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.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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!

Shop 24-7 in my online store.

To see products in action, see the colours and feel the quality, book an in-home workshop.  I can travel anywhere within the greater Bunbury area.

I’d love to craft with you & your friends!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

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!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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The Hair Raising Birthday Adventures of Mr Papercraft

Today we celebrate Mr Papercraft’s birthday!

I bought the Dad Jokes stamp set from the Occasions catalogue with great glee because he loves his groan worthy and stereotypical Dad jokes.

And I love stamp sets!

“Hi Hungry, I’m Dad” is on high rotation around here.

But, with the recently hair raising adventures of Mr Papercraft, his birthday card took an ironic (suggestive) turn…

Dad Jokes | kelly kent

Mr P is growing out his hair to transform it into a mullet.  I keep hoping he’s teasing me, but the hair keeps growing.  Here’s a light hearted male model progress photo from Christmas Day….

It seemed like more fun to add a hair pun to the card.  I’ll save the other sentiments for later in the year.

Dad Jokes | kelly kent

TIP: If you’re planning your purchasing & stamps for the year, make sure to buy any of the Father’s Day sets you love to your order before May.  Father’s Day in the US is in June, so these sets rarely continue to be available for our Father’s Day in September.

I’ve mixed in products from the True Gentleman Suite.  I always love the suggestions & coordination Stampin’ Up! provide in their product suites.

Love, love, love the colours & styling of the Truly Tailored stamp set (I’ve masked out the middle of one of the stamps & used the border to frame the scissors), Tailored Tag Punch & True Gentleman DSP.

Dad Jokes | kelly kent

I added the “Happy Birthday, Dad” sentiment to the middle with more pretty paper & burlap ribbon….

Dad Jokes | kelly kent

Happy Birthday to the wonderful man that we are lucky enough to call “Dad”!

When you find him, send him here.  Just kidding!!!

Love you Daddy Papercraft, from the Little Miss Papercrafts xxx

Papercraft HQ | kelly kent

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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Picture Perfect Birthday

Hello!  The Stamping Sunday Design Team would usually hop together on the fourth Sunday of the month, but that’s Christmas Eve, so we’ve brought it forward a week – hopefully you don’t mind!!

Thanks to Sara Levin for all her wonderful work coordinating the Stamping Sunday blog hops in 2017.  What a pleasure to hop with such a talented group of stampers!

The theme for this hop is the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set & coordinating products from the suite.  This range will be available in the upcoming Occasions catalogue!  Get ready for some sensational sneak peeks!

To see a list of everyone joining in this week’s hop, including our marvellous guest designer – Brian King – click on the cute blue frog.

My first project for today is a card for my brother who turns 32 next week.  How convenient that the gorgeous Picture Perfect Party DSP features balloons in the shape of a ‘3’ & a ‘2’.

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

One side of the DSP is photographic images – like the balloons!  And other side is printed patterns like the stripes and Lemon Lime Twist pattern.

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

I’m probably never likely to add ‘celebrate the good stuff’ to a card, so I cut this sentiment up to have ‘celebrate’ on its own.  This way it’ll get lots of use!

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

The photo DSP adds such a realistic element to your projects.  Wait til you see it in person – it has a definite wow factor!


Although this set is very clearly birthday themed, the second project I’m sharing with you is actually for Christmas!  I always like to be able to find the alternative uses in my Stampin’ Up! products.

The gift bow is fantastic for all gift giving occasions – including on this Christmas gift card holder.

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent

This gift card hold is simple to create.  Cut a piece of cardstock to 9-1/4″ x 3″ and score at 3-1/2″ & 7-1/2″.  Add a strip of DSP to the inside (9″ x 2-3/4″).  Decorate the front with coordinating cardstock & DSP (1″ & 3/4″ wide) and the cute bow from Picture Perfect Birthday.  The sentiment is perfect for this card!

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent

You don’t have to add a Bunnings gift card to the middle – but the colour combination works well!!!

I also used the bow as a ‘star’ on the top of my Christmas tree for the card!

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent


Thanks for hopping with us today!

To see more projects, please keep hopping.  Next up on the list is Brian King who has kindly agreed to share his talents with us today.  You’re going to love what he’s made!

Click on the blue frog for the full line-up.

Merry Christmas to you & your family from the Stamping Sunday Design Team!  We’ll be back in 2018 with more Occasions Catalogue projects!

If you live in Australian and I can help you with a copy of the Occasions catalogue, please let me know!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

December Birthdays Blog Hop

I am excited about Christmas and trying my hardest to be ready, but so many beautiful people I know are born between November and February!!!  It’s party central around here!

So, when the lovely Natalie Lapakko invited me to be part of the December Birthdays blog hop, it seemed perfect for my current creative needs!!!

You are visiting with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia, on this international journey.  Hello!!!

The line-up for this hop is crazy talented, so make sure you keep hopping until you get back to where you started so you don’t miss a single project!

I said there’s lots of birthdays happening here…..yes….?

Which means I have a few things to share!  There’s a little something from all the catalogues.

Let’s start with a masculine cowboy card from the Annual Catalogue…

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

I love the variety within the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue!  Can I make a cowboy card for a 40th birthday…. yes I can!!!

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

Complete with a lasso rope embellishment!  And of course, cowboy boots!!!

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

The Woodgrain embossing folder is sadly retired, but if you don’t own it, you could add in more of the gorgeous Wood Textures DSP.


My next share is using the Cat Punch from the Holiday Catalogue.

I was so excited to find out that this cute kitty is on the 2017 Holiday Catalogue Carryover List.  You can find all the details about carrying over and retiring Holiday Catalogue products here.

Birthday Cat | kelly kentHow striking in the black cat in pretty DSP!?

Birthday Cat | kelly kent

The stamp set is the much loved, but shamefully underused Paint Play stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.   You’ll find the Pick at Pattern DSP there too!

Birthday Cat | kelly kent


The final card I’m sharing tonight is a sneak peek from the upcoming Occasions 2018 catalogue….

Bird Banter | kelly kent

One of the new catalogue highlights is the amazing new DSP patterns – wow-oh-wow, they are divine!  The one you see here is the gorgeous Sweet Soiree Speciality paper with silver foiling on every sheet.

Bird Banter | kelly kent

Isn’t this design just the perfect budgerigar colour combination!!!

Bird Banter | kelly kent

And doesn’t he look sweet coloured with the Stampin’ Blends!!!

Blends would make an amazing December birthday present!!!

Or a just because present…..  I love them so much I’m planning on buying a second set for classes.  We’re going to be using these lots!!!

If you’re in Australia and know someone with a birthday that {NEEDS} a Stampin’ Up! gift voucher – get in touch with me!  I can help!!!


For more inspiration that lead to extra items to add to your never ending wishlist, including lots more new catalogue sneak peeks, keep hopping!!!

I’m delighted to be linking to the lady with the best organisational skills – and awesome design talents, Natalie Lapakko in the US!

Thanks for hopping with us, and to Natalie for having us!

If you know someone with a December birthday, make sure to give them a big happy birthday hug or send them a hug in a card.  I’m told the birthday love at this time of the year gets a big overshadowed by Christmas!!

If you’re into making New Years Resolutions – make it to send at least one handmade card by mail next year!  There is truly fewer things in life’s simple pleasures than retrieving an envelope of prettiness from the letterbox!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


December Birthdays Blog Hop

Visit all the amazing designers…

Amy Koenders
Carolynn Sander
Charlet Mallett
Holly Stene
Janneke de Jong
Jay Soriano
Jenny Hall
Jessie Holton
Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
Natalie Lapakko
Rochelle Blok
Stesha Bloodhart
Sylwia Schreck
Tanya Boser