It’s an Animal Expedition for Miss 8

8 years ago I was in labour with the first of our Miss Papercrafts.  She took her time coming, so technically her birthday isn’t until tomorrow, but we’re back on deck with Colour INKspiration tomorrow so I thought I’d do a sneaky share today (thankfully she doesn’t read my blog!)

Usually for birthdays I match the theme of the card with the party or present theme.   Now that she’s getting older, her presents are often experiences and opportunities – which don’t always translate well to cards.

So this year, I did something I’m not sure I’ve done before – I asked her what she wanted on her birthday card.  No surprises from our future Vet, she asked for animals.

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The Animal Expedition DSP made for a fun & pretty card base. This DSP is awesome – I just love the colouring, style and different animal choices.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

I added a birthday sentiment panel using the large circle from Swirly Frames, words from the Piece of Cake stamp set and a glittery number 8 using retired Large Numbers and Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper.  I find myself using quite a few of my retired products lately – I love keeping things that are just perfect for a card down the track.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

The stamps in the Swirly Frames set are fabulous for adding detail to plain shapes.  It’s been on my shelf for a while, but it wasn’t until this week that I got it inky.

Here’s an iphone quickie (while it’s still on my work space!) of a card I made for a custom order during the week using the rectangle frame…

A Little Wild | kelly kent

What stamp set is sitting on your shelf needing some love?

If there’s one thing stampers are good at, it’s collecting supplies and forgetting to send cards!  I’m running behind on my February birthday cards – hoping to get them posted very soon!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Halloween

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Hello & welcome to our team hop – October edition.

The theme this month is the Toil & Trouble suite & Halloween.  We’ve invited the immensely talented Tanya Boser to share her spooky project as our October guest designer.

Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia as other parts of the world.  We don’t give cards or treats out unless it’s trick or treating on the afternoon of 31st – and trick or treating isn’t a tradition for many households.

One of our team, Mandy (you’ll visit her blog on this hop) is running a craft session for kids so they can have some Halloween fun with just the treats! – what a great idea!

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Despite not celebrating Halloween here at Papercraft HQ, I often buy lots of items from the Halloween section of the Holiday Catalogue because they make great non-Halloween cards – particularly boys & kids themed cards.

So, today I’m sharing with you two cards I made using the super cute Toil & Trouble DSP, finished off with a birthday sentiment.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The first card is a bat / batman theme using the Spooky Bats Punch (Holiday Catalogue, page 51).  I couldn’t resist the bat punch thinking ahead to making Batman themed birthday cards!

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The second card uses another pattern from the Toil & Trouble DSP featuring spooky cats.  I added this with the cat punch to create another birthday card.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The Happy Birthday in both of these cards is one of my favourites – you’ll find it in the Perennial Birthday stamp set.

There’s other great patterns in this DSP including frogs, ghosts, witches & plain patterns such as stars, stripes & spots.  So next time you’re ordering DSP, make sure to see beyond the marketed use and imagine what else those patterns could make you!

For more spooky inspiration, please keep hopping and visit our fabulous guest designer – Tanya Boser.

Thanks for joining us!

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Baby & Kids

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Hello & thanks for joining us for the August Paper Adventures team hop.

The theme tonight is Babies & Kids and our fabulous guest designer is Rochelle Blok.

Babies and kids seemed like an obvious theme for a hop this year with so many of our team having babies & children, nieces & nephews or being amazing grandparents.

I often own most of this section of the catalogue and always love seeing the new sets available with each launch.  One of the fun new additions to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Treehouse Adventures stamp set.

You have all the piece you need in this set to create a super cute treehouse -in whatever colours you like.  The builder stamps are designed to ink up in separate colours, making it easy to put your treehouse together.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

I’ve mounted my treehouse on one of my favourite fancy fold designs – a Pop Up Slider card.

The middle panel slides up…

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And down again…

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So it goes flat into an envelope for giving or posting, but is still super fun for the recipient.  It’s always great to add an element of fun into kids cards!

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The colours for my treehouse are Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie & Real Red with Early Espresso accents.

The tree is Old Olive & Pear Pizzazz with a Crumb Cake trunk.

The DSP is from the Share What You Love suite – sometimes the reverse side of DSP designs are just perfect for something different from the usual suite.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

I just love making this style of card – and they really aren’t as hard as they look!  It’s all about the sizing, which you can find on my blog – click here to visit.

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It’s a small but quality Paper Adventures hop today.  Those babies & kids are keeping the team busy!!!

I know you’re going to love what our guest designer – the oh-so-talented Rochelle Blok – has created  Click on the next button below to visit.

Thanks for joining us!

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Not a Banana in Sight…

One of my greatest card making pleasures, still after all these years, is being able to make cards that match the present!

A cute little friend of ours had his birthday recently and his gift was the book Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas.  My kids love it!!  See it here on you tube!

Here’s Brian – the star of my card….

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You’ll notice there’s not a banana in sight – because piranhas don’t eat bananas!  The inspiration for the DSP came from the bananas in the Tutti Frutti pack – but I’ve used the fun stripy reverse side inside… no bananas!

Apart from his eyes (1-1/4″ circle, 1′ circle, Cookie Cutter Builder punches), the artwork is all free hand cutting – nice & rustic for this cartoon character!

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas | kelly kent

His teeth are the banner from In The Trees stamp set.  That’s the part I love about punch art – matching all the shapes to what I have in my Stampin’ Up! collection.

In The Trees is on the retirement list, plus the Large Number Framelits, Big on Birthdays stamp set, Tutti Frutti DSP  & Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper.  Make sure you get all your favourites before they are gone!

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Stamp Review Crew | Bubble Over

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Hop.

Today this wonderful group of international demonstrators is sharing ideas using the Bubble Over stamp set – and coordinating Bottles & Bubbles Framelits.

This bundle is currently available in the Occasions Catalogue, but I’m pleased to be able to let you know that Stampin’ Up! has shared a list of some of the items we’ll see in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue – and Bubble Over is one of them!!!

So, enjoy today’s hop with lots of ideas you’ll be able to use for the next 15 months!!

My first card uses the stamp set together with the Truly Tailored stamp set & coordinating Tailored Tag punch.  You’ll also spy the Bubbles & Fizz DSP which is available until the end of the month as a Sale-A-Bration item (free with $90 purchase).

Bubble Over | kelly kent

My second card is a completely different style.  Instead of bubbles from drinks, I wanted a card with the type of bubbles that kids blow!  The small girl framelit from the Birthday Friends set was perfect in black to create a silhouette of a girl blowing colourful bubbles.

Bubble Over | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with me today.

For more wonderful bubbly projects, please keep hopping & visit my friend Holly

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Mermaid Magic…

After sharing Coriana’s Magical Day card & gift yesterday using the wizard sheets from the DSP, I couldn’t resist sharing this one with you today using the mermaid pages.

One side of each 12″x12″ page in this Myths & Magic Specialty DSP pack has silver glitter on it – very magical!!!

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The glitter adds such a deluxe finish, you really don’t need to do much to turn it into a beautiful card.

I cut the pink mermaid with blonde hair (closest to the birthday girl) using a circular Stitched Shape, added the bubble DSP as a background and finished with happy 4th birthday.

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I usually add sentiments as a rectangle, but was inspired by Stesha Bloodhart and her love of fussy cutting.  Visit her blog here.

I just love the font & styling of the happy birthday sentiment from Milestone Moments.

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I tend to have lots of the very light coloured glitter dots left over from using the deeper coloured ones on other projects, but they were actually perfect for this card.  They remind me of beads of water.

Thanks for visiting with me today!

I hope your weekend is going swimmingly!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Foil Snowflakes – I just can’t get enough of them!

The absolute winner of the 2017 Holiday Catalogue for me hasn’t been a stamp set, new framelits or even the pretty paper.

The product I am absolutely in love with is….

Foil Snowflakes!

I can’t get enough of them {you can probably tell if you subscribe to my blog or social media!} – I’ve been using them on every project that crosses my craft table at the moment.

Many of the cards I’ve used the snowflakes on, haven’t actually been Christmas cards.  The Foil Snowflakes make amazing ‘doilies’.

We’ve still got just under 3 months left of guaranteed availability – and I am very hopeful that Stampin’ Up! will decide to keep them after that!

Have you ordered a pack?  Do you love them?


This is my latest ‘snowflake’ project – a kids birthday card!

Teepee Birthday | kelly kent

I also loved using the teepee stamp on this card.

Teepee Birthday | kelly kent

It comes from “Little One” – a stamp set designed for baby cards.  But it’s perfect for this fun 3rd birthday card.

Teepee Birthday | kelly kent

After blogging a few cards lately with Foil Snowflakes, I thought I’d look back and see all the ways I’ve used them so far…

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1 baby card
1 anniversary card
3 birthday cards
3 Christmas cards

What occasion should I ‘snowflake’ next???

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Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

It’s a special day at Papercraft HQ today – the littlest Miss Papercraft turns 4!

She’s a bundle of energy, full of laughs and provides lots of entertainment in our day!

Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

I got a bit cheeky for her party invites this year – and didn’t make them myself! (Insert gasp here!)

The bought ones were super cute & convenient, and although I didn’t realise at the time, would make a fabulous birthday card design.

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I love it when I can take something from everyday life and put a Stampin’ Up! spin on in.  Because Stampin’ Up! is so often on trend, it’s usually not hard to make it all match!

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The dots are from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the amazingly coordinated sentiments are from the Window Shopping stamp set.

I even managed to pull out some matching wrapping paper!!!!

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Happy birthday to our gorgeous Miss.  We love you!


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Holidays Kids Class – Fidget Spinner Card

It has been school holidays here in Western Australia – for the past 2 weeks.  And because we are in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s winter!

As Murphy’s Law would have it, these holidays have been mostly wet, cold & windy, so it seemed like the perfect time to launch my school holidays paper craft class.

I’ve been thinking through this for quite some time, but the holidays always seem to come & go before I can put my plans into action.

Not this holidays!  I shared Tuesday afternoon with 7 gorgeous little people.

We made 2 cards, a calendar/post-it creation & a necklace, finishing with free choice using pieces from my scrap basket.

The kids had lots of fun and it was labelled as the ‘best craft activity ever’.

Kids Craft Class | kelly kent

All the projects were voted as winners, but the fidget spinner card definitely got a thumbs up from the whole group!

Fidget Spinner Card | kelly kent

Because kids don’t have any concept of new, retired or otherwise, I used this class as a chance to go back to some of my favourites!

Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey & the gorgeous Moonlight DSP.

Here’s the spinner card in action…


Although I’ve seen some awesome spinners made from punches, we kept it simple and cut around a printed spinner image.

Thanks to Doodlecraft for the great template. (3″ is the approximate printed size)

Fidget Spinner Card | kelly kent

We added 3/4″ circles at the three points and attached a washer with glue dots.

The middle feature is another 3/4″ circle with a 1/2″ circle adhered on top with a mini dimensional.

Again, retired was all ok for this card, so I used the arc die from the recently retired Sliding Star Framelits to make the spinner track.

The spinner is attached using more washers & a dimensional.

Fidget Spinner Card | kelly kent


I’m calling my first ever kids class a wonderful success.

The kids had a great time and they were super clever at making things from paper!

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to book a kids paper class, email me!

You may also want to ‘like’ my Facebook page so you get updates on any future kids classes.

CASEing the Catty #135 – Holidays

This week at CASEing the Catty – the challenge where we ask you to be inspired by the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue – we are taking our creative instructions from the Holiday section.

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This year the Holiday section of the catalogue covers more than Christmas, although it’s where you’ll find all those sets that are perfect for the early bird who wants to make festive cards all year around.

Christmas in July is a popular concept in Australia due to the large migrant populations from the Northern hemisphere wanting a cold, wintery and sometimes snowy Christmas!

So, there are many who celebrate an alternative Christmas during the month of July with big feasts, great company and all the Christmas trimmings.

For others, it marks the second half of the year and a milestone to start the preparations for the big day in December.


After a flurry of Christmas cards in late June on my blog, I’m having an ‘it’s only July’ panic and have decided to use the Christmas inspiration for a magical birthday card!

The striking background of this Christmas card caught my attention…

So I turned it pink & girl for a fairy birthday card….

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To achieve this look, I started with Shimmery White cardstock and brayered the whole layer with Blushing Bride ink.

I then cut a 2″ circle from scrap paper and used this to create a mask for the moon shape, and then brayered again with Sweey Sugarplum ink.

And finally, I added Berry Burst in the corners.


I love the Star of Light swirl, so I kept this but added in a silver fairy…

CASEing the Catty #135 | kelly kent

With all that sparkle & bling, it’s going to be one of those cards that a photograph doesn’t do it justice!

The card is finished with a ‘magical’ silver sentiment from the Magical Mermaid stamp set (I knew that set was going to work well with the Fairy Celebration stamp set!!!) and some bling – pink Glitter Enamel Dots & Rhinestones.


This challenge is a great excuse to kick start your Christmas card stash!  And put some great ideas out there for other crafters to be inspired by.

Join us on the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page to see the week’s creations and add yours to the mix!

And also hop through to Krissy’s lovely card

Hope your weekend was amazing and the week ahead is even more fabulous!


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