Party Like You’re Irish – St Patrick’s Day 2017

It seems that this is a good week for a pun!

Who doesn’t love their name on a card??

Wishing you a Happy St Patrick’s Day!!!


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Just Add Ink #348 Ombre

Just Add Ink Design Team

This challenge is going to be a fun one – I can tell!!!

Why you ask?  Because I had fun making my design team card!

The theme this week for Just Add Ink is ombre – suggested by Rochelle.

Just Add Ink #348 Ombre

Ombre is the gradual blending of one colour to another or going from a light shade to a dark shade.

It’s a lovely way to add texture to a card or project and a great way to get the most out of your Stampin’ Up! colours!

Stampin’ Up! reinvented their brayer for this annual catalogue and rather than the traditional hard rubber brayer, you can now buy beautiful soft spongy brayers that roll like a dream!

They are perfect for an ombre background – like this one in Watermelon Wonder on the loved up anniversary card I made for my parents.

38 years married deserves a pretty card and a whole lot of love!!!

Just Add Ink #348 - Ombre. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can you spot the trio of ombre?

I’ve used a brayer ombre background, beautiful ombre ribbon from the Cupcakes & Carousel Embellishment Kit and picked an ombre colour pallette for my love letters.

Just Add Ink #348 - Ombre. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Everything was finished off with a very liberal application of Wink of Stella to make it all sparkle!!!


We’d love to see you join us this week at JAI with your ombre creations.

Upload them to the Just Add Ink blog.

You can also check out the design team posts by visiting the blog.

Thanks for joining me again!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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It’s All In The Layout!

I’m stopping in quickly today to share with you a card we made at the January class – and then another variation I made, just by changing the colours.

Card making doesn’t have to be hard, or constantly inventive – one of my best tips is to create in multiples.

You can do this several ways …

  • Change the colours
  • Flip the layout to landscape (or portrait)
  • Choose a different sentiment
  • Swap in a different main image (ie, a balloon, butterfly, dragonfly, hot air balloon)

I love banners – and the Triple Banner Punch.  They are great for all types of cards, but particularly good for masculine or neutral cards.

This is the class card we made using the Urban Underground DSP & matching cardstock colours
(which is another time saving tip – let SU! help you with colour matching).

Urban Underground. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I then changed to the card to use the Succulent Garden suite – using the DSP and coordinating cardstock colours.

Succulent Garden. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Next time you sit at the craft table – play around with your designs.  Make some changes and see if you can make a card that’s same-same-but-different with minimal effort.

And while you’re at it, make 2!  That’s a great way to craft efficiently!

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School Pencil Tin – Stampin’ Style!

It’s back to school day here for Miss Papercraft and I know there won’t be any tears in our house.

And why would there with oodles of new stationary to get acquainted with!?!  She’s a demo in the making!

I went the easy (lazy) route this year for school supplies.

The school ordered the stationary for me, Spencil provided the book covers, pencil case, chair cover & backpack and the ever so lovely Madonna at Bold Badger Designs made me pencil labels.

Effort level – minimum, success level – high!


All that time efficiency did leave me a little extra time to get creative, so decided that rather than send Miss P with a naked pencil tin, I’d jazz it up a bit for her with my stamping supplies.

I’m sure I could have also streamlined the pencil tin too, but the booklist suggested a recycled canned fruit tin – and Miss P was excited about eating a tin of peaches!

So, this is my ‘upcycled’ pencil holder…

Upcycled School Pencil Tin with Stampin' Up! supplies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It features burlap ribbon & Whisper White baker’s twine around the middle…

Upcycled School Pencil Tin with Stampin' Up! supplies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And a ‘tag’ for my special Miss, reminding her how amazing she is (not that she lacks any confidence – oh to be 5 again!).

Upcycled School Pencil Tin with Stampin' Up! supplies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The tag is made using the Swirly Scribbles dies, Stitched Framelits, Large Letters and the Bitty Butterfly from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.

The sentiment comes from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set (‘are’ stolen from ‘carefree’) and ‘you’ from the Endless Thanks stamp set.

Upcycled School Pencil Tin with Stampin' Up! supplies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And just like that, my big girl is off to year 1!

{with a cool pencil tin!}

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CASEing the Catty #113 Sale-A-Bration

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Happy Sunday & welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

Each week a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand create projects that are inspired by selected pages from a current Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

It may be a colour scheme, embellishment feature, layout, design or product use that catches our attention.


Today we’re CASEing the first section of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

This includes the Avant Garden stamp set and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

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Both of these products are great – and free with any $90 purchase ($110 in NZ).  There’s no limits, so you can earn the whole catalogue if you’ve got a big wishlist!!!

I’m currently getting lots of use from the Carried Away DSP and matching Lift Me Up bundle.

My project today was a birthday card that matched the styling of the scrapbook page on page 6.

Images © Stampin' Up!

I loved the layout and it came at perfect time to create a birthday card for a work colleague whose name would fit beautifully on the front.

I do love a personalised card!!!

CTC#113 - Sale-A-Bration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

I replicated the balloons as a background feature and carried over the large letters for her name.

The scrapbook page used the medium size balloon – I used the smallest size.

How awesome that the dies come in multiple sizes – perfect for every project!!

One of the things I love most about this project is the added little details on many of the balloons!

CTC#113 - Sale-A-Bration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

All but one of the balloon as are die cut except one – which is heat embossed.  What a cool touch!  The SU! designers are so clever!

CTC#113 - Sale-A-Bration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Of course, because it was her birthday, I needed a birthday stamp too!

For this card I used one from the Tasty Trucks stamp set – which is also a Sale-A-Bration reward.


That’s all from me today.  Next up on the hop is the ever delightful Kathryn

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Please join us on Facebook to upload your very own catalogue inspired creation.  You don’t have to copy exactly, it’s lovely to see the creativity that the catalogue samples inspire.

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Can’t wait to see what you create!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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A 2016 Full of Congratulations

2016 has been a wonderful year for our Stampin’ team – Paper Adventures. We’ve seen lots of personal growth, achievements and promotions – way to go team!

Kerry was the most recent promotion, sky rocketing to Bronze Elite!!!  This means that Kerry now earns a minimum of 25% on every order/sale.

To recognise this great achievement, I used some of my new Occasions & Sale-A-Bration products to create a card and gift set for her.

Hot Air Balloon Congratulations Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Since it was a promotion of Bronze proportions, I added in some of the retired Champagne Glimmer paper for the hot air balloon.

Hot Air Balloon Congratulations Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Tip: It’s tricky to cut through the glimmer paper for detailed dies.  Make it easier by tearing off the plastic layer on the back of the glimmer paper.  This makes the glimmer much thinner & easier to cut through.


The pencil case is super cute with metallic ‘rose gold’ (bronze) dots.  I added a shrink plastic “K” for Kerry using the Large Letters framelits, coloured with a Bronze Sharpie on the back before putting in the oven to shrink.

Shrink Letter Keychain. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Here at Paper Adventures, we’ve grown in size over the past year, but there’s still  lots of room for more adventurers.

How do you join the fun?

Becoming part of the Stampin’ Up! family is as simple as purchasing the starter kit.  It’s just $169 with more than $235 of value.

Apart from the {FREE} set of business resources (catalogues etc), everything is the kit is chosen by you.  It’s not old stock that SU! are trying to get rid of, or things you’ll never use.  It’s your way to build your collection.  And it comes with free shipping.

Which makes it perfect for every stamper – from the new hobbiest to the seasoned crafter.

If you’d like to try out being part of the Stampin’ Up! family, you’re going to love the joining special during Sale-A-Bration – starting 4th Jan 2017, where you get to choose 2 additional stamp sets in your kit (of any value) for the same kit price of $169.

Here’s an example Starter Kit you might choose on 4th Jan…

Sale-A-Bration 2017 recruiting flyer.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If this sounds like an opportunity that might suit you in 2017, click here to take you to the sign up page.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment or send me an email & I’ll be in touch.

And one more tidbit from me… joining Stampin’ Up! is risk & hassle free.  Your craft, your way – always.

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This is how I Stamp-A-Stack – Christmas 2016

On Saturday, I hosted 8 lovely ladies for a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.

What is a Stamp-A-Stack?  Typically, it’s a chance to make cards in bulk.  The card designs are a little simpler, but you walk away with more.

For this reason, they are perfect for Christmas where people often send cards in larger numbers.


When planning my S-A-S, I decided we were going to make 12 cards – 4 each of 3 designs.

The ad went out, and not only did I fill the class I’d advertised, but I filled another one as well!!!

Now, despite knowing that the cards needed to be stripped back a little so we could get through them in the class time, I’m not so good at simple and just love to spoil my class participants with interesting cards.

So, even though I promised 4 cards of 3 designs, I actually ended up making 2 variations of each design so we actually had 2 each of 6 designs in the end.

So, here’s what I ended up thinking of as my the deluxe S-A-S of 2016!!!

Card 1 – a variation of my shrink reindeer CTC swap from OnStage

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 2 – a silver & purple variation of the card above!

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 3 – peekaboo tree card using Build A Birthday

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 4 – peekaboo tree card using Warmth & Cheer washi tape

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 5 – stitched card using Letters for You stamps

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 6 – stitched card using Merry Tags bauble & Large Letters

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The ladies loved the cards and were just fantastic at getting through all my ‘deluxe’ designs within the class time!

I helped them a little by doing some of the elements before the class (like the cute little reindeers) so there wasn’t too much wait time.

Do you have a favourite from the stack of cards?  I think mine is one of the stitched letter cards – maybe the JOY?!

I know they’ll all come in handy when it’s time to start sending cards.  How’s your stash looking?

If you need more supplies, don’t forget my November promotion.  All online orders using the host code TGEH7KV6 during November will go in the draw for $100 of Stampin’ Up! products.

Happy shopping!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com