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

 

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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!

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

CASEing a Coffee Card

I hit up the catalogue this week for a card using the Coffee Cafe stamp set.

Do you ever use your catalogue for inspiration?

CASEing refers to “Copy And Share Everything” or “Copy And Selectively Edit”.

When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, the Annual Catalogues were marketed as ‘ideas books’.  And it’s such a good description.

The pages are filled with ideas for colour combinations, layouts, techniques & other ways you can use your Stampin’ Up! supplies.

This gorgeous photo shows so many ideas for the Coffee Break Suite…

Coffee Break Designer Series Paper

Cards inspired from the catalogue can either be a direct copy of what you see, a mix of elements or a starting point for your own creation.

Coffee Break | kelly kent

My finished card used the layout at the right of the catalogue photo, the DSP background from the card above it and added some copper heat embossing & woodgrain textured embossing (which I have realise as I write this, is not longer current!).

Coffee Break | kelly kent

If you already love using the catalogue for inspiration, or if it’s a new concept to you, you might want to join our CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

Each week we select a catalogue category or theme and set a challenge for you to ‘CASE’ the catalogue.

I find my best creations often come out of challenges!

Be inspired!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Colour INKspiration #11

We’re 10 challenges down and I continue to be inspired & amazed by all the entries that you are contributing on our Facebook page each fortnight!

Are you ready for another???

Colour INKspiration #11 is blues & browns – and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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This one stumped me for a while – I don’t naturally use a lot of Marina Mist!

But, they don’t call it a challenge because it’s my favourites each week!

I was dazzled by the other cards the design team made – continue on the hop to see the amazing creations!!!

After quite a bit of paper pushing, this is what I came up with…

Colour INKspiration #11 | kelly kent

The longer it sat, the happier I was – just a clean & simple masculine card!

The Wood Textures DSP really helped me out on this one!  I love that DSP stack!


Did you spy the new embossing paste again?

I think I’m going to use this on every card for the next forever!!

Colour INKspiration #11 | kelly kent

Please join us with your card for this challenge.  All the action happens on our Facebook page – no blog required to participate with your gorgeous creation!

But if you have a blog, feel free to leave a link so that members of the group can visit you.

Next up on the crew’s blog hop is Jackie Noble over in New Zealand!  You’re going to love what she’s created!

CASEing the Catty #131 – Everyday Occasions

Happy Sunday – of a long weekend here in WA!

How lovely is an extra day of family time and a short week of activities!?!

More time for craft and other fun things!!!


This is our first CASEing the Catty of the new catalogue and we’re starting with the Everyday Occasions section!

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I always love going back to the annual catalogue for ideas – because there are so many of them!!!

Today I’m going for a masculine look with a motorcycle card.

I used this scrapbook layout as my inspiration…

To create this card…

CASEing the Catty #131 | kelly kent

It’s not a direct translation of the scrapbook page, but instead I’ve taken the key elements and added.

All the things I loved about the layout appear in my card including the One Wild Ride stamp set, Hexagon Embossing Folder and Best Badge Punch element.

CASEing the Catty #131 | kelly kent

I’ve changed up the colours to black, white, Dapper Denim & Smoky Slate and used some white embossing rather than stamping.

The theme on this card was too good not to carry over to the inside and a coordinating envelope!

I was able to add a few more of the scrapbook features this way too!

CASEing the Catty #131 | kelly kent

I love many of my Stampin’ Up! creations, but I particularly love this card.

The grungy style is slightly different to what I would normally put together – thanks to the inspiration from the catalogue!


Guess what???  CASEing the Catty are looking to add more design team members.

To apply, participate in our CASEing the Catty challenges during June by uploading your inspired project onto our Facebook page.

Next up on our first 2017-18 Annual Catalogue challenge is the gorgeous Rebecca Scurr.

Bec has been busy planning ahead for all the wonderful challenges that are coming up!  Thanks Bec!

We’d love to see you join in!


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Colour INKspiration #10

Another amazing fortnight of challenge entries!

If you’re not already on our challenge page over on Facebook, join us to for wonderful ideas shared every day by crafters just like you!

It’s our 10th challenge this week – which is a wonderful achievement for Bronwyn Eastley and the Colour INKspiration team.

If you’re already on your way hopping, did you love what Denita made?  I always admire her creativity.


The colours for Colour INKspiration #10 are amazing {again} and will stretch the way in which you look at your crafting projects.

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Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Delightful Dijon!

This is the last time the crew will play with Delightful Dijon as it’s set to retire next week.

Have you bought all the items you *need* from the retirement list?  Next week it’ll be all about the new catalogue!


When I first sat down to play with these colours, I was raiding Nanna Papercraft’s craft room while she’s on holidays.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Delightful Dijon is an absolutely perfect colour for beer!

So, with the Mixed Drinks stamp set in my hand, this is what I created for Colour INKspiration #10….

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

Lots of Island Indigo & Smoky Slate – because I love them!

Whisper White to break all those strong colours up (don’t forget you can use any neutral or metallic in your Colour INKspiration project).

Delightful Dijon – because it makes fantastic beer!

And just a touch of Cajun Craze for the sentiment to finish the challenge!


I’m not sure if you’ve looked at the Mixed Drinks stamp set (it’s awesome!)…

There’s only one beer mug?  How did I get it to ‘clink’ I hear you ask?!?

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

I used the reflection technique to flip it over.

Stamp in Versamark & emboss the beer mug as normal.

Then, stamp it again on Window Sheet.  Turn the window sheet upside down and very carefully (it’s slippery and wants to slide away from you producing a truly spectacular beer googles effect!) press down on the stamped image.  This will transfer it to the cardstock -as a mirror image.  Emboss as usual and colour both images with an Aqua Painter and Delightful Dijon ink.


I’ve also put a special touch on the inside.

If you’re going to send a beer themed card, you should probably send beer money…

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

Personally, I’d rather stamping money… but I guess they don’t hold the same appeal for everyone!

Next up for some colourful inspiration is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman

And join us on Facebook for the challenge.  It runs for three weeks, so plenty of time to get inky!


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Stamp Review Crew – Nailed It

The Stamp Review Crew has the pleasure of sharing the Nailed It stamp set with you today.

If you’re hopping around the world, I know you were dazzled by Charlet’s amazing project.  If you’re starting here, settle in for a great series of “Nailed It” projects.

Click on the next button at the end to visit Artisan Design Team Member and SRC chief – Tanya Boser.  If you get lost at any point – head back to the main Stamp Review Crew blog for a full list of participants.

Unfortunately, this amazing set ended up on the retirement list.  It came with coordinating framelits – which are now completely sold out.

If you’re in Australia, as you read this, there might still be a few wood mount sets available in the online store.  Check here.


Given that there’s the possibility no matter where you are around the world, you might still be able to buy this stamp set, I have used only the stamps in my 2 projects today.

It did require some fussy cutting – but the shapes are easy to cut around!

For my first project, I used the stamps & white heat embossing to create a tool background for a Father’s Day card.

Father’s Day in some parts of the world is coming up soon – so the large  “Happy Father’s Day” hexagon in this set is perfect for the occasion!

Plus the tool theme is an obvious winner for a masculine themed card.

I’ve added in the coordinating washi from this bundle – which is still available on the retirement list!  Along with other great items from the Annual & Occasions catalogue.

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The second card I am sharing today is based on the inspiration provided by the Global Design Project #084.

Participants in this challenge were encouraged to CASE the designer – Michelle Last.

The tools seemed like a great way to hang a cute little frame!!!

The nails and hammer are fussy cut – a little fussy but an easy way to use this set without framelits.

To perk up the sadness around Nailed It not carrying over, I thought it would be a good time to add in another sneak peek.

Coming up in the new catalogue is a cute stamp set called Crafting Forever.  You’re going to love the craft related sayings like this one…

It basically sums up all activity in our house!!!

Crafting Forever, Housework Whenever | kelly kent


Thank you for joining me for this edition of Stamp Review Crew.

Be sure to click on next and see what the gorgeous & talented Tanya Boser has created with the Nailed It stamp set.

If there’s anything on the retirement list that you’re thinking you’d like to own, you’ll want to shop sooner rather than later!

While you’re browsing the retirement list in my online store, check out the clearance rack too for some great specials!