The Grooviest Request

So, a couple of weeks ago I got a voicemail on my mobile (my phone is ALWAYS on silent {a habit I never dropped from the days of having newborns}) from a lovely man asking me to make a card for his wife’s birthday.  He wanted a card to suit an “ex-hippie grandmother who loves purple”.  I do love a challenge, so this was a perfect request.

We ended up with a purple heavy card featuring a Kombi van with personalised “Nanny” plates…

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I’ve heard from the “ex-hippie purple grandmother” herself and she loves it – phew!  Apparently she’s always wanted to jump in a Kombi and travel.

The background is my new favourite not-so-new product – Shimmery White cardstock with a kaleidescope of colour.  Until convention, I didn’t realise how good this was for everything – including watercolouring!  If you don’t have any, you’ll want to add this to your next order!!!

I used my Silhouettte Cameo for the Kombi and “happy birthday” (font: Keep on Truckin’).

And the purples?

Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum & Blackberry Bliss.

Yet another successful “not a Hallmark” creation – my favourite type of card.  Kelly x

Stampin’ Storage – Share the Fun in 2015!

Guess what?  My pre-order arrived today which was a very nice welcome after returning home from a long day at work! New products, means new storage!!!  I love things that match! image

Here are the links to the inserts for the DVD cases:

{in case you’ve missed these in the past, the Stampin’ Up! empty cases are the perfect way to store markers and inks}

To download all current clear insert files in pdf format, click here.

2015-2017 In Color Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (correct size for printing = 17.8cm x 14.3cm)

2015-2017 In Colour Ink Refill Insert (correct size for printing = 16.1cm x 8.3cm)

Updated: Looking for 2016 inserts?  Click on the photo below….

Printable Inserts for 2016-2018 In Color range - Stampin' Write Markers & Ink Refills. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


You may also like to download:

2013-2015 In Colour Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (Retired)


You can find the links to download the inserts for other color collections here:

Stampin’ Write Marker Insert

Ink Refill Insert


I hope you enjoy using these as storage solutions for your stamping products.  Be sure to share the links with your friends, customers and other stamping addicts.  Share the fun! If you need storage cases, click on the links below to be magically transported to my online store where you can purchase as much storage style as you need!  Kelly x

Half Cases Wood-Mount Stamp

USE FOR INK REFILLS
$8.95

Clear-Mount Stamp Cases

USE FOR STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKERS
$9.95

 

 

Try a Technique – Inked Up Embossing Folders

As you know, there are so many clever techniques out there for making ‘wow’ cards.  I have tried inking embossing folders before, but not for a while, so it was almost like a new ‘wow’ moment for me.

I’ve combined my technique fun with the Just Add Ink inspiration challenge (JAI261).  Don’t you just love the colours in the theme!?!

This is my card:

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The Technique: The background is made by inking up the inside of the embossing folder (top or bottom depending on what you want inky and what you want uninked) with a brayer and ink from a classic stamp pad.  I used the Spring Flowers TIEF and the gorgeous *soon-to-be-released* in-colour Tip Top Taupe.  It took me a bit of practice (Alexa is going to love it when she finds the rejects on her craft table!) but I got there eventually.  I found I got the best finish when I put the embossing folder through the big shot sideways (rather than with the fold first, rotate 90 degrees so it goes through long side first).  It’s a bit of a squeeze but it fits!

Although the inspiration photo is all leaves, when I first saw the cushion in the picture I thought it was a tree.  And then I couldn’t shake it – great first impression!  I love all the texture and layers in this card.  And the colours!  The mix of blues, white & taupe is just divine.  Thanks JAI!!!  Kelly x

Product List

Big Shot

$149.95

Brayer

$21.95

*** Items in green are only available to demonstrators.  They will appear in the 2015-16 annual catalogue which is available from 2nd June 2015.
*** Want to shop online? Use the hostess code 2DDVDWRQ at checkout for a free gift.

Watercolour Butterflies – JAI258 & FMS181

Me oh my!!! – how glorious is the colour combination for this week’s Just Add Ink Colour Challenge – Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Melon Mambo.  They make such a pretty trio.

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And again I’ve matched up the JAI challenge with this week’s Freshly Made Sketch.

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With such lovely colours, I decided to showcase them using watercolour paper.   Using my aquapainter and reinkers, I made a swirly whirly wash adding more colour until I had a vibrant mix of Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo & Smoky Slate.  Once it was dry, I cut butterflies from my pretty paper and matched them up with the gorgeous patterns of Painted Blooms DSP.

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I love the marbled effect the three different ink colours give.

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After making my challenge entry, I still had lots of space to cut more butterflies, so I also made this version with the sketch rotated.

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I think I like the original better, but that’s one of the things I love the most about inspiration – you can make all sorts of cards!  Have a go at one or both challenges this week and share in the fun.  Kelly x

Product List

Glue Dots

$8.95

 

The hostess code for April is QRYKATGK.  Shop online using this code and I will send you a free gift!

Whimsy Wedding – Cake Topper Bunting

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It’s the middle of the wedding season and I was asked by my cousin, who is a cake designer in Bunbury, to create some wedding themed bunting for a wedding expo she was going to.

I made three different options for her to show her customers and reminded her that since everything I make is made from scratch, it is fully customiable!

That’s the wonderful thing about handmade – it’s created just for you.  Have a name with unusual spelling – no problems, want a specific saying – easy done, need it match your colour theme – totally possible!


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Simple & elegant “Mr & Mrs” banner using the Pennant Builder Punch, Skinny Mini Alphabet & heart punch from Itty Bitty Accents.


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Classic love birds with a kissing heart!  Made using the Bird Builder Punch, Your Perfect Day Stamp Set & heart from the Owl Builder Punch.


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And the final one is my favourite – “Just Married” using the Tree punch, Little Letters Thinlits, and Linen Thread.  The ‘scrunchy’ flowers were made using the brown paper SU! use for packing orders, coloured with Bermuda Bay ink and cut with the 1-1/4″ scallop circle punch.

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Weddings are special occasions and it’s a nice touch to be able to make something special just for the big event!  Kelly x

Product List

Tree Punch

[135859]
$29.95

Glue Dots

[103683]
$8.95

Happy Birthday Mr Papercraft!

It’s a B-I-G “Happy Birthday” to my husband, Mr Papercraft, today.  He doesn’t read my blog – not that I can blame him since he sees most of the cards that end up on here in real life (he’s a hit & miss critic, but oddly good at recognising the wonky bits!).

But, he did happen to see it one day when I’d left it open on the computer – and ironically on a post where I referred to him as Mr Papercraft (perhaps the one about the iron-on glitter vinyl mugs when I was in a very grateful mood!).  Well, since then, he’s been referring to himself as ‘Mr Papercraft’ and gets quite a chuckle out of it.

Now, it’s only fitting that the main man along for the ride with me on mypapercraftjourney gets more than one card on his big day (and by main man, I may mean key financier!).  He’s still heavily into his diving, so both cards fit into the nautical/marine theme.

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The first card is from me.  It uses the Irresistibly Yours Sale-A-Bration DSP which I coloured with ink & sponge daubers to create an underwater oasis for the little diver man.  The diver is John from the Silhouette Design store, complete with a tank and flippers to make him into Diver John.  The “you’re the best!” sentiment is also a SAB goodie (Simply Wonderful Stamp Set).

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The second card is a shaker card I made for the Little Miss Papercrafts to give to their Daddy.  [If you would like instructions on how to make a shaker card – follow this link to a previous post].  I loved the fun of this card – something they could play with as well as Daddy.

Happy Birthday Mr Papercraft – our ocean is so much fuller for having you in it!  With lots of love, Mrs Papercraft & the Little Misses x

imageShaker Card Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: On Film, Squares, Starburst, Bitty Banners

DSP: Maritime

Specialty Paper: Window Sheet

Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red

Ink: Coastal Cabana

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Embellishments: Linen Thread, Stampin’ Glitter (I used Champange which is now retired.  Gold, which is current, would also work well)

Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals

*** Don’t forget that it’s Sale-A-Bration until 31st March – earn a free SAB gift for every $90 you spend.  Order online during January 2015 using the TF7WJGE3 to receive another free gift from me! ***

 

Happy New Year, Happy New Baby!

The 2015 year has started for me with sending out some baby cards, which is also another opportunity for a sneak peak of Occasions & Sale-A-Bration products (available very soon!).

Today’s showcase is the Irresistibly Yours DSP – used for the Blushing Bride & Coastal Cabana backgrounds in these cards.  The DSP comes without any colour – white with glossy white embossing – then you add colour to it with ink.  I’ve kept these simple, but looking forward to experimenting with some colour combinations!  The only limit is the ink in your collection!

Pink is for girls …

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And blue is for boys ….

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Hoping for lots more opportunities to make baby cards during 2015!

I’m also starting with the year with a mini-break away with my family.  So, another short break in posting, before joining you on 6th Jan when the Occasions catalogue & SAB promotion goes live!  Kelly x

Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Balloon, Bitty Banners

Edgelit: Large Scallop

Embossing Folders: Perfect Polka Dots, Lucky Stars

DSP: Birthday Bash, Irresistibly Yours

Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay

Ink Pads: Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay

Ink Refills: Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana

Stamp Sets: Celebrate Today, Itty Bitty Banners

Embellishments: Best Year Ever

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 6th January 2015.

My Bokeh Needs More Practice!

I’m slowly working my way through my L-O-N-G list of Pinterest ‘must try’ pins.  This is one of those – I wanted to try the Bokeh technique.

In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” (trusty Wikipedia).

In stamping, bokeh is a patterned or watercolour type background with white highlights as the focus – attempting to reproduce the dappled light effect of the photographic bokeh.

Now, I’m pretty sure I haven’t nailed it first time around (though I love the final product) and am looking forward to trying again. It was a fun technique with a beautiful finish.

This will be my last post for a short while, while I have a break from stamping, blogging & the computer!  I will return re-energised, with more projects in a couple of weeks.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Chalk Talk, Ovals, Project Life Cards & Labels

Punch: Project Life Corner

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Craft White

Embossing: Black Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, VersamarkHeat Tool

Stamp Sets: Chalk Talk, Making Spirits Bright, Express Yourself (retired)

Extras: Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

ESAD Blog Hop – 2014 Holiday Catalogue “Making Spirits Bright”

2014 holiday cat banner

Another catalogue and another blog hop!  If you’re making your way around, then you’ve just visited Debra and her holiday cheer.  Next you’ll be off to Monique‘s festive fever (see the bottom of my post for a full list of blog hop participants).

For those of you that haven’t joined me on a blog hop before, here’s the info:

  • 19 blogs
  • by demonstrators from the ESAD Facebook group
  • showcasing products from the 2014 Holiday Catalogue

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.


Making Spirits Bright Artwork

I have chosen the “MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT” stamp set as the theme for my blog hop projects.  There’s lots to love about this stamp set, which is hidden towards the back of the Holiday Catalogue (page 48).  6 cute cocktail glass designs and 7 separate sentiments including the ever faithful “Happy Birthday” and very seasonable “Merry Christmas”.  I love the font they’ve used – perfect for anybody.

My first share is a set of wine glass charms using the cocktail stamps, made with shrinkable plastic that becomes smaller & thicker as it melts.  I have designed a set of 6, which would make a fun Christmas gift for a friend who entertains and needs a way for their guest to keep track of their glass.  These little treasures are on little wire rings that open & close, allowing them to be attached to the stem of a glass of wine or champers.

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To make your own set:

  • Using Jet Black Staz On ink (101406), stamp each of the images onto shrinkable plastic sheets.  For this project I just wanted each glass as the image so I used masking tape to block out the parts of the image I didn’t want – inked it up, then removed the masking tape before stamping.
  • Cut out the stamped image using 2″ circle punch (133782) and punch a hole at the top using the 1/8″ handheld circle punch (134365).
  • Shrink the plastic, following the instructions from the manufacturer.
  • Add wire rings and project complete!

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Note: Shrinkable Plastic is not a SU! product (sourced from ebay).  Wire also not SU! (sourced from Spotlight).


A gift like this needs STYLISH WRAPPING and luckily there are lots of great packaging options in the holiday catalogue.  I tied all my rings together with Cherry Cobber 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (135839) and put them into a cute little box I made with the new Gift Box Punch Board (135863).  This Gift Box Punch Board makes boxes in a range of sizes with no cuts or adhesive required – easy peasy!

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I made a bigger box to house the little box (again using the Gift Box Punch Board).

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I then added embellishments to make my finished box festively fancy – Trim the Tree DSP Stack (135824), 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (132140), more Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (135839) – all discretely tacked together using the fabulous new Handheld Stapler (135850) & Mini Staples (135847).

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The tags were made using the new Note Tag Punch (135860) & the complete Christmas Cocktail stamp from Making Spirits Bright Stamp Set (135086{W}; 135089{C}) and the Merry Christmas sentiment from Making Spirits Bright with the Modern Label Punch (119849).  All tied together with Linen Thread (104199).

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my contribution to this ESAD blog hop.  I had lots of fun and loved trying out shrinkable plastic as a new medium for stamping.  Next stop is Monique – enjoy! Kelly x

Please take the time to visit the very talented ladies that have taken the time to create some lovely holiday inspiration:

1.   Keryn Campbell

2.   Narelle Hoggard

3.   Gail Kirby

4.   Libby Dyson

5.   Emily Campbell

6.   Debra Spijers

7.   Kelly Kent – you are here!

8.   Monique Fielder

9.   Andrea Buckland

10.  Debbie Lamb

11.  Sally Williams

12.  Christie Kunkel

13.   Paula Reid

14.   Amity Knight

15.   Ria Kaire

16.   Nerida Carter

17.  Rochelle Blok

18.  Tracy Speight

19.  Rachael Lewsley

 

Just because – you’re my friend

“Just because” cards are my favourite.  No particular reason – just someone that you might be thinking of or would like to send some “pretty” to.  It’s always a nice change in the snail mail pile to receive something that fits into the ‘lovely’ category rather than the practical category.  For this card I used lots of my ‘favourites’ to make it extra special.

My favourite DSP: In every pack of DSP I have an instant favourite.  In Back to Black, it was the feathers.

My favourite technique: This week’s favourite is the “Baby Wipe Technique”.  Take a baby wipe, add drops of different coloured ink refills [I used all the 2014-16 in colours except Tangelo Twist] and use it as a stamp pad.  To get a little more bleed, I lightly sprayed my inky baby wipe with a water filled Stampin’ Spritzer.

My favourite stamps: I’m still in love with the feather from “A Happy Hooray” and “And Many More” is getting a steady workout at the moment.

My favourite colour collection: Blackberry Bliss & it’s In Colour friends are still my favs!

Actually, I love everything about this card!  Is there anyone you’d like to send a ‘just because’ card to this week?  I guarantee it would put a smile on anyone’s face and that’s a great way to finish the week.  Kelly x

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