2021 Annual Catalogue | It’s go time

There’s nothing more exciting than a new catalogue! Pretty pages filled with new things you “have to have”. Hopefully you’ve got a hard copy already hanging out in your house. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the link to the online PDF. You can also message me to request a copy.

Unlike previous catalogue cycles, the 2021 Jan-June Mini Catalogue hasn’t retired yet. So, you currently have two catalogues to shop from – the Mini and the new Annual. This means you can combine old and new favourites – a pairing that hasn’t happened before!

We’ve been enjoying seeing the new In Colors in action across April as demonstrator’s preorders arrived. They are Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent and Pale Papaya.

I’ve combined Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent with the Wrapped Bouquet bundle from the Jan-June Mini Catalogue.

There’s two different bouquet options and two different ways you can wrap them in this set. I shared the other style of bouquet in posts here and here (click on the links to check them out if you missed them).

This style of bouquet has such pretty flower and I really love the 3D effect of the newspaper wrap. The die embosses all the folds required, so you cut out one piece and then fold.

If you want to, you can stamp the newspaper print on the folded wrap but I love it as a background accent for this card. I’ve cut three Very Vanilla Stitched Rectangles in the same size and stamped them in Sahara Sand ink.

The flowers for the bouquet are stamped in Soft Succulent with fussy cut Polished Pink accent flowers. I used a section of the Polished Pink stamped image that didn’t have flowers to cut the heart – using a die from the Kangaroo Dies set.

The final touches for this card are the twine holding the tag on and the Happy Mother’s Day sentiment. It’s cut using the now retired Stitched Shapes Die but until I wait for some of my new catalogue things to arrive, that was the perfect shape for what this card needed. Retired doesn’t mean our relationship is over! Some Stampin’ Up! is forever!

What’s your idea of the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Does a handmade card with a Stampin’ Up! Gift voucher sound perfect? Start dropping hints now. I can provide your family with the card and gift voucher! Give them my details and I’ll take care of the rest!

If you do all the shopping in your house including Stampin’ Up!, then jump on over to my online store (click here) to order yourself a little happy mail.

There’s two great offers running in May –

JOIN – and receive a Starter Kit of your choice of $283 products for just $169. You’ve enjoy the Stampin’ Up! discount until at least October 2021, receive the next round of catalogues early, have access to preorder for the Aug-Dec Mini and next Sale-A-Bration and get adopted into our fabulous Paper Adventures team! Click here to purchase your Starter Kit. Have questions? Message me and I’ll answer them all.

HOST – order $400 of products yourself, or host a party with your family/friends with orders of $400+ and you’ll receive the usual hostess benefits (10-16% of retail value) plus an extra $40 of rewards. All Stampin’ Up! Rewards can be used for the specially priced host products, or use on any catalogue items at retail price. Click here to shop!

If you have any questions about ordering, hosting or joining, please email me, message me on socials (FB or Insta) or leave a comment here and I’ll get back to you.

Happy new catalogue!!!

Treasured Medallion Birthday

I borrowed the Treasured Medallion stamp set from a friend (thank you!) and found it really hard to give it back – it’s such a gorgeous set with great images!

I had more ideas than time, but my main purpose was to create this birthday card for a special friend. Now that she’s received it, I can share it on here. She probably trying to keep it quiet, but the gorgeous Lou Kitzelman had a zero birthday last month. Pop over to her blog – With a Bow on Top by Lou – and wish her a very happy birthday!

I chose a classic navy & white colour scheme for this card to fit with the elegance of the mandala image.

I heat embossed the mandala in silver on Shimmery White cardstock. I also heat embossed a second mandala in white on Night of Navy cardstock and cut the middle portion out. I’ve adhered this to the middle of the silver mandala with two of the ribbons from the Flower for Every Season ribbon pack.

The DSP on the card base is from the In Good Taste DSP – a favourite from the Annual Catalogue range. The finishing touches for this card was a happy birthday sentiment (of course) and some ink splatters in Night of Navy.

Happy birthday Lou – may this decade be your absolute oyster.

DSP | Add to Cart in October

All through October 2020, Stampin’ Up! are offering a 15% discount on selected DSP patterns. You can see them all in my online store. Here’s a snapshot from the store, click to browse online.

I have many favourites, but one that has particularly caught my fancy this year is the Whale of a Time DSP from the Annual Catalogue. It’s part of a suite and has a range of coordinating products including a stamp and punch bundle called Whale Done.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The DSP is filled with beautiful marine life including seahorses, turtles, crabs, jellyfish and more.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The punch coordinates with the paper and punches out the whales. I love it when I can add a perfectly coloured image from the DSP to my card!

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The other DSP I’ve been really getting a lot of use from is the In Good Taste pack. It’s a large pack, with 2 sheets of 12 different designs – which are all double sided, so you get 24 different photographic textile patterns. I’ve kept half the sheets as 12×12″ size and I’m using them as backgrounds when I take photos of my cards. Here’s a snapshot of some of them in action from my Pinterest.

Whale Done is just $17 until the end of October and In Good Taste is only $31.45. Shop online and have it delivered to your door. And then create pretty cards with pretty paper until your heart is content. I can’t think of a better way to craft than with DSP!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

In Good Taste | new home

I was asked by a friend to make a new house card.  Is there a better combination for this theme than the In Good Taste DSP (filled with home textile patterns), Home Together Dies (I bought these for exactly this theme) and Playful Alphabet Dies (for making the sentiment perfectly customised!).

New Home | kelly kent

This card is very neutral in it’s tones and makes me thing of a display home with a fabulously neutral colour scheme ready to add some pops of colour and a personal touch!

New Home | kelly kent

The little home & heart die is my favourite in the set and just so cute!!

New Home | kelly kent

Although I almost always make standard A6 size cards (half an A4 sheet folded), I wanted the long space of a DL sized card (8-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ folded in half).

Seeing all the earthy tones of this card makes me want to make another one in glorious bright colours!  That might be a good project for today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Like Gnome Other | “Speechie”

Although I’d love to hang out at the craft table all day (and night) I have two other jobs that keep me busy.  They are both equally as fun and interesting with very different pay rates and job descriptions.  My job as a Mumma to the three Mini Papercrafts pays in love and kisses.  My job as a Speech Pathologist pays in gratitude and the satisfaction of being able to help children communicate.

Last week was Speech Pathology Week – a week of celebrating Speech Pathologists and the workplaces in which they help others.  The theme for 2020 was Communicating with Confidence.  This is me with my fabulous work colleagues in our Speech Pathology Week shirts.

Out Loud Developmental Services | Speech Pathology Team

Approximately 5% of the population have communication difficulties.  Communicating with confidence is vital to enable everyone to participate fully in the social, educational, economic and sporting aspects of community life. We believe that families have the right to access the support and opportunities they need to help their children develop, learn, participate and thrive.  It’s a pleasure to be part of the complex journey a family takes when their child has a communication difficulty.


A couple of weeks ago my love of paper and being a Speech Pathologist collided when a friend needed a card to thank the Speech Pathologist her son had been seeing.  Speech Pathologists, affectionately known as “Speechies” love a good play on words, so gnome pun seemed like the perfect card for the occasion.

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

This card started with the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set – specifically the ‘like gnome other’ phrase.  The base of the card uses the Peek-A-Hoot Dies to create some structure for the other parts of the card – and a window for the cute little gnome house to peek out.  The DSP for this card is from the In Good Taste DSP.

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

The gnome has undergone a transition from Christmas gnome to garden themed gnome with some paper piecing on her hat and coordinating colouring with Stampin’ Blends.

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

The “Speechie” letters are cut from the Playful Alphabet Dies in Misty Moonlight cardstock with Foam Adhesive Sheets for extra impact and lots of Wink of Stella for the sparkle she deserves!

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

If you’re looking for a thank you stamp set for your collection to cover all types of thankful occasions, I really love the Massive Thanks stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

Thank you to all the Speech Pathologists across the world – you are awesome!  If you know a “Speechie”, let them know what a fantastic job they are doing!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | weather

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As the weather chills down here in the south west of Australia, weather seemed like a great theme for the July 2020 Paper Adventures team hop.  I’m never more aware of the weather than when it’s cold.  I spend my time both enjoying the lashing of rain (I love a good storm) and wishing it away as I wait for warmer days.  My favourite season is definitely summer!

We welcome Leonie Stuart today as our guest designer.  I love Leonie’s elegant style and beautiful nature and was so happy she was able to join us for this hop.  If you’re a blog subscriber of Leonie’s and have joined us via her blog, thank you!

Weather is such an powerful topic.  We talk about it, we enjoy it, we hate and we often base our activities around the weather that Mother Nature has delivered.  There’s nothing better than having an excuse to stay inside and craft all day because the weather is awful outside!!!

With the cold weather making life a little chilly, I bought a gorgeous little heat pack buddy for a friend who is turning two this weekend.  I couldn’t resist making a card that matched the design….

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

I love using inspiration from around me to make cards!  Like all good punch art creations, this is a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Lots of it is hand cut.  The In Good Taste DSP provided excellent texture for the bottom part of the card and the top is Sahara Sand with Tasteful Textile embossing.

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

My current favourite way to finish a card is to add the Playful Alphabet letter dies with foam adhesive sheet.  The effect is awesome!

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

This card just makes me smile!  The heat bag monster is such a happy little character – it’ll be great for cold night snuggles!

Stay warm and keep hopping with our guest designer Leonie Stuart.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the weather plays nice for whatever activity you have planned!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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