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

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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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Stamp Review Crew | Beautiful You

Hey there!  Thanks for joining us for this edition of the Stamp Review Crew.

You’re hopping with an international line-up of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, all creating with the same stamp set.

Currently, you’re with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

I’m nestled in between two lovely roses from the US – Linda Callahan before me and Heidi Baks after me.  Click on the ‘next’ button below to visit Heidi when you’re done with my projects.

Today’s stamp set is the very popular Beautiful You…

We first saw this at the Brisbane OnStage event in November 2016 and there was a very collective ‘ooooo’ around the auditorium.

Since it’s release, there have been some truly beautiful and very innovative cards made with this set.

You’re going to love the fresh eyes the Stamp Review Crew bring to it today!


I’ve decided to combine it with the newly released “Beachy Little Christmas” stamp set.

The beach shack stamp is just perfect for the dancing/cartwheeling lady.  She’s my favourite – so carefree & happy!

The first concept has been swirling around in my mind for over a week now and was such fun to bring to life!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

It has a shaker portion within the card front, the lady dancing across the card and the shacks peeking through from the middle!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

I’ve stamped one of my favourite sentiments from the set in Black Archival ink directly onto the Window Sheet.

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

This is the middle of the card – the shaker section is hidden by a third panel which I folded into the middle of the card.

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

How cute are those beach shacks all lined up?

Once this card was finished, it inspired me to make another card, with similar elements, but not the shaker section.

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

I’m actually tempted to say I like this one better… Isn’t it funny how things sometimes come together out of nowhere!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent

I stamped the lady first and then used the masking technique to block her out while I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up the beach shacks.

The colouring was done using ink pads & an Aqua Painter – my preferred way of colouring.  So quick, easy & forgiving!

Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You | kelly kent


Thanks for joining me for today’s hop.

Next up is the lovely Heidi Baks & her fabulous use of the Beautiful stamp set.

If you’re visiting from Australia and need any stamping supplies, I can help you out in my online store.

A full list of supplies for my cards is featured below.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Boys Will Be Boys, But Girls Like Lego Too!

My Little Miss Papercrafts have been loving playing with Lego of late.  As well as the traditional Lego, you can also buy ‘girly’ sets now in purple, pink, aqua & a pale yellow – it’s such a lovely colour combination.

So, when it was time to make a couple of birthday cards this week, it was Lego all round – because girls like Lego too!

This is the traditional ‘boy version’ using red, blue & yellow.  The overlapping bricks were done using the masking techqniue of stamping the image onto a post-it note, cutting it out and sticking it over the previously stamped image so it ‘masks’ out the image and they don’t overlap.  I used my blender pen to colour these bricks – otherwise they end up too dark if you just use Stampin’ Write Markers.

Custom Lego birthday card. Boys Will Be Boys & Remembering Your BIrthday stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And this is the ‘girl version’ with modern Lego colours.  Because the colours from the Subtles Collection are much lighter, I was able to colour the bricks directly using the Stampin’ Write Markers.

Girls Like Lego Too Custom Birthday Card. Boys Will Be Boys & Remembering Your Birthday stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Lego lettering was cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  You can download the Lego font here.  There was a bit of fusing around with welding & offsetting but I was so pleased to be able to replicate the style of the Lego logo.

Happy Birthday to the little Lego loving birthday kids.  I hope they love their new sets.  Kelly & the little misses x

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Blender Pens

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