A Woody Happy Birthday!

Grandad Papercraft is celebrating his birthday today.

I’ve been saving this DSP from the Wood Textures stack for the right kind of card. I didn’t know what that special card was going to be til I started to put something together for Dad.Wood Textures | kelly kentMum & Dad moved into a new house last year.  The new house has a wood fire, so he’s been busy over the winter stocking up the wood piles (and then burning through them).

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These stacked logs were the perfect background for a masculine birthday card.

I’m a big fan of the ‘cluster’ card at the moment where you can add embellishments in groups to create layers & texture.

The leaves from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits seemed like a perfect fit for the wood DSP.

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Of my 2017 goals for card making was to pay more attention to the inside of cards.

For the first time ever (I think!), I’ve used DSP as a whole layer on the inside of the card.

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It feels strange to write on the DSP – but it look amazing!!!

Happy birthday to Grandad Papercraft.  We’ve enjoyed celebrating with you!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

 

Country Livin’

Obviously you can’t own everything in the catalogue (well, most of us can’t!), and no crafter enough has ‘enough’ stamp sets…

But every time I think I’m at a point where there can’t be too many more sets on the wishlist, I get swayed to just one more!

I borrowed the Country Living’ stamp set from a friend so I could use the old truck for a card I had in mind.

And found that I *needed* to own this stamp set.  Just three stamps… but so many uses!  And a great option in your stash for male cards.

Here’s 2 cards I made with the truck…

A Fold Out Card

Fold Out Card - Country Livin' truck. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Folded-out view…

Fold Out Card - Country Livin' truck. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And a “Behind the Trees” card…

(the best instructions I’ve found for this type of card are on Ann’s blog – click here)

Behind The Trees - Country Livin' & Lovely As A Tree stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can’t wait for my set to arrive so I can make more Country Livin’ cards.  After all, I am a ‘country’ girl now!

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ESAD Occasions & SAB 2015 Blog Hop – Getting into Guy Greetings!

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Welcome to another ESAD blog hop – a round trip through lots of inspiration for products from the 2015 Occasions catalogue & 2015 Sale-A-Bration range.  You might be starting here, finishing here or just stopping by on your way around.  If you’re on your way, then you’ve just seen Amity’s Project Life creations.  Next stop on the journey is Norelle’s blog.  A full list of participants is at the bottom of this post.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

Welcome to my projects.  After buying what seems like most of the products (shhhh!) from the new Occasions catalogue (who can choose a favourite when the offerings are that good???) and earning quite a few SAB gifts, I had quite a selection of products from which to choose for my blog hop focus.

After some umm-ing & ahhhh-ing, I have ended up deciding to showcase the very interesting stamp set “Guy Greetings” (138825/138828/137178) – mainly as a bit of a push to ink it up and hopefully fall in love with it.

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You see, since it arrived, I’ve been struggling to get excited about it!  [And based on the offerings of Pinterest, I might not be the only one].  In theory, it’s a great set – masculine theme, great font and lots of potential… but something about it has been blocking my creative flow.

Well, not anymore for this old-fashioned engine with determination!

Armed with a theme of Night of Navy, Cajun Craze & my favourite neutrals, here’s what I came up with:


“You’re My Anchor”

Guy Greetings paired with Birthday Bash DSP (137783), Starbust Framelits (132967) and Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (137873).

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Do you like the boating knot? Learn how to tie your own by following this tutorial.


“Hardwood Classic”

Guy Greetings coupled with Hardwood Background Stamp (133032) and On Film Framelits (132969).

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The Hardwood stamp would have to be one of my all-time favourite SU! stamps.  It goes with so many themes.


“Mechanical Bro”

Guy Greetings featuring a punch art coverall made using Square Framelits (130921) & Triangle Punch (133375).

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I do love my punch art!  This design would also work for hi-vis (which gives me an idea for the future!) or a crisp white shirt, making it perfect for a range of men.  As well as “brother”, Guy Greetings comes with father, Grandpa, Dad, husband & uncle – fully customisable for the men in your life.


And one final share, to go with my mechanic punch art card.

“Tool Bag Curvy Keepsake Box” (135853).

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Did you know that quite a few of the popular products from the 2014 Holiday Catlaogue are back as ‘returning favourites’, which is fabulous because the Curvy Keepsake Box has definitely been a favourite of mine![You can see them on page 49 of the Occasions 2015 catalogue].

So far all of my Curvy Keepsake Box creations have been ‘lovely for the ladies’ or ‘cool for kids’, so I wanted to create one that was ‘great for guys’.  Think Dad’s Tool Bag could be a winner – especially if it was filled with his favourite chocolates.


Thanks for joining me while I made friends with my Guy Greetings Stamp Set.  It’s definitely grown on me and I’m excited to make more ‘manly’ cards throughout the year.

Next stop on the blog hop is Norelle.  Please leave a comment or two as you hop around – we love hearing from you!  Kelly x

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LIST OF BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:

1. Libby Dyson

2. Narelle Hoggard

3. Leonie Schroder

4. Jenny Hayward

5. Tamsin Adams

6. Helen Williams

7. Pauline Bennetts

8. Monique Fielder

9. Nicole Wilson

10. Keryn Campbell

11. Clare Mcilhatton

12. Ria Kaire

13. Kathryn Ruddick

14. Sally Williams

15. Tricia Raineri

16. Nerida Carter

17. Mel Pagano

18. Rachael Lewsley

19. Amity Knight 

20. Kelly Kent – you are here!

21. Norelle Targato