Amazing Mandy!

Did you see the special I posted this morning for recruits who sign on during Sale-A-Bration?

Mandy joined our Paper Adventures team in January and found a passion she didn’t know she was missing!

Her cards are amazing – check out her newly started blog!


I had the wonderful opportunity of making a celebratory card for Mandy this week – as she promoted to Bronze Elite and earned the final part of the Quick Start program.

Mandy will now get 25% discount on all her purchases (Bronze Elite perk), 10,000 flex points for achieving Quick Start and because she made her first quarter minimum, she’ll get the Better Together stamp set.

How amazing is all that!!!

Here’s the fun card I made to celebrate her success…

I took a few photos of this fun card to try & share all the pretty details with you.

This is his fancy blanket – copper embossed and blinged up with pearls.

I’m enjoying all the different ways you can change this elephant up!

And the inside of the card…

And another view of the front…

I’m really loving this elephant – I’m sure you’ve noticed!!!

A few fellow stampers have blamed me for enabling them!  I’m always happy to lead you down the path of temptation!

Do you have a last minute order before Sale-A-Bration finishes on Friday???

Don’t miss out on those fabulous freebies!


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Colour INKspiration #06

Hello!  Welcome to our second Colour INKspiration for the month of March.

Thank you so much for all the wonderful entries we got for the first challenge for March – #05.  You can see them on our Colour INKspiration Facebook page.

Colour INKspiration #06 gives us a great combination of rich & fresh colours – Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral & all things gold!

For me, I just couldn’t move away from the Middle Eastern luxury feel – which led me back to my favourite elephant!!!

He’s definitely around for the next 2 months – so I’m going to be making the most of him!

How cute is the gold touch on his caparison?  That was inspired by this super cute pink elephant card made by Robyn Cardon.

I carried through the colours to create a fun inside of the card too…

I love splatters and have quite a few stamp sets that work well to create that bottom left to top right splatter pattern!

We’d love for you to join us on the Facebook page to see what other stampers are creating with these colours & to share you own creation.

Speaking of amazing creations (because I know yours will be), please hop on to the gorgeous Lou Kitzelman and see hers.  This lady is a never ending bottle of talent!

Thanks for supporting Colour INKspiration.

We’ve been dazzled by your contributions & amazed by how many people keep joining the fun!


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Just Add Ink #347 Colour Combination

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It’s all about colour this week for the Just Add Ink challenge as we create to this little colour quartet dreamt up by Kim.

Just Add Ink #347

Regals are my least used colour story in the Stampin’ Up! collection.

So, this combo with 2 ‘subtles’ and two regals was definitely a challenge for me.

But, as luck would have it, inspiration struck as I picked up my bag to go out…

Just Add Ink #347 - inspiration photo. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What if, the Lucky Elephant, wasn’t a solid colour – but fabulously floral – like my bag!

And from there, it all flowed!

{LOVE MY BAG? It was a custom creation many moons ago by Kylie at Sew Fun by Kylie.  I think it’s time for a wash!!!}


One of my favourite Brisbane OnStage presentations was by Angela Meiritz-Reid who had all kinds of wonderful ideas for using the elephant from the Occasions catalogue.

This is one of them – outlining the elephant shape with a marker, rather than inking it up.

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I then stamped it onto the Inside the Lines DSP, and using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker, I followed the faint markings to create an elephant outline.

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

From there, it was a matter of colouring the DSP using the challenge colours…

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Then snipping it out and adding the beautiful elephant to a card!

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I had so much fun colouring my elephant, I decided to make another version – but this time with touches of gold!

Using gold embossing powder, I added a gold caparison to his back.

Never heard of a caparison?  That’s what the blanket on the back of an elephant, horse or donkey is called!

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The whole card…

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My tip for colouring with the Regals is to try using an Aqua Painter rather than the markers.  It provides a lighter, softer shade of the same colour.


Please join us with your creation by visiting the Just Add Ink blog.

You can also check out the creativity of the awesome design team.

If you need to place an order to add some of the fabulous Inside the Lines paper (free with any $90 purchase), head over to my online store.  Shop all for your favourites plus Sale-A-Bration rewards will apply until 31st March 2017.

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #110 Party Animal

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Hey there!  Welcome to our first CASEing the Catty blog hop of the year.

We’re hopping around Australia & New Zealand to share projects with you that were inspired by the photos from current Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

New year – new format.  So for 2017, we’re moving to Facebook as our main platform (rather than the CTC blog).

We’ll still be having a weekly blog hop, but all entries will be uploaded to our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.  Click here to request to join us for all the fun.

As well as being excited about the new format, we’re also buzzing with the new products from Sale-A-Bration and Occasions 2017 catalogues last week.  Two new catalogues to CASE and inspire!

Today it’s all about the Party Animal section of the 2017 Occasions Catalogue – pages 4-7.

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The Party Animal suite is all about bold colours & fun animal images.

Although I love the card samples in the catalogue, it was the ceramic animal figures that I was drawn to – particularly the elephant.

And how “lucky” that the new catalogue also contains a fabulous elephant stamp set!!!

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This super cool dude inspired my first card.

I inked up the Lucky Elephant stamp in Versamark, stamped it directly onto the DSP and heat embossed with white powder.

CASEing the Catty #110 - Party Animal Elephants. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I finished it off with a party hat (just like in the catalogue), some white twine, a bold Curry Curry card base and a birthday sentiment.


I always forget that stamping & colouring DSP is an option- but I should do it more often, it’s awesome!

No time like the present.. So I made 2 more embossed elephants using different DSP patterns from the Party Animal pack.

CASEing the Catty #110 - Party Animal Elephants. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

CASEing the Catty #110 - Party Animal Elephants. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Do you love the textured balloons?  They are from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits dies – so many fabulous pieces!

And those birthday senitments???  They are from the Balloon Adventures stamp set, which is part of the Party Animal suite.

You can buy the thinlits & stamp set together for just $90.75 and save yourself 10%.

Want to hear something else awesome?  They balloons in this suite match the existing Balloon Bouquet punch!!!


Next stop on the hop is the wonderful Tricia Raineri.

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If the Party Animal projects are calling your name (and there’s more in this section of the catalogue than just this suite- check out pgs 4-7 of the Occasions catalogue), please join us for our monthly challenge – over on the new Facebook page.

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Thanks for hopping.  Be sure to check in with us each week as we share lots of projects inspired by the catalogue.

It’s a great way to get the most out of the new catalogue products that you buy.

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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Lucky Elephant Christmas Wishes

I love the cross-over time between being able to pre-order as a demonstrator from the upcoming catalogue and still having current catalogues to play with.

For a short period of time, I can double dip – and have twice as much to play with!!!

Which has the potential for all kinds of crazy creations.

Like these lucky elephant Christmas cards…

Lucky Elephant Christmas Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

From the Holiday Catalogue…

Jolly Hat Builder Punch (141847), Warmth & Cheer DSP Stack (141991) and Tin of Tags stamp set (142180).

Lucky Elephant Christmas Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

From the upcoming Occasions Catalogue…

Lucky Elephant Stamp Set (142939 / 142936)


Only a few sleeps til the big day!  I think I’ve sent the last of my Christmas cards out, though it always feels like there’s one more!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com