Paper Adventures Winter Retreat

Winter has hit with a vengence in south west WA – it’s wet, it’s cold and it’s windy!!!

There have been a few glimpses of sunshine before the regular winter programming returns.

Luckily, for us, stamping is an indoor sport – perfect for all weather.  Too hot – craft in the air-con, too cold – craft with the heater on!!!

Last year we started an annual Paper Adventures Retreat Day, hosted by one of our teamies who has a gorgeous residence in the Perth Hills.  2017 saw us travel up for a beautiful spring day.

2018’s planning involved a wet weather winter trek!!!  We arrived safely and had a wonderful day of crafting – and even managed to sneak some sunshine for a team photo.

Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2018 | kelly kent

Retreat days are all about the crafting and eating!!!

The eating was a shared morning tea. lunch & afternoon tea with everyone contributing something delicious for the day.  Our hostess kept us well hydrated with copious cups of tea and fabulous coffee.

The crafting was make & take style with each of us bringing a project in a box.  You make the sample, cut up the kits and put all the materials in a box.  The boxes are passed around and each crafter makes & takes home one of each design.  It needed to be easy enough to make with minimal instruction within a 30 minute time frame.

I wanted to share the new embossing mat with the team, so this was my card for them to make…

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

The butterfly is from the new Sprintime Impressions Thinlits but instead of cutting it, we layered it with the Embossing Mat to leave the outline on the cardstock.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Other supplies in this card are Nature’s Poem DSP, Stitched Label & Stitched Shapes Framelits and Hanging Garden stamp set.

Because each person created with a different box and created a different card in each time slot, I offered an alternative layout using the same pieces –

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

This is always a fun way to create a ‘different’ card but not having to completely design.  Design & colour choices are always the most complex part of creating cards.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Thanks to our Paper Adventures team for being wonderful – they really are the loveliest people I know!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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WA Demo Retreat Blog Hop

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Today I’m taking part in a fabulous blog hop  – it celebrates the make & take projects that were part of our recent WA Demo Retreat Day.

30 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the Perth & South West areas of Western Australia spent the day together crafting, laughing and sharing what we love.

The feedback from the event, which Nicole Wilson & I organised together, has been awesome and I have no doubt there will be another one on the horizon!

The day started at 9am with morning tea, coffee & networking before sitting down for some serious stamping!

Each participant brought make & take project and completed 12 other projects throughout the day.  The variety was awesome and I loved being able to play with stamp sets I don’t own & try techniques I hadn’t done before.

This was my make & take using the Petal Palette stamp set and the masking technique.

Petal Palette for WA Demo Retreat Day | kelly kent

Between making this card and this blog hop going live, Stampin’ Up! has put the Stampin’ Blends into unorderable mode.  They were just so popular that the factory couldn’t keep up with demand.  I know many of you already own a set of Blends, so here’s the instructions anyway.  If you don’t, bookmark this for when the Blends return in late May 2018.

To make this card, you need:

  • Card base: Smoky Slate – 4-1/8″ x 11-3/4″ / 10.5cm x 29.7cm (half A4), scored at 5-7/8″ / 14.8cm
  • Card mat 1: Rich Razzleberry – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ / 10cm x 14.3cm
  • Card mat 2: Whisper White – 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ / 9.8cm x 13.8cm
  • Card insert: Whisper White – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ / 10cm x 14.3cm
  • Scrap of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock with Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet on the back
  • Piece of copy paper slightly larger than mat 2 (approx 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ / 10cm x 14cm)
  • Pearls
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Stampin’ Blends: Rich Razzleberry Light & Dark, Pink Pirouette Dark, Old Olive Light & Dark, Smoky Slate Light
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Rich Razzleberry Ink
  • Petal Palette stamp set
  • Petals & More Thinlits
  • Adhesive of choice (Tape & Tear / double sided tape, Tombow, Snail, Fast Fuse)
  • Repositionable tape or washi tape
  • Wink of Stella

*** Are you a crafter in the US or Canada?  Do you fall in love with Australian, NZ, UK & European cards but the cardstock measurements are all wrong???  Join Stamp In Confidence Module One for a video dedicated to cutting cardstock and converting measurements between International & A4 sizing.  Click here to visit the Stamp In Confidence Blog.

Petal Palette for WA Demo Retreat Day | kelly kent

To make:

  • Cut a circle towards the top middle of your copy paper.  I used the 2-3/4″ / 7cm Layering Circle Framelit.  Discard the circle & keep the rectangle piece of copy paper
  • Adhere to mat 2 using repositionable tape or washi tape on the reverse side
  • Stamp the large flower in the space left by the missing circle and then stamp the smaller flowers to fill in the gaps
  • Allow 5 mins to dry, leave the mask in place
  • Cut the lattice die from the Sweet Sugarplum cardstock while you are waiting
  • Leaving the mask where it is, colour the flowers using Rich Razzleberry & Pink Pirouette Blends and the leaves using Old Olive Blends
  • Taking care around the edges of the circle, colour the background of the circle in Smoky Slate.  If you sweep from the copy paper across to the middle of the circle, you should find it contains better than if you go towards the mask.
  • Once you’ve finished colouring, gently remove the mask.
  • Stamp the Best Wishes sentiment in the bottom right corner (Rich Razzleberry)
  • Add the lattice die cut and wrap & tie the baker’s twine around mat 2.
  • Adhere mat 2 to mat 1 and then this piece to the card base.  Adhere the card insert to the middle of the card.
  • Finish your card with pearls along the lattice and Wink of Stella on the flowers.

Petal Palette for WA Demo Retreat Day | kelly kent

For those that own Blends, you may be storing them in Wood Mount Cases.  A full set fits between two cases.  Might have been travelling naked – so it was time for printable inserts.  Click below to download.  Click here for the link to the Wood Mount Cases.

See the full range of Clear Case Inserts – here.  All free & ready for you to print.

Order the clear cases following the links below:


Keep hopping to my gorgeous partner in retreat organisation – Nicole Wilson – to see her make & take project.

Thank you for joining me for the WA Demo Day Retreat.

If you live in Western Australia (or are willing to travel!) and would be interested in details for the next retreat day, please leave a comment.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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