stamp Punch.

Snailed It | kelly kent

The background for this card uses the Postage Stamp Punch together with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder. I punched the postage stamp shape first (x5) on Basic White cardstock and then put them all in the embossing folder to give them the lovely texture. Then I laid them out on the Basic White mat. I love the white on white effect!

Snailed It | kelly kent

The snail is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends before being cut out with the matching die. I loved the little envelope, so included this in the top corner to house the sentiment – which is from the Punch Party stamp set. Punch Party is available for FREE on any order of $500 or more until the end of February 2021. The final touch was a couple of Opal Rounds. These fly under the radar a little in the catalogue – the gorgeous colour and shine is so hard to capture. But trust me when I saw you’ll want these little gems in your collection!


The second card I made in multiples to go with January orders for my customers.

Snailed It | kelly kent

We all joke about mail travelling by ‘snail mail’ these days, but it really is a wonderful feeling to open the letterbox and find happy mail in there.

The ‘happy mail’ stamp from this set has “enclosed” under the mail but I’ve taken to my stamp with a sharp craft knife and cut that part out. I’ve kept it, of course – which means I can add it back in if I need to, but I really love the flexibility of just having a happy mail stamp to use on the front of cards, and not just one designed for envelopes. The snail stamp also had a sentiment attached, but I snipped that off too so I could use the snail on its own. I know some people find it hard to cut up their stamps but I don’t even give it a second thought. If it makes the stamp set more functional for me, then it gets the snip! The stamps go back together so nicely if you are careful with how you cut them, so you’re sure to get so much more use from your stamps.

Snailed It | kelly kent

I’ve used lots of the same elements and styling in this card – the Painted Texture Embossing Folder, Postage Stamp Punch and of course, the Snail Dies for cutting out that cute little snail.


For more ideas on what to do with those snails, there’s projects to come – keep clicking on the next! From here, you’re heading over to the US to visit Linda Callahan

Thanks for joining us today. To see everyone joining in today’s hop, you can visit the Stamp Review Crew blog here.

Sending everyone lots of positive energy that our pandemic experiences are as happy as possible. I’m looking forward to sending some happy mail this week while we are safely waiting out the lockdown.

If you need any supplies for your happy mail creations, you can shop 24-7 in my online store.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com