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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Happy Father’s Day 2017

It’s Father Day in Australia!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, father figures, Grandads, Dads-to-be, step-Dads & other amazing men around the world!

Have a great day!

This is the card I made for my Dad using my favourite Large Letters Framelits – always a great option for a personalised card.

Father's Day 2017 | kelly kent

Turns out a tool card was the perfect option for Grandad Papercraft who helped me out yesterday with installing some new storage for my ever-growing stamping supplies.

Father's Day 2017 | kelly kent

I’m so excited to have easy access to all my favourites!

Stamping Storage | kelly kent

And look at all that space to fill!!!

Do you think Mr Papercraft needs some stamps for Father’s Day this year?

I won’t ask him – I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

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Teepee Love!

Do you remember the baby teepee card I made back in May when I was eagerly awaiting being able to order all the stamps on my new catalogue wishlist?

Here it is…

Now that I’ve added the oh-so-cute teepee stamp set – Little One – to my collection, I made the card again using the stamp set.

Little One - Teepee Love | kelly kent

I can’t decide which version I like better!!!  I just think teepees are the cutest baby motif!


I also made a Rich Razzleberry version in this design….

Little One - Teepee Love | kelly kent

These cards were my swaps for our recent team meeting.

Want to be part of an amazing team of like-minded crafters?  You should join Stampin Up! and our Paper Adventures team!  Especially during July – the joining deal is AH-MAY-ZING!  Click here for more info.

Little One - Teepee Love | kelly kent

{PS, if you are trying to place the cute Tranquil Tide washi tape, I stole it from my Soft Sayings kit!}

This stamp set is getting quite a work out – pop back in tomorrow to see another Little One creation for my Colour INKspiration design team card.

So many baby cards – but I just couldn’t resist!


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Welcome Baby – Not So Wild!

One of the cutest new stamp sets from the new catalogue is “A Little Wild”.

It’s only a little wild because really it’s just super cute!

The stamps have a front & a back of each animal – and matching dies to make them into tags!

I can see all kinds of uses for this bundle, but this week I just used the cute little elephant to create a personalised baby card.

I gave my lightbox another go to take these photos only to decide that I’ve been totally spoilt by natural light in the past few months!

So, I think it’ll be back to my wood table & brick wall for the rest of this week!

A Little Wild | kelly kent

The elephant is my favourite stamp from this set – so perfect for new little people!

She’s a little shy looking with closed eyes, but with a Stampin’ Write Marker, I was able to open her up with bright eyes!

A Little Wild | kelly kent

I used one of the cute sentiments in the stamp set to add some prettiness to the inside too!  And another elephant – and some of the gorgeous new washi tape!

A Little Wild | kelly kent

So many pretties!

I love gray as a coordinating colour!  Gray & pink, and gray and yellow are two of my favourite baby combinations!

I’ve got more ‘wild’ projects to share with you later in the week – sparked by an idea I saw on Pinterest!

How many hours a day do you spend on Pinterest compared to actually creating?  I think if you can strike an even balance, you’re doing well!


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Winter Wedding Wishes

Here in Australia, not many people have weddings in June.

Why not?  Because it’s winter and the weather is much nicer October to March, which is when you are most likely to attend a wedding.

On saying that, planning a February wedding isn’t exactly a walk in the weather park either!

We got married on 13th Feb 2009.  The week leading up to the wedding was 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit for those of you needing the other scale) on 4 consecutive days.

We’d chosen black suits with black shirts for the guys and heavy red dresses for the girls (crazy I know but I had a vague Valentine’s theme!).  And of course I had layers upon layers of wedding dress!

In a stroke of wedding luck, the weather dipped down to a pleasant 29 degrees and was gorgeous.

You can control lots about the wedding but not weather! I’ve been to weddings where it’s rained, weddings where it’s been cold & weddings where I’ve been blown away.

One thing you can control is a sensational wedding card!!!


This card was a custom request from a friend who went to a winter wedding last weekend.

One of my personalised creations with a design that was inspired by the invite.

Personalised Wedding Card | kelly kent

The invite had a black & white theme with cute fairy light bunting.

The bride’s new initials will match her husbands so my friend asked that this was a feature of the card.

Would you find it funny or frustrating if your initials were the same?  I ended up with alliterated initials by changing my name – I like it!


This theme was super easy to carry over to the inside of the card with the new Pick a Pattern black & white Washi Tape!

Personalised Wedding Card | kelly kent

This is one of my all-time favourite wedding sentiments.  You’ll find it in the Better Together stamp set.

And you’ll find all your favourite Stampin’ Up! products in my online store.


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The Missing Daisy

As I was running through my Daisy Delight rehearsal the day before my OnStage presentation back in April, I realised I couldn’t find one of the cards I’d made!

Not to panic, I had lots of other ideas to show everyone, but I did wonder what had happened to the card!

Well, fast forward to this week and I found the missing card (ironically while I was looking for something else I thought I’d lost… but actually hadn’t… oh dear!)

I was so excited to see it again – and it’s too cute not to share!

Here it is…

This yellow & navy combination has reminded me how beautiful & bright those colours are together!

There’s a gorgeous page in the Delight Daisy DSP full of yellow flowers on a blue background!!!

Here’s another view….

Subbing out a letter for an image is a great way to add creativity to a word.

The ‘you’ is from the Daisy Delight stamp set.  Because it’s photopolymer, I have actually cut the ‘thank you’ into two parts.  This means I can use them separately, or line them one of top of each other.  If I want the whole word, it just pieces back together on the block!

Are you a stamp cutter???  Or does that idea just send you into a tail spin?

Cutting or no cutting, these stamps will be available on Thurs when the Annual Catalogue launches!

CASEing the Catty #125 Occasions – Favourite Big Shot Project

Thanks for joining me for a CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.  The design team will share their projects for the week in this blog hop.

Then, we ask you to join us and share your creations.  You can find all the action on our Facebook page.

The theme this for CASEing the Catty #125 is Favourite Big Shot projects from the Occasions catalogue.

As always, a hard decision!  But I decided to create with the Dynamic Hexagon embossing folder – because I love it, which definitely makes it a favourite!

It’s currently part of the Urban Undergound suite in the Occasions catalogue and will appear again in the 2017-2019 Annual Catalogue!

I have cased the “Dad” card on the left, and transformed it into a baby card!

CASEing the Catty #125 Occasions Big Shot Projects | Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

This embossing folder has no limits of use and looks great on pretty much every card!

I can cause cracking on your cardstock.  To prevent this, spritz your card with water before putting it in the folder.  Sounds crazy – but it works!

I made the inside a little more ‘baby’ than industrial using the Moon Baby stamp set (also carrying over – yay!).

CASEing the Catty #125 Occasions Big Shot Projects | Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

Did you know that all bundled pricing finishes at the end of each catalogue cycle – even if the products carry over to another catalogue. That means that you have just over a month to get a 10% discount on the Large Letters framelits & coordinating stamp set. They are definitely a huge investment – but well worth it! And 10% helps!!!
And, while they are bundled, it’s possible to include them in your starter kit!!
Join my Paper Adventures team for the Starter Kit price of $169 and include this bundle (item number: 142348) as your kit selection (remember: it’s fully customisable).  You’ll get free shipping too – saving you even more!

There’s so much choice for creating this week – please join us in using the catalogue as your inspiration for a Occasions catalogue Big Shot themed creation.

Add your creation to the CTC#125 album on our Facebook page.

Continue the hop by visiting the delightful Rebecca Scurr and seeing what she has made.


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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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