Hats Off to DSP

If there’s one thing I love every new catalogue, it’s new DSP options. And I’m excited to be able to share that starting from 1st July and running until 2nd August, we can all enjoy 15% off selected DSP.

I’ve used three different DSPs on these cards – can you pick them?

They are all reverse patterns which makes it a little hard to place them but you may be surprised! The Cajun Craze pattern is from the In The Wild DSP, the Bumblebee pattern is from the Pansy Petals DSP and the Just Jade pattern is from the Sweet Symmetry DSP.

The stamp set for these cards is the Hats Off set, together with the Hat Builder Dies. I love how many themes you can use to create fun & easy cards using this bundle. It also has great sentiments and the stitching on the hat die takes it to a whole other level of detail!

You can place an order in my online store for DSP and all the Stampin’ Up! S supplies on your shopping list. Click here to browse the online store.

Birthdays are the new Christmas | gold pineapple

Happy Boxing Day! As we head into that glorious period between Christmas and New Year where we are lucky enough to all be on holidays here at Papercraft HQ, it’s mighty hard to remember what day it is! But with nothing on the agenda other than what to eat next and when we’re next going swimming, that’s not really a problem!

How was your Christmas yesterday? Did some of the most lovely presents under the tree have your name on them? Did you get to spend the day with family & friends? Was the day peaceful and merry? I hope at least one of these things happened for you, if not all three. We had a lovely day with my family – eating, drinking and enjoying the beautifully warm weather.

As well as celebrating Christmas at this time of the year, we also celebrate my brother’s birthday, which was just a few days before Christmas.

As well as a board game he wanted, I took a gamble on getting him pineapple cider for his present. It was a lucky choice and he loved it! Not one to pass up the opportunity to coordinate a gift and card, this creation was a mix of the gift bag his present was packed into and the pineapple cider theme.

Gold Pineapple | kelly kent

The pineapple die cut is from the In the Tropics Dies in Basic Black for the fruit and Gold Foil for the leaves. The DSP is from a retired one from my stash – I’d tell you which one but I can’t find it now! My retired DSP stash is extensive – I can’t bear to part with any of it in case it’s perfect for a card in the future (like this one).

Gold Pineapple | kelly kent

I kept the front sentiment free and added ‘happy birthday’ to the middle in gold metallic ink – another retired favourite. The Approaching Perfection stamp set is a new one you’ll be able to earn for free in Jan & Feb 2021 with any $90 purchase as part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion.

Approaching Perfection | kelly kent

Simple is good when it comes to those guy cards!

Happy birthday to my baby bro. You can check out his beautiful photography on his instagram – The Life of Py.

Birthday Brother | kelly kent
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Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2020

On an unseasonally wet weekend in March 2020, our Paper Adventures team headed to Perth for our annual Paper Adventures Team Retreat hosted by Siobhan Fitzsimmons of Hightrees House of Cards.  We all reflected that the last team day we had it rained too!!!  Rainy days do make for great crafty days!

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I always look forward to getting together with the team.  And a whole day – yee har!  We were lucky that 9 of the team were able to make it on the selected day.  Siobhan put on a lovely venue for us as always and we had a great time.  We even had a whole table of Big Shots – what a sight!

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The format of our retreat days has stayed the same since we started – it’s all about the time stamping with regular opportunities to eat, and lots of chat and plenty of laugher.  We each bring along a make & take project with all materials and kits for the team to recreate the design.  There are usually less kits than people, so you don’t get to make all of the projects but you do come away with a bag full of completed cards with pretty designs, often using stamps you don’t own.

This is the card I made.  I wanted a masculine card using a stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

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Stamp sets: For the Win, Lined Alphabet
DSP: Country Club
Colours: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy
Embossing Folder: Subtle
Dies: Stitched Shapes

The card needed to be simple enough for the team to put together in 20 mins, but interesting enough to be fun for an avid crafter.  My card had several added elements to take it from simple to simple + including an embossed layer, a little but of fussy cutting, some colouring and heat embossing.

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I also added the option to stamp the envelope for anyone who finished early.

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If you live in Perth or South West WA and would like a supporting & welcoming stamping team to join, then Paper Adventures might be a good fit for you.  We have an active Facebook page, meet regularly and value the friendships as much as the stamping.  Click here for more information on joining Stampin’ Up! or click here to purchase the starter kit and join the fun!

Thanks again to Siobhan for hosting and to the team for making it an amazing day!

Just Add Ink #485 | One Layer

The best challenges are the ones that really challenge us – and although one of the simplest, the ‘back to basics’ of our Just Add One Layer challenge this week for Just Add Ink will certainly make you look at your supplies in a totally different way!

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My favourite way to add dimension when I am working with only a card base is to using masking.  This creates definition and the appearance of layers even though there’s not!

For the Win | kelly kent

To create this fun card perfect for a sports mad birthday buddy or difficult to craft for teen, I first cut a circle out of copy paper and used repositionable tape to hold it in place on the card front.

Then, using the ball stamps in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Bushel and Memento ink, I stamped the images all over the card base.

For the Win | kelly kent

Before I removed the copy paper circle, I drew around the edge with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and then carefully removed the copy paper circle, leaving me with a white space to stamp my sentiment in Garden Green.

For the Win | kelly kent

And there we have it, a quick & easy card for the sports fan celebrating a birthday.

Love the stamp set and need this in your collection?  It’s called For the Win and is in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  There’s also a golf stamp which will coordinate perfectly with the new golf suite being released in the 2020 Jan – June catalogue.

For the Win | kelly kent

Think you can avoid the temptation of adding layers and want to try out one layer challenge, we’d love to see your creations in our gallery.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can share your card and see the other one layer creations from the design team.

Have a great weekend,

See You Later Large Letters!

As with every catalogue transition, products retire to make room for new products we didn’t know we needed!

Unfortunately, sometimes that list contains catalogue favourites and it’s easy to assume products will be around forever – like the Large Letters.  I was surprised to see these staple dies on the Last Chance Retirement List.  They are a big ticket item – which means they may have always been on your list but never quite made it to the top.  If you think you’ll regret not adding them to your collection, now is the time!  They are available until 3rd June (or stocks sell out).

Large Letter Dies are great for personalisation – like these eclipse cards that were trendy in 2018, and still fun to make in 2019!

Happy Birthday Eclipse | kelly kent

As well as the large letters retiring, all the current DSP is on the Last Chance list too.  Make sure you’ve got a spare pack of all your favourites.  For this card, I’ve used the Best Route DSP.

Happy Birthday Eclipse | kelly kent

Don’t worry, not everything on this card is retiring.  The Stitched Rectangle Dies and the Well Said stamp set (both used for my sentiment) are very firmly in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  Phew!!!

You can shop for any of your Last Chance Retirement List items in my online store – open 24/7 and shopping late at night in your pjs in encouraged.

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I’ll continue to share a variety of Stampin’ Up! products over the next couple of weeks as we near the start of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue – which launches on 4th June.  Check back for more retirement list products, carryover favourites and new catalogue sneak peeks!  To make sure you don’t miss anything, subscribe to receive emails updates with every blog I post.

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Just Add Ink #440 | Something New

Happy New Year from the Just Add Ink team!  We’re starting 2019 with a blog hop where you’ll jump between design team members in a great journey of creativity.

Today’s theme is “Something New” and I’m so excited to see what everyone has made!!!

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I’m sharing with you a couple of cards I made using products from the new Classic Garage Suite in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

I’m always quick to add the new ‘guy suite’ to my collection.  Masculine themed cards can be the hardest sometimes – but a coordinated suite always makes it easier for me!!!

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This suite comes with a stamp set (new cling style), framelits, DSP & cardstock pack, ribbon and oh-so-cool metal embellishments.

My first card uses the stamp set, framelits & DSP to create a fun card…

Classic Garage | kelly kent

White, gray, black and a contrasting colour (Tranquil Tide in this case) is always a favourite colour combination of mine.  I love it when the DSP falls into place!

Classic Garage | kelly kent

Each strip of DSP is 4″ x 2″ which makes this card perfect for mass production because you’ll get 4 strips  from each 6″ x 6″ DSP sheet.

I was pleased to see the Black Foil carryover and continue to be available in 2019.  It’s perfect for cutting the cogs & gears.  It’s best to apply Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet to your foil or cardstock before you cut to make it super easy to add the detailed image to your card.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

I couldn’t resist adding my favourite Rectangle Framelits.  The sizes available in this set fill a gap that had been frustrating me – sentiment panels!


The second card features more of the awesome DSP – this time the front & reverse side…

Classic Garage | kelly kent

The DSP is cut at 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ and then the remaining strip cut at 3-7/8″.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

I love this layout for a quick & easy card.  The Happy Birthday sentiment from the Perennial Birthday stamp set is the perfect size (and font) to complete the patterned DSP.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

And the metal key element is a nice touch to finish it off!  I always buy the themed embellishment – it’s great for taking a card to the next level.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  We’d love for you to join the Just Add Ink challenge and share your ‘something new’ with us.  It could be a new product in your craft stash, a new technique you’re trying or a new brand you’ve found.  Click on the image below to visit the Just Add Ink blog for all the details.

Keep hopping for more fabulous inspiration – next up is Joanne Stubbing‘s beautiful birthday card with her new Stampin’ Up!

Have a great weekend,


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It’s Time to end MND

I rarely post sympathy cards on my blog.  There’s not usually a happy reason to need to send a sympathy card – even if it’s the end of awful suffering.  The loss of a family member, friend or acquaintance is always a sad time.

A family friend lost his battle with MND (Motor Neuron Disease) last week.  If you live outside of Australia, you may know it as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).  It affects the way nerves work – causing the muscles to gradually weaken and waste, as the nerves degenerate and die. Muscles across the body are affected and functions such as talking, walking, eating & breathing become increasingly difficult.  It’s such a horrible disease and one that has affected my extended family, as well as so many families around the world.

In lieu of flowers, we made a donation to MND Research – an organisation driven forward by the vision to understand the causes, find effective treatments and discover cures for MND.

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Click here to donation to MND Australia or MND Research.


If there is such a thing as a manly sympathy card, I wanted to make one!  So Waterfront & Wood Textures DSP was my go to.

Waterfront Sympathy | kelly kent

The Waterfront panel was made using the baby wipe technique – I didn’t want crisp and I wanted to include a variety of colours.  My baby wipe was coated with Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green & Tranquil Tide reinkers.  This was used to stamp the mountains and grass at the bottom of the scene.

The water, trees & sand bank were inked first in the main ink colour (Coastal Cabana, Tranquil Tide & Crumb Cake – respectively, but separately) and then stamped on the inky baby wipe to create a distressed effect.

Waterfront Sympathy | kelly kent

The sympathy sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings – such a great staple to suit a range of card making occasions.

Waterfront Sympathy | kelly kent

#makeacardsendacard, even if the reason is sad.

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Stamp Review Crew | Truly Tailored

With 5 Mondays in April, it’s time for a bonus hop!

The Stamp Review Crew are hopping today with lots of wonderful creations featuring the Truly Tailored stamp set.

This stamp set coordinates with the Tailored Tag Punch, True Gentleman DSP, Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon and True Gentleman Buttons.  We’ll be seeing the tag punch & buttons in the new catalogue, but the rest has made an appearance on the retirement list.  I expect this suite will sell out fast!!!

Don’t forget that our Father’s Day is at a completely different time of the year to the US Father’s Day, which means we don’t usually end up with a good offering of masculine / Father’s Day specific sets by September.  It’s time to plan ahead with your DSP & stamp choices!!!


For this hop I used my favourite page of the True Gentleman DSP – the glasses.  The stamp set has a matching sentiment for a funky & stylish card!

Stamp Review Crew - Truly Tailored | kelly kent

I also love the reverse side of this paper – why do they do that to me???

While I had this paper on my desk, I thought I’d make a more involved card by matching it with glasses from the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set

Stamp Review Crew - Truly Tailored | kelly kent

It required some fussy cutting to get the glasses – but worth it for this fun card!  What a perfect sentiment to from the Truly Tailored stamp set!

You really can’t beat the easy coordination of buying products from a suite put together by the Stampin’ Up! artists.

Stamp Review Crew - Truly Tailored | kelly kent

There’s lots of new suites to look forward to in the new catalogue!

But make sure you don’t miss out on any of your retiring favourites!

Next stop for some more ‘tailor’ made fun is my super stylish friend Lou Kitzelman!

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True Gentleman

I always look forward to the masculine theme suite that is released in the Occasions Catalogue.  Last year we played with tools in the Nailed It Suite.

This year it’s all bow ties, combed hair and smart spectacles for the True Gentleman Suite.  Time to create a whole range of ‘dapper’ cards.

Using a whole product suite really makes it easy to whip up designer cards!

Here’s the full range of True Gentleman products…

The coordinating colours are Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide & Very Vanilla.


Here’s a couple of cards I’ve made using the products…

The first card uses the punch & DSP to create a tiled background – isn’t it a great shape!!

True Gentleman | kelly kent

You can nudge the punched shapes up against each other, or if you prefer, leave a gap like I did so the card base colour comes through too.

True Gentleman | kelly kent

There’s so many options within my existing craft stash that coordinate with this suite including the Burlap Ribbon & Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in Night of Navy..


The second card I’m sharing for today uses the “have a dapper day” stamp from the Truly Tailored stamp set.   I added the ‘birthday’ from the Birthday Wit stamp set – it coordinates so well!!

Dapper Birthday | kelly kent

How awesome is that plaid DSP??

Dapper Birthday | kelly kent

And you’ve got to love the embellishments from this suite – Corduroy Ribbon & True Gentleman wood buttons!

Dapper Birthday | kelly kent


Make sure to order these supplies before May, ready for our Father’s Day in September.  The seasonal offerings don’t line up with the US for Father’s Day, so you’ll need to plan ahead!

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Masculine

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Welcome to our first Paper Adventures Blog hop of 2018!

We are lucky to be joined by January’s guest designer – the gorgeous Jenny Hall.  Jenny lives in the US and is currently freezing & surrounded by snow!

The theme for today’s hop is ‘masculine’ and I can’t wait for our talented team to share their ideas with you.

It’s a male heavy birthday month here at Papercraft HQ.  Mr Papercraft enjoyed his birthday earlier in the week.

I often make a couple of cards for him – one from me and one from the girls (you can see theirs here using the hilarious Dad Jokes stamp set).

This is the card I made for him to go with his beer using new products from the Occasions Catalogue.  You’ll see the Bubble Over stamp set, Bottles & Bubbles Framelits dies (page 32) and the awesome new Narrow Notecards & Envelopes (find them on page 19!), plus Tutti Frutti DSP (page 29).

Mr Papercraft’s favourite special occasion ‘treat himself’ beer is a local brew called Little Creatures Pale Ale.  One might actually call it a ‘craft beer’!!!

Bubble Over - Little Creatures | kelly kent

The brewery is about 2 hours from where we live now and 20 mins from where I grew up as a child.  Their venue is amazing and they serve yummy food too!

This is us enjoying a lazy afternoon at Little Creatures on a family holiday last year.  Little Creatures has a sand pit, so the Little Miss Papercrafts were off playing!

Mr & Mrs Papercraft | kelly kent

PS, the shirt Mr Papercraft is wearing in this photo is actually from a different brewery – “Beer is better than therapy”.  It always gets a good chuckle & nod from people who read it when we’re out!  Mr P loves his beer!!!


It was fun to take the elements of the beer design and use Stampin’ Up! products to create a crafty version.

And when you’re having fun, who wants to stop at one???

This is Mr Papercraft’s ‘everyday beer’ of choice – Carlton Dry.

Bubble Over - Carlton Dry | kelly kent

And his favourite holiday beer – Bintang (available in Bali)

Bubble Over - Bintang | kelly kent

The Narrow Notecards and Envelopes are a great size and the long narrow style adds some diversity to your supplies.

Each piece of Tutti Frutti DSP is softened with an overlay of vellum which curled in the heat of the day while I was quickly taking photos.  I don’t mind this look, but if you wanted it to stick, daub some Multipurpose Adhesive glue in the corners or use Fast Fuse.  Both are transparent options for sticking down vellum.

I also used the DSP to line the envelope for a great coordinating touch.  Cut a circle (any size smaller than the flap will work, I used 2-5/8″ from the Layering Circle Thinlits).

Bubble Over Beer | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite beer? I haven’t managed to acquire a taste for beer.  Every now & again I’ll have a sweet apple cider, but I can’t stand the smell/taste of beer.

Nanna Papercraft tried a Radler beer (beer with lime/lemon) recently and loved it!  It sounds interesting and refreshing!

There’s lots of amazing weather here in Western Australia at the moment.  We’ve been having lots of fun outdoors – I hope my craft table isn’t feeling too neglected!!!

Not quite the same story for Jenny with the cold & snow in the US!  She’s spending plenty of time indoors, though her boys have been home on a break from school, so I’m not sure her craft table has seen as much action as usual either!

Visit Jenny Hall next on the blog hop….

Thanks for joining us!

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