A Basket of Birthday Wishes

I’ve been having a heap of fun using the Basket Bunch stamp set and matching Basket Builder Framelits to make cute little Easter gifts this year.

But, as with so many of the Stampin’ Up! products, it’s not just limited to an Easter theme.

The artwork in this stamp set is fun & playful – I love the style!

I used it this week to make a birthday card for a demo friend.

The flowers in this set are so cute and look beautiful with a bold splash of colour.

They are finished with a liberal application of clear wink of Stella – which of course is hard to catch in a photo!

Happy Birthday Megan – I hope you have a truly amazing day!

PS, there’s only 1 week left of Sale-A-Bration.  That means…

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Stamp Review Crew – Oh So Succulent

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop, where international demonstrators on the crew get together to showcase a chosen stamp set.

Today, we are celebrating the Oh So Succulent stamp set and coordinating Succulent Framelits.

Who knew there were so many ideas you could use for succulents???

They are super popular right now and I am in awe of some of the incredibly life-like creations I’ve been seeing from Stampin’ Up! demonstrators!

Did you love what Charlet created using the succulents???  Don’t forget that this post forms part of a ‘hop’ which means if you click on the next button below, you can visit a number of different blogs – all featuring projects with the same stamp set.  Great for inspiration!


My share for today is a project set using the stamp set for the card and the framelits to create a little potted succulent.

The card was fun to make using the sweet little succulent flowers.

I inked up the outline stamp in my chosen colour and stamped.  I then inked up the solid stamp in the same colour, but stamped off onto my scrap to get a lighter tone.

I find this order the easiest way to line it all up – but experiment to find the strategy that works best for you.

For the embossed heart strip, I created a slight variation in colour by inking up my embossing folder with Sahara Sand ink before putting my cardstock in and running it through the Big Shot.

This means the hearts stayed lighter and the background had a slighter darker tone.


I’m often on the lookout for cute little gifts to give to friends on their birthday.  I {LOVE} gift giving!

These little succulent pots are just perfect!

Start by cutting 2 of each size of the succulent flowers.  I used Mint Macaron cardstock and was able to get all the flowers I needed from 1/2 an A4 sheet of cardstock.

Sponge each flower with Tip Top Taupe or Crumb Cake ink to add a more natural look, then sponge the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink.

Glue the flowers one on top of each other – start with the largest size & work your way down to the smallest.  Offset the flowers to create a full succulent look.

Once your flower is constructed, it’s time to ‘plant’ it.

In Australia, you can get the pots from the craft section of Kmart.

I hot glued a polystyrene ball into the bottom (50mm – available from Spotlight).  This provides a great base for you to glue your succulent onto.

Fill the gap between the ball & the succulent with little pebbles.  I found the perfect size pebbles at Bunnings.

I finished decorating the pot with some burlap ribbon & a Sweet Sugarplum bow.

These are easy to create – just a little inky with all that sponging!

Shampoo & dishwashing liquid both work well for inky fingers!!!


For the next lot of succulent inspiration, you are heading to the east coast of Australia to see what Bruno has come up with.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Never Ending Succulent Card

Today I’m sharing a card with you that I made for one of my stamping besties.

Lou & I bonded online and then met for the first time in Brisbane at OnStage – where we had a giggle over both being sent the Succulent stamp set for our display board stamping.

So, there’s a touch of irony in this card – the never-ending succulent card!

A Never-Ending card was one of the first fancy cards I made.  It definitely delivered a wow factor then and still does now!!!

Here’s a video of Lou’s card in action…

A never ending card flips and flips and flips – you just keep going!

There are 4 decorated sides in total.

FRONT:

Never Ending Succulent Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

MIDDLE 1:

Never Ending Succulent Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

MIDDLE 2:

Never Ending Succulent Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

BACK:

Never Ending Succulent Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If you’d like to learn how to make a never ending card, please express your interest by filling in the form below:

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Colour INKspiration – Coming in 2017!

As the year closes out, it’s time to start planning for 2017.

And I have some exciting news to share – there’s a new challenge coming in 2017 – Colour INKspiration.

This bi-monthly challenge is all about colours & creating to colour combinations.

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It’s going to be heaps of fun, with all the action happening on Facebook, which opens it up to lots more Stampin’ Up! enthusiasts.  No blog required – just join the Facebook page.

I’m delighted to be on the Colour INKspiration Crew, which means I’ll be sharing cards and projects I’ve created using the colours for each challenge.  The crew consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

A new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT). which will be accompanied by a Colour INKspiration Crew blog hop. Our first one starts on Wednesday, 11th January.

Don’t forget that this challenge is open to anyone – you don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to join in.

So, click here to request to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.


As a bit of pre-challenge fun, the group creator, Bronwyn Eastley from AddINKtive Designs surveyed the group on their favourite green, blue & yellow from the Stampin’ Up! range.

The winning combination was Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay & Daffodil Delight.

Colour INKspiration - Pre-Challenge colour combination.

These are all gorgeous colours and there have been some amazing creations already.

I was inspired to use these colours for succulent birthday card.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hadn’t played with the dies from this suite before this card.  I’m so pleased with them – they are lovely with excellent shapes for layering.  So quick & simple to create a stunning succulent or flower centrepiece.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I added some texture to my succulent by gently sponging the leaves with Mint Macaron ink.  Using the same ink as cardstock colour allows for subtle depth.


Inspired by Paula Dobson’s pre-challenge entry, I decided this card needed just a little lift – and a lined envelope would be the perfect accompaniment.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How beautiful is the DSP from the Succulent Garden suite?  I just love all of the products in this range.


I can’t wait for the first challenge, which you’ll see in a few short weeks.  Pop by on 11th Jan to see what me and the rest of the design team have come up with.  Then, join us on Facebook to share your own creation!

Can’t wait til then???  Join us now with your Mint, Bermuda & Daffodil creation!!!

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OnStage Display Board Samples – Succulent Garden Suite

WARNING! This post is photo heavy!!!

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve finally found the time to share the samples I created for OnStage in Brisbane in early November (so only a month late!!!).

What an amazing experience – one that I urge you to apply for next time Stampin’ Up! puts the call out for display board stampers.

Check out the calibre of demos I displayed with!

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I had some great products to play with from the Succulent Garden Suite.

This gorgeous stamp set called “Oh So Succulent”….

Plus this 2-step stamp set called Vertical Garden…


I also got other goodies in my box, which formed the theme for my creations including new cotton ribbon in Whisper White & Sweet Sugarplum, Succulent Garden Cardstock (Mint Macaron, Old Olive & Tip Top Taupe), Fabulous Foil Acetate, Bermuda Bay Ombre ink pad, glassine gift bags, gold clips, and more!

And with those wonderful products at my fingertips plus some of my current favourites, this is what I created to share with other demonstrators at the 2016 OnStage event in Brisbane.

Let’s start with the succulents…

Everyone loves a good pun – and this stamp set is perfect for ‘succ’ulent puns!

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


A popcorn gift box (filled with jellybeans in a glassine bag) and tied off with gorgeous Sweet Sugarplum cotton ribbon.

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The happy birthday sentiment is stunning.

I love the font they’ve used in the Oh So Succulent stamp set!

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


This is my favourite card – one of the great sentiments paired with a Hello Lovely Project life card in the place of DSP!

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Of course I had to have a traditional succulent rock garden…

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


A card for Mum using the “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment and those cute succulents as flowers…

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And a gift card folder decorated with a ribbon flower (the ribbon is soooo soft & beautiful!)…

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


This card is a little left field – I thought the little oval stamp in the set looked like a jelly bean….

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Another favourite – this is my scrapbook page with a centrepiece photo of my girls in their fairy garden, surrounded by a succulent swirl – and the sweet sentiment “the best love story is the one you write together’.

So true for sisters!

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Here’s the girls with their scrapbook page when they visited me during lunch one day!

{Looking at the camera is not a strength at this moment!}

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


A shaker card using one of the small flowers to create a background pattern…

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And then there’s the projects featuring the Vertical Garden stamp set…

A housewarming gift – stamped glassine bag filled with a seed packet…

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


A “Hello baby” card…

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


A Project Life style memory page – this is my parents who just moved closer to us after spending 33 years in the same house!

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And a foxy z-fold welcome card that could be used for a baby or housewarming…

OnStage 2016 - Brisbane. Display Board Samples - Succulent Garden Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


After making so many succulent samples, I thought I’d never want to look at another succulent stamp again.

But, guess what???  It’s a firm favourite and I’ve used it so much since getting home from Brisbane.

Succulents are so trendy at the moment!

The stamp set comes with dies, which just arrived yesterday and I’m excited to use (fussy cutting succulents has not been the most fun part of the creating!).

There’s also a truly beautiful DSP!!!

So, as my new catalogue stash grows, I promise to share more samples with you!!!  You’ll fall in love too!

I’m expecting catalogues next week.  You can pick up yours at my launch, at the next class you attend or if you’re not local, ask me to send you one by filling in the form below.

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