Happy Mail!

It’s always exciting to have parcels containing new products arrive on the doorstep.  Yesterday I unpacked, sorted and repacked 6 boxes of fabulous new goodies!

Stampin' Up! - The best kind of doorway hazard!!! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

They weren’t all for me!  So this morning, I delivered stamps, paper and bags of fun to my lovely local stampers.


And this afternoon, I’ve had a chance to get inky and play with my new things!!!

What to ink first was an easy choice for me.  My instant catalogue favourites were the Foxy Friends bundle(stamps, punch & DSP) and the Letters For You / Large Letters bundle (stamps & framelits).

And this is what they look like together…

Foxy Friends bundle & Large Letters bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can you spot all the new products???  As well as the ones I mentioned above, there’s also the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set, letters from the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and the Classic Label punch.

Back to the craft table now – I’ve got so many ideas and so little time!!!  Kelly x

PS, so many thanks to my ever patient husband!!!

Tempted by any of the products I used?  

Here’s the list with direct links to my online store. 

Celebrate with a Playful Pals Lego Man!

Let’s celebrate – it’s another great (and simple) use for the Playful Pals stamp set.  This set is great for kids creations, so when I wanted to make a Lego head for a custom birthday card, I thought I’d try it out!

I love how simple it is to create because all the pieces are ready to go. Eyes – check!  Smile – check!  Head – check!  And even a block to make him look like a Lego head!

Playful Pals Lego Man. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love using letter stamps to add personalised touches – especially for kids that will never have their name on any stationary in the newsagency.

Did you have a name like that?  I did ok as a child – Kelly was a very popular name in the 80s!  Not so much so now – I don’t think I’ve come across a young child called Kelly.


Quinn’s birthday present is a bag full of Lego men.  My girls love Lego, but I have discovered it is incredibly difficult to buy individual Lego people for free play.  You can get themed ones in sets, but not a handful of random men.  That is, until I found a top-secret supplier!  I really hope Quinn’s Lego collection enjoys an influx of 20 new Lego friends!

Now, how to wrap 20 oddly shaped Lego men?  My answer for any difficult to wrap present is always a gift bag.

The Petite Cafe Gift Bags are one of the hidden gems of the Annual Catalogue.  You’ll find them on page 151 along with other great packaging ideas.

The Cafe bags are super cute to style & add your own personal (Lego) touch!

Playful Pals Lego Man card & Petite Cafe Gift Bag. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If you didn’t want to fill your bag full of Lego men, you could put lots of other things inside.  They are approx 8.9 x 6.4 x 20.3cm and totally safe for holding food.

Happy birthday Quinn – looking forward to celebrating with you!  Kelly & the little misses x

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Stamp Review Crew – White Christmas

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Hello again and thanks for joining me on another Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I’m still buzzing with the fun of knowing I get to create with all this talent twice a month!

Use the next & back buttons at the bottom of each post to go between all the posts.  If you get lost, head back to the Stamp Review Crew main page where you’ll find a list of everyone who’s playing along today.  Have you hopped via Val & her amazing creations? Next up is the gorgeous Holly.  If you get back here, you’d made the full circle of inspiration


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The chosen stamp set this hop is White Christmas from the Annual Catalogue.  It’s lovely to have a choice of Christmas sets year round – though I confess to you now that White Christmas is not a set I own.  My lovely upline was kind enough to let me borrow her stamp set to have a play for this hop.

Why don’t I own such a cute stamp set???  Because in country Western Australia where I live, it {NEVER} snows at Christmas time (it’s usually hot, hot, hot!).  It actually never snows in Bunbury any time of the year.  The only place it snows in my state is at Bluff Knoll about 4 hours south.  And people who live in the snow would probably laugh at our little snowy mountain!

I think travelling somewhere for a white Christmas is on the bucket list of many Australians!  It’s certainly something I’d love to do one day!  I’m thinking Japan….


Anyways, enough chat…. what does a girl do with a snow based Christmas set when she never makes White Christmas cards?

She uses all the cute little images and makes other types of cards of course!  This is perfect for being able to use a Christmas set year-round!

The first card I’m sharing with you is a baby card using the polar bear stamp – how super cute is that bear?

Stamp Review Crew - White Christmas. Alternative card ideas: Polar Bear Hello Baby card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The next card is my favourite – a camping themed set using the trees & car stamps from the set.  It’s perfectly outdoorsy and just makes me happy!

Stamp Review Crew - White Christmas. Alternative card ideas: Love This Life camping card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And the last card was inspired by the sketch at Just Add Ink #305 this week.  Jump over to JAI to see all the details!

Stamp Review Crew - White Christmas. Alternative card ideas: Birds on a wire birthday card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


So, when is White Christmas all shades of the rainbow?  When Mrs Papercraft is at the craft table!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my alternative design ideas for the White Christmas stamp set.  They were lots of fun to make!  Kelly x

Next blog on the hop is Holly & her fabulous designs.

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More Minion Mayhem!

My Minion Flip Card Picture Tutorial is still one of the posts that generates the most traffic week to week, even though it’s been in circulation for over 18 months.  Those Minions sure have some staying power!

If you love Minions, you may also like the Owl Punch Minion and the Character Box Minion.

Or you may like a simple full card front Minion like this one…

Full card front punch art Minion card - instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Minion Instructions:

  • C6 card front – Daffodil Delight, corners rounded
  • Goggles: 1-1/2″ & 2″ circle – Silver Foil; 1/2″ x 1″ Basic black
  • Eyes: 1-1/4″circle (Whisper White), 1/2″ circle (Soft Suede), Owl Builder medium circle (Early Espresso); White Gel Pen
  • Mouth: Large oval – Hello Honey
  • Overalls: 3-5/8″ x 2″ – Pacific Point
  • Overall Straps: 1/2″ strip – Pacific Point, trimmed to edge of card
  • Buttons: Owl Builder Punch – Basic Black
  • Pocket: Handpicked Framelits – Pacific Point, white embossing
  • Letters: Cameo cut (Las Vegas font) – Pumpkin PIe

*** I used the Window Sheet & retired Shaker Frames to give the goggles a 3D effect.

If you’re a regular visitor to my papercraft journey, you’ll know I get on a bit of a run with a particular project and end up making all kinds of variations.  At the moment, it’s jellybean boxes (instructions here).

So, here is my jellybean Minion box…

Minion Jellybean Dispenser Box. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

 

Punch sizes for the goggles (3/4″ & 1″ circle; 5/8″ strip) & eyes (5/8″ circle framelit, Owl Builder & Cupcake Builder).  Mouth made using the reverse punch on the Gift Box Punch Board.

When they turn out this cute, who can resist!!!  May the Minion mayhem continue!   Kelly x

Minion Birthday Set - Card front punch art Minion & Jellybean Dispenser box. Instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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The Demonstrator Happy Dance, Pink Glimmer & Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die…

There’s a collective happy dance doing the rounds today among Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  Today is the beginning of pre-order for the upcoming Occasions catalogue.

And, the added bonus is that all qualifying demonstrator orders during December earn Sale-A-Bration rewards.  That means that demonstrators can earn free products for 4 months of the year!!!

You have probably already seen the new range infiltrating your Pinterest and Google searches.  Well, as those big brown boxes of pre-order goodness start arriving, you can expect to be dazzled by more.

Two of my favourites are the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies… they are instant {wow} and so lovely!

Occasions Catalogue 2016 Sneak Peak - Love Blossoms suite: Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper & Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies. I am in {LOVE}! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Love Blossom suite is perfect romance.  I am in {LOVE}!

Check out this engagement card I put together yesterday…

Occasions Catalogue 2016 Sneak Peak - Love Blossoms suite: Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies & Love Blossoms DSP paper stack. I am in {LOVE}! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

With a custom message inside – I think the little touch of glimmer just sets it all off.

Custom Engagement Card: Sweetheart Punch, Back to Basics Alphabet stamp set, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper & Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can’t wait to share more sneak peaks with you as we travel the pathways to a new catalogue.

But, don’t forget that the current Holiday Catalogue is still in action and will be until 5th Jan 2016 or until products are sold out.  If there’s anything you’ve been considering, get in touch with me to place an order – or do it yourself online.

If you’d like to join me in the demonstrator pre-order happy dance (get products early, earn free products for 4 months of the year, save money on your favourite supplies), you can find more info about joining my Stampin’ Up! team here.  Your $169 starter kit is fully customisable and can include pre-order products.  Happy dance …. happy, happy, happy!  Kelly x

Awesomely Retired – favourites I won’t part with!

Several times a year Stampin’ Up! retire or discontinue products from their range.  Some of these return as lovely specials on the clearance rack but most are never orderable again.  It always amuses me to see people chasing retired products on buy & sell sites only months after they were freely available.  There are some products that are worth more retired than during their time in the catalogue.  Traditionally, Stampin’ Up! holds its value very well – which {ALWAYS} makes it a good investment!

For the first time, Stampin’ Up! is giving us advance notice of what will be carrying over from the current Holiday catalogue and what will be retiring.  You can see the full list of retiring products here.

My top 6 Holiday catalogue must-haves

(the ones I’ll be sorry to see go): 


Every so often I go through my collection and re-home things that don’t float my boat anymore.  Some products make it through first time around, but then gather dust and get added to the pile later on.

There are always some of my favourites that never make the list.  Sometimes they are sentimental, sometimes I just want to own them! There’s some ‘just in case’ keeping (just in case I want to make a card with that crazy theme) and the stamp sets where I love one particular stamp (but never use the others – we all have that, right?).

Today I’m sharing with you two cards I recently made that are classic examples of why I like to keep my some of my retired Stampin’ Up!…

  1. Punch art! Punches never go out of fashion!!!  This Spiderman punch art card uses quite a few punches that are now retired – punches that I kept, so I was pleased that I didn’thave to try to match alternatives to create the shapes.  You can find Natasha’s punch art tutorial here.  I also miss a larger text alphabet, so have kept the Perfect Print bigz dies.  And you never know when you’ll need a retired spider web embossing folder!

Spiderman Punch Art card (using tutorial by Natasha Hein). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

2. When someone asks you to make a card with very specific parameters.  This one had to be hot pink & bling for an amazing woman.  I love the Making Spirits Bright stamp set from last year’s Holiday catalogue and Painted Petals from the 2015 Occasions catalogue.  I’m holding on to both of those for some time to come!

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So, the moral of today’s stamping story, is that if you think you’ll miss something from the current seasonal catalogue, make sure you order it now!  All products on the retiring list are available until 4th January 2016 or while stocks last.  I’m getting a big pile of black glimmer paper!!!

After this date there’s a whole new catalogue of wonder to fall in love with {and you will!!!}.  Kelly x

Mr & Mrs “Still in Love”

Today a lovely couple we know renewed their wedding vows in Bali.  I had the pleasure of making the invites last year…

"We still do" vow renewal wedding invite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And was asked by a mutual friend to create a wedding card for them.  I had free licence to ‘have some fun’ so thought that a play on the relaxed, tropical Bali wedding theme would be just the thing.

Mr & Mrs "Still in Love": Bali vow renewal wedding card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Bali wedding punch art.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This was a fun card to create and I know they’ll love it!  I’ve seen a couple of photos and it looks like they had an amazing day – still very much in love!  Happy wedding day (again) to Mr & Mrs Dawson.  Kelly x

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My Little Pony Extravaganza

Mr Papercraft and one of the misses are off to a My Little Pony themed birthday party today while I slave away in my real job!!! I suppose someone has to earn money for all the stamps I buy!

Being the excellent wife I am, I made sure he was all set for the event with a card and present to match the occasion.

With the help of my Silhouette, this is my pony creation…

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If you want to make your own pony, click here for the Silhouette download link.

Although I had some help with the pony, lots of features in the card are courtesy of my ever-faithful Stampin’ Up! collection. Can you spot them?

  1. The rolling grassy hills are made using the Sleigh Ride framelits.  Just snip off the tress, houses or Santa and you have a perfect curvy line.
  2. The cardstock (except the pink glimmer, which was leftover from another project) is all Stampin’ Up!
  3. The balloon on Pinkie Pie (did my Google research once again!) uses the Chalk Talk framelits and silver metallic thread.
  4. The birthday sentiment is from Remembering Your Birthday
  5. As always, the owl & cupcake builder punches came in handy for the finishing touches on the eye
  6. And although retired, I still love my Perfect Print Bigz dies for the lettering.

I hope Mr Papercraft enjoys Emily’s My Little Pony party.  He’s on a roll this week – it’s the 3rd children’s birthday party he’s attended!!!  Might get him to make the card & buy the present for the next one and get the full party experience!  {I’ll even let him share my SU!}  Kelly x

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Stampin’ Up! & E-Cutting this Halloween

As you travel around the blogs of avid card users, you’ll notice that many have other tools that supplement their favourite hobby.  Apart from most crafters loving the hobby of building their collection, there’s good reason to supplement your Stampin’ Up! stash.

Tools (aka: toys for big girls) are a great way to extend what your favourite products can do for you.  For me, the addition of an e-cutter (I have a Silhouette Cameo) made it possible for me to use the great basics in the Stampin’ Up! range to create wonderful custom designs.  I most often use it for lettering to create personalised creations.  But it’s also great for cutting shapes that are just too tricky with punches or dies.

The other great benefit of an e-cutter (once you’ve bought your machine), is the cost effectiveness of just buying what you need.  These Halloween invites are a perfect example.  Halloween isn’t a big holiday in Australia.  Many people don’t celebrate or participate in the festivities and so I usually bypass the ghosts & ghouls in the holiday catalogue.

But … this year Miss 4 decided she wanted to have a Halloween party with family.  Mostly I think so she could persuade me to buy her another costume for the dress-up collection.  So, with a tea party in the planning stages, we used a spider web cut file and e-cut lettering to create these Halloween invites…

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Dress ups optional but encouraged!  I’m sure it will be a fun afternoon with my little witches.  Now, what to dress up as … Kelly x

Endless Birthday Wishes

Endless Birthday Wishes is just of of the sets available in the “Endless” range from Stampin’ Up!.  Last Christmas they brought out Endless Wishes (now retired sadly!).


Then they brought out Endless Birthday Wishes in the US market and luckily for everyone in the South Pacific, it appeared in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue along with Endless Thanks.  Both sets are only $A28 – making them an affordable and versatile addition to your stamping collection.  The builder style of sentiment makes it easy to create a range of themed cards by adding the elements together.

For this first birthday card, I combined the Endless Birthday Wishes with Little Letters thinlits…

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It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but the candle flames have a touch of Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details.  One of my SU! team, Sonia, swears by glitter on everything – and I think she’s dragging me to the sparkly side, one card at a time!  I’ve been adding sparkles to more than a few of my cards lately.  It really does finish the card off!  Full sparkle ahead!!!  Kelly x

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