Elf in A Box

Earlier in the year I had a custom order for a card to be sent overseas. And I realised I hadn’t shared it with you!

It’s the perfect Christmas Eve creation to share – full of joy & fun!

It needed to be something that could sit up & be displayed on the mantle, but could be posted flat – a card in a box was the perfect fold.

Elf in a Box | kelly kent

I really like Di Barnes’ tutorial & measurements for making a card in a box.  Click here visit her blog.


I wanted to make the card look like a present filled with presents!

Here it is folded flat…

Elf in a Box | kelly kent

And a closer view of the elf on the inside.  I masked out the Happy Holidays sentiment & replaced it with a bow!

Elf in a Box | kelly kent

I have loved using the Festive Phrases stamp set!  It’s retiring from the Holiday Catalogue and is available in the online store at a 15% discount for clear-mount and 20% discount for wood-mount.  The DSP for this card – Christmas Around the World – is also on the retirement list.

The Labels to Love stamp  set (sentiment on the card), Everyday Label Punch & Ready for Christmas stamp set (presents on the card) are all on the carryover list.  See the full list here.

Make sure to get any of your favourite Holiday Catalogue products by 2nd Jan 2018.  Shop 24-7 including Christmas Day in my online store.  Click here to browse.

Hopefully all your Christmas preparation is under control and you are spending today relaxing!  The Miss Papercrafts are I are constructing a gingerbread house – I think I prepare to work with paper!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

 

CASEing the Catty #157 | Case a Colour Combination

How’s your Christmas card prep going?

I’d like to say I’m organised, but Christmas is coming at me so fast…!

Thankfully, there’s challenges like CASEing the Catty to keep me inspired with new card designs each week.

This week at CASEing the Catty, we are finding inspiration from a colour combination within the pages of either the Annual Catalogue or Holiday Catalogue.

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Since I’m on a mission to get some Christmas cards created, I chose the colours from the Merry Little Christmas suite – pages 10-13 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I love the contrast of the Black & Old Olive . It’s not quite modern, not quite traditional!!

This is my card using an eclectic mix of some of my favourite Stampin’ Up! products…

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

I love mixing and matching the items in my collection – it means you’re always sure to get an interesting finish.

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

Here you can see…

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

I’m calling this one stylishly modern!

If you need a kick-start on the creative process, perhaps you’d like to choose a colour combination from one of the catalogues and join in our challenge.  You can find us on Facebook.  Click here to join the fun.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous from in NZ – Sandra Collett.

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

World Cardmaking Day 2017

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I have been invited to hop with a totally amazing group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world to celebrate World Card Making Day – what an honour!

This is a hop you’ll want to run through from start to finish!!!

If you’re already hopping, then you will have just come from the delightful & talented Amy Koenders in the US.

Currently you’re visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Australia.

And next up is our very own South Pacific Artisan Design Team Member – Paula Dobson from New Zealand.

Click on the next button at the end of this post to hop on over to Paula’s blog.


It was a totally free slate for this blog hop – which means we’re going to see some amazing projects.

I took this opportunity to think about what card making means to me – which has led me to share 3 different projects with you that each focus on what card making brings to my life.

The first project is about my team.  When I first joined Stampin’ Up! I could have never predicted that I would surround myself with strong, talented women with many things in common – but bonded by a love of paper, stamps & ink!

During the week, I sent out this card to each member of my team.

I wanted to reach out to them with personalised messages of thanks for their support and congratulations on their successes during the year.

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

These cards were made using my favourite elements of card making – beautiful DSP, white embossing, vellum, and a spray of flowers.

With one of my new favourite stamp sets – Hello Friend!  The floral wreath is simply stunning!

And how perfect is the sentiment from Labels to Love for cards that celebrate the end of the Stampin’ Up! year!!!  The Holiday Catalogue is not just about Christmas!

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

I also included a gift for everyone – a charm with their initial & a paper aeroplane (our Paper Adventures team motif).

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent

It could have many uses but I think it’d make a cute scissors charm or key chain decoration.

This is how I attached it to the middle of the card – with the Circle Tab Punch

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent


The next project was made during a class and represents my customers.

I am fortunate to spend time every month with a group of ladies who all love card making.

Each class is full of laughter, stories and friendship – and is a highlight of my month!

This is an eclipse card we made last month using the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

You’ll never guess the colours for the sunflowers…

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

Crushed Curry (that one was probably easy enough) and Peekaboo Peach (I have no idea what possessed me to pick that ink but it totally works!).

We stamped the fern in Sahara Sand and leaf in Old Olive at random points between the flowers.

This is another style of card that looks impressive but is oh-so-simple when you know how!


The final project for my post today reminds me of the both the friendships I’ve made because of this wonderful hobby and the power of sending a card.

I’ve sent cards around the world, across Australia and across my own town.

They’ve been sent for all kinds of reasons – because it doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday to send a card! #makeacardsendacard

A friend and I affectionately refer to handmade cards as ‘happy mail’ because there’s nothing nicer than checking the letterbox and finding something made & sent just for you!

This card travelled to the US last month to celebrate Holly Stene welcoming a beautiful baby girl into her famiy.

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

I love all the texture in this card!!!

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

It also includes some of more of my favorites – Sweet Sugarplum, gorgeous ribbon & trim and lots of layers!

Who are we kidding – most of the Stampin’ Up! range counts among my favourites!!!


That is all from me today!  I hope your Saturday 7th October 2017 contains some stamping happiness – whether it is making a card, sending a card or spending time with crafty friends!

I hope you enjoyed scanning through the pretty pictures.  That’s my style of blog visiting, so bonus points if you read the text too!

Please keep hopping to see the marvellous projects from the rest of the designers on this hop.

From here, click on next to visit Paula Dobson in NZ!

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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Labels To Love

Welcome to another blog hop with the Stamping Sunday Design Team, including our guest designer – Mary Deatherage.

We hop every 4th Sunday of the month, all designing to a chosen theme, suite or Stampin’ Up! product.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.


You are currently hopping with Kelly Kent from Bunbury, in the south west of Australia.

Today we are featuring the Labels to Love stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

This is the second of the coordinating sets for the Everyday Label Punch.

The Merry Little Labels stamp set comes in a bundle with the punch (page 12 of the Holiday Catalogue).

I couldn’t resist buying Labels to Love for it’s fabulous range of sentiments.


My first creation today uses the Merry Christmas stamp together with products from the Color Theory suite to create a snowy Christmas card in Dapper Denim.

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love | kelly kent

I truly love a matching label & punch set – it makes it so easy to create pretty cards, tags and 3D items.

But, sometimes I like to get fancy and put a border around the punched shape…

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love | kelly kent

It works for most of the symmetrical punch shapes.  Just a snip here and a snip there!

You need two punched out version in the same colour.  Snip through the middle one way on the first shape and the other way on the second.

Sometimes you need to snip a little extra from the sides of the second piece so it doesn’t show.  For this label, snip the ends off before cutting through the middle.

Then adhere to your stamped & punched shape, leaving a border around the outside.

Here’s the visual…

Everyday Label Punch - Adding a Border | kelly kent

Borders and extra layers add a finishing touch to projects that you didn’t realise was missing til you added it!


My second project to share with you today is not Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving, but using the stamps from this set to create an anniversary card for Mr Papercraft.

We are celebrating a fateful night of dinner swapping, dancing and the start of something special!

So, using Kristel Rimmer’s Mini Pop & Twist tutorial, I made this oh-so-cute card for his pillow….

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love: Mini Pop & Twist Card | kelly kent

It’s so cute, and so small – that’s the Everyday Label Punch on the front.  The outline stamp makes a great border and the ‘love’ stamp is perfect for my theme.

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love: Mini Pop & Twist Card | kelly kent

I used my Real Red marker to colour only the leafy part of the ‘give thanks’ stamp to create a border for the love letters on the inside.  These were stamped & fussy cut – all in the name of love!

If you love cute & small versions of things, make sure to visit Kristel’s site to get all the info to make your own Mini Pop & Twist Card.


Thanks so much for hopping with me today!  It’s an abolute pleasure to have you visit.

Please keep hopping for see what the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee made using this stamp set.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.


Have a wonderful week!

School holidays have just started here, so there’s sleep-ins, lazy mornings & crafting in my pjs!!  Oh, wait, that’s all me….. and playdates, junk food & parks!

Life is all about give & take! (Give me the craft supplies and I’ll happily take an hour making something!!!)

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com