It’s My Birthday Month!

I love birthdays – I think they should be acknowledged and celebrated and enjoyed!

Each new day, each extra year is a blessing.  I’m sure we all know of someone who didn’t get to celebrate their next birthday.

So, I’m shouting from the rooftop (or at least the top of my blogging platform) that…

MAY IS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!

Of course, it’s not all about me!  I’m still bringing birthdays back in 2017, which means sending as many handmade birthday cards to those around me as I can.

All part of my birthday loving philosophy and a love of making cards!

We’re so good these days at texting & putting messages on social media.  How special is a card that arrives in your hand, or in your mailbox???

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This is the first batch of cards going out this month using more of my new products!

Crafting Forever #imbringingbirthdaysback | Kelly Kent

I am totally in love with the Crafting Forever stamp set – and I know you’re going to love it too!

Join my Paper Adventures team and you can add this stamp set plus lots more pre-order items to your Starter Kit!

Crafting Forever #imbringingbirthdaysback | Kelly Kent

The stripy paper is from the Birthday Memories Suite – super cute!  I love stripes!!!

Crafting Forever #imbringingbirthdaysback | Kelly Kent

And the sentiment is a favourite from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, which appears again in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue – yay!


If you’d like a handmade card when your birthday rolls around, make sure I know when your birthday is & where to send your card!

#imbringingbirthdaysback – and I love it!

One Stop Pinterest Inspiration Stop! #imbringingbirthdaysback

Do you remember the movement Shannon West started to ‘bring birthdays back’?

It’s certainly made me send more of my cards out to friends for their birthday (and other occasions) – which is fabulous!  They love receiving a handmade card and I love making/sending them!


In a wonderful display of thanks and happy birthday wishes, Shannon got almost 1,000 cards for her birthday.  She has uploaded every single one to Pinterest and you can now go and have a looksie.

There is such an array of layouts, stamps, designs, colour combinations & great ideas that I’m labelling it a “One Stop Pinterest Inspiration Stop”!

#imbringingbirthdaysback Pinterest Board

You can see my card second from the right above and a bigger version below (in case you missed it the first time around!)…

#imbringingbirthdaysback - Shannon West's Playful Pals Koala birthday card

If you’ve got some craft time this weekend, take some time to visit the Pinterest board and choose a card or 2 to CASE or use as your starting inspiration point!

No doubt you’ll also find a few cards to “pin” for later.

Happy stamping!  Kelly x

Birthday Week on Rewind

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When one has a birthday week – it’s simply amazing.  My birthday week started the Thursday before my birthday with a family dinner, then a morning tea at work on Friday, my #imbringingbirthdaysback class on Saturday, my actual birthday on Sunday, another family dinner on Tuesday and a celebration with friends on Thursday.

And between all that joy was so many beautiful birthday cards.  I got a lovely mix of beautiful handmade and perfectly selected store bought.

I’m one lucky girl!!!

So, after all the hype of a wonderful birthday week has died down, I’m stopping by to share the handmade goodness that I was blessed with!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to make & send/give me a piece of happiness.  It was such a powerful reminder about how a simple creation of paper, ink & glitz can bring so many smiles.

In no particular order but thanks to everyone!  Kelly xxx

Created by Narelle for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Lou for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Sheila for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Paula for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Mary for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Rachael for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Helen for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Joy for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Nicole for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Amy for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Sarah for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Helen for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Anne for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Kristel for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Created by Cheryl for Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. #imbringingbirthdaysback

Visit some of my wonderful crafty friends:

Cheryl Algie – http://chezzakayewandellagal.blogspot.com.au/

Kristel Rimmer – https://www.facebook.com/kristelrimmerStampinup/

Lou Kitzelman – https://withabowontopbylou.blogspot.com.au/

Nicole Wilson – http://nicolejuliewilson.blogspot.com.au/

Paula Reid – http://yellowbearnz.blogspot.com.au/

Rachael Lewsley – http://www.mystampinhaven.com.au/

My Birthday Weekend!

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It looks like Shannon West will have spent most of her day yesterday opening birthday cards!!!

I’m looking forward to the same fun tomorrow!!!

But today, as part of my birthday weekend celebrations, it was time for my #imbringingbirthdaysback class.

Thanks to the lovely ladies who joined me!  Across the classes, we made these cards with the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set & It’s My Party DSP.

#imbringingbirthdaysback Birthday Class. Endless BIirthday Wishes & It's My Party DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

#imbringingbirthdaysback Birthday Class. Endless BIirthday Wishes & It's My Party DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

#imbringingbirthdaysback Birthday Class. Endless BIirthday Wishes & It's My Party DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

#imbringingbirthdaysback Birthday Class. Endless BIirthday Wishes & It's My Party DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have a look through your Facebook list, in you diary or ask around – and see if you can make a goal to send some birthday cards over the next few months. Let me tell you – there’s nothing like the excitement of heading to the letterbox & discovering happy mail rather than bills!

And that’s what the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement is all about!  Kelly x

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Playful Pals Koala – Heading North for Shannon

Today is Shannon West’s birthday.  If you’re a Stampin’ Up! devotee, you’ll probably recognise Shannon as the brains (& beauty) behind the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement.

Happy Birthday Shannon West #imbringingbirthdaysback. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Social media & technology have made the humble card obsolete, so Shannon is encouraging us all to send more birthday cards!

This is where it all started…

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I’m know Shannon will be getting lots of happy mail on her special day – I’m really hoping mine makes it on time!

{I secretly suspect it will be quicker for me to send something overseas than over east!!!}

I couldn’t go past a locally inspired creation when I was designing a birthday card for Shannon.

Playful Pals Koala Birthday Card #imbringingbirthdaysback. Happy Birthday to Shannon West! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Playful Pals stamp set features in the current Occasions catalogue (ends 31st May 2016) and will be appearing in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue (not long to go now!).  Currently, you’re able to get it in a bundle with the Pyramid Pals framelits and save 15%.  Although both the stamp set & framelits will be available after 1st June 2016, the bundle discount will no longer apply.


I’ve been having fun making all kinds of Playful animals and I am delighted to welcome this cute koala to the family!

Playful Pals Koala Birthday Card #imbringingbirthdaysback. Happy Birthday to Shannon West! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Want to make your own koala?  Here’s the breakdown:

  • Ears: small solid oval in Smoky Slate with white embossed solid triangle
  • Head: large solid oval in Smoky Slate
  • Bow: solid bow in Blushing Bride
  • Eyes: wide set eyes in Basic Black
  • Nose: small solid oval in Basic Black
  • Mouth: mouth in Basic Black
  • Body: large solid oval in Smoky Slate with white embossed wing
  • Arms: solid semi-circle in Smoky Slate
  • Legs: solid triangle in Smoky Slate
  • Branches: Bird Builder punch

Happy birthday to the lovely Shannon – May is an awesome month to be born!!!  Only two more sleeps til mine!  Kelly x

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Builder Bird Punch

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English Garden Designer Series Paper

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Mossy Meadow A4 Cardstock

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Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad

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Heat Tool

$50.00

2-Way Glue Pen

$8.00
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Glue Dots

$9.00

#imbringingbirthdaysback – May Class Schedule

May is my birthday month – so it seems like perfect timing to get excited about Shannon West’s #imbringingbirthdaysback movement.

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We rely so much on technology & social media these days that it’s getting rare to collect a birthday card from the letterbox.

Let’s change that starting with my birthday!

If you’d like to send me a surprise birthday card – please email Nanna Papercraft and she’ll share my address with you.


To celebrate my birthday, I’m running a free birthday card class on Saturday 14th May 2016.  There will be 3 x one-hour sessions: 9am, 10am & 11am.  Everyone is welcome to join in but bookings are essential.

Each class with make 2 cards from these 4 Endless Birthday Wishes / Party My Way designs.  If you have a favourite, be sure to let me know when you RSVP.

#imbringingbirthdaysback - Free Class - 14th May 2016, Bunbury WA. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I know some of you have been waiting for the May class schedule, so here it is.

Class Schedule May 2016

  • Tuesday 3rd May, 9.30am general class $20 *FULL
  • Thursday 5th May, 7pm project set $15 *CANCELLED (sorry!)
  • Saturday 14th May, 9am, 10am, 11am FREE *12 places available
  • Sunday 29th May, 1pm general class $20 *4 places available

Don’t forget to RSVP & pay the class fee (where applicable) to secure your place.  Classes with low RSVPs may be cancelled.


It’s not just all about my birthday!  If you have a birthday coming up, please send me a message with your birthday date & address and I’ll send a birthday card your way.

I’m excited to send more cards out!  And it doesn’t just have to be for birthdays!  Cards are lovely for any occasion!  Kelly x