OnStage@Home | Nov 2020 Recap

In the true style of 2020, our Novemeber OnStage experience was different to the celebrations of previous years. This event was presented online and we watched and stamped from the comforts of our homes.

Here in Western Australia, we are in the very fortunate position of no community transmission of COVID for over 6 months and very few restrictions on what we are able to do. This is largely due to strict border controls with no visitors and quarantine periods for returned overseas travellers. I feel for the families affected by the travel restrictions, but so lucky to be living in our bubble (for now!).

The lack of restrictions meant that our Paper Adventures team were able to meet up for an OnStage@Home event. Organised by me and hosted by the Stand Up Stamper (Sheila Pybus), 12 of us gathered to share what we love – Stampin’ Up!

I tried to recreate all the good things about a Stampin’ Up! event and make the most of being able to have our version of an OnStage.

Everyone received a personalised goodie bag….

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

This contained a pen, OnStage themed notebook and a personalised makeup bag (or pencil case depending on what you store in there!).

Here’s some close ups of the notebook…

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

I styled it based on the OnStage@Home logo using Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party and Mango Melody cardstock. The label is from the Hippo & Friends Dies with the sentiment from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (in Night of Navy). The sentiment matched the theme of our team day so well and was a lovely theme to live by when using the notebook every day.

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

I invested in a heat press this year – and I have found it so useful for making personalised gifts. I usually make something for the team with their name on it when we meet for events – something they can use and keep the memories going!

Attendees also had the option to add merchandise including coffee cups, wine glasses, take home craft pack and more! This is one of the wine glasses (filled with water during the event, but I’m sure will be enjoyed with some wine this summer!).

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

The day was a mix of socialising, eating and stamping. We shared swaps, had pop up prizes and played some games.

The bag tag from the goodie bag was my swap for the day. You can see how much I love a good theme!

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

Here’s the swaps I got from the team. Such a talented group of ladies!

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

The make and take projects featured the soon to be released Dragonfly Garden stamp set, Dragonflies punch and Dandy Garden DSP. Demonstrators who registered for OnStage@Home were able to purchase these products in advance ready for some sneak peek stamping across the weekend.

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

I’ve had the privilege of seeing the new catalogue and *squeal* – you’re going to fall in love! So many new stamps, tools and accessories to add to your collection!!! The official pre-order period for demonstrators starts on 1st December 2020 (and can be added to a Starter Kit – wink wink!). OnStage@Home attendees have a small selection of products we are allowed to order early. The demonstrator perks are wonderful – a discount, early released products and a community of beautiful people to spend time with.

This is a close up of the shirt we all wore. The slogan was suggested by Narelle (Eleventh Hour Stamping), building on a saying that was on team Christmas present gifts a couple of years ago.

Here’s our lovely group from the day…

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

The day was high energy and lots of fun and I can’t wait to do it again! So many of us joined the team because we just loved the products (and discount), but it becomes so much more than that. The friendships and shared love of stamping add another layer of wonderful to the Stampin’ Up! experience. I can’t describe it to you, but you’re welcome to join our team and experience it for yourself! Email or message me to learn more about joining our Paper Adventures team. This is plane with no travel restrictions, no limits on the number of seats and it’s your choice when you hop off! (It’s also a COVID-free zone!).

If you’re local to the Bunbury area, you may want to try stamping at one of our Social Stamping session on a Monday morning. We’re there 9.30am-11am with two projects. It’s Christmas theme this term, but I can’t wait to use new catalogue products next year! Read more info here about the when & where of Social Stamping.

Lastly – this has been a long post, but it’s a fun way to keep the memories, so thank you for indulging me! I want to take this opportunity to thank my amazing team. I earned three recognition badges at OnStage@Home plus a career sales milestone. Without my team, I can confidently say, that I wouldn’t have earned any of them. They are the heart and soul of my stamping journey!

If you’re a fellow demonstrator who joined OnStage, I hope you had a wonderful time too!

Stay safe and here’s hoping we can all meet again in person for the next event!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

OnStage 2017 Swaps

Today is the day!!!  We’re up early and ready to spend the day immersed in all things Stampin’ Up!

One of the highlights of OnStage for many demos is participating in swaps.

Generally, you make multiples of the same design and “swap” these with other demonstrators – building a supply of fresh ideas & inspiration.

Each event, I try to make something interesting – which often ends up being a 3D item.

This time around, I took a ‘shine’ to the You’re Priceless stamp set which set me on the path of diamonds.

So, my OnStage 2017 Melbourne swaps is a lollipop packaged in a diamond sleeve with a stained glass diamond on the front.

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

These would make great party favours for a princess party, gifts of encouragement for your team or a cute just because gift to brighten someone’s day!

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

The diamond shape is created using the Window Box Thinlit.  Instead of making it into a box, I put a folded piece of cardstock and cut the hexagon shape.  I then snipped off the bottom corners and created the pretty pattern on the front using the die from the Window Box set.  The design already has tabs, so it was easy to make a pouch for the lollipop to sit in.

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

As I’m typing this, I’m thinking it needs more photos, so I’ll add a quick photo tutorial or video when I get home!

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

The stained glass diamonds are made by cutting the diamond shapes from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits in Champagne Foil and pouring a mix of silver glitter & Fine Tip Glue over the top.

I laid them out on a freezer sheet (because I had many – the silicone craft mat available from Stampin’ Up! also works well).  You can add the glue & then sprinkle with glitter, but I just poured the glitter into the Fine Tip Glue bottle and shook well.

Stained Glass Diamonds | kelly kent

Once they were dry, I cut away the extra glue from around the diamond and adhered them to my lollipop project.

The stained glass technique adds a great bling factor a project!

How cute do they all look ready to give out today!

OnStage 2017 Diamond Lollipops | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see the amazing projects my fellow demonstrators share with me today.

And then after we swap, it’s the main event!  A whole day of new products!!!

Think you might want to be a part of the fun at a future Stampin’ Up! event?  Join my Paper Adventures team and you can!  I’m secretly hoping the April 2018 event will be in Perth – we’ll know soon!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

OnStage 2017 – Affirmation Swaps!

Hello!  As this post goes live, I’ll be starting my day at the Perth OnStage event.

The excitement will be buzzing around the room as approx 175 Stampin’ Up! demos share their love of paper, stamps and ink with each other!

Part of this wonderful day is swapping creativity with each other.  It’s optional to join in with swaps but fun to do so!

“Swaps” can be cards or 3D items.  The only requirement is that they use current Stampin’ Up! products.

I’ve been a touch cheeky on the ‘current’ and included the retired Bermuda Bay glimmer paper from Sale-A-Bration… but it went with my colour theme!

And since we only find out today what’s retiring from the Annual & Occasions catalogue, there’s a chance there’ll be a few more retiring products on my design list.

But that’s ok – because what I wanted to share with my fellow demos was not how to use the products I’ve chosen, but the idea.

These super cute little affirmation bottles came about after a late night Facebook conversation with one of my Stampin’ Up! team.

Kristen is a doTERRA rep who joined Stampin’ Up! to purchase materials for thank you cards, packaging and to celebrate her team.  While chatting about the products we have in the range, the concept of affirmations came up – and from there, affirmations in a bottle!

The wonderful part of this idea is there are so many stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! range that have positive & uplifting sayings in them that could be used as affirmations.

Or, you can do as I have and use word & phrase builder sets to create your own affirmations.

The ‘you are’, ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ stamps are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set which is currently in the Annual Catalogue.

The ‘awesome’ and ‘great’ stamps are from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set – also in the Annual Catty.

The affirmations are stamped on plain copy paper – this was the easiest to roll up tight to fit in the bottle.  Our beautiful cardstock is too thick!


Of course, the little bottles are so cute when decorated with our pretty Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

I chose butterflies, glimmer, sequins & ribbons.

I used all the current sequin colours – gold, silver, Blushing Bride & Bermuda Bay, together with 1/8″ gold & silver ribbon and the Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon.

And used 4 coordinating glimmer colours – gold, Bermuda Bay (SAB offering), Silver & Blushing Bride.

Each embellishment segment is hot glued together and then hot glued to the glass bottle.


Here’s a close up of each colour combination…

Gold  & Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride & Gold

Silver & Bermuda Bay

Bermuda Bay & Silver

I packaged the swaps into the 2″ x 8″ cello bags (trimmed down before packing) and topped with a Decorative Label topper.

I made quite a few affirmations because I really wanted to spread the love!  I hope the other demos enjoy reading their message.

I know I’m going to get some amazing swaps back – I’ll share some with you this month.


I’m sure the mini bottles are available from a range of places.  I got mine on eBay – 5mL size.

Please use this idea for your own direct sales business as team gifts, or for your customers – or make some up to give to your friends, or as Random Acts of Kindness.

It’s a beautiful way to brighten someone’s day!


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OnStage 2016 Swaps – CASEing the Catty

Hello! Today I’m sharing with you my other swap from OnStage 2016 – another shrink plastic project. It’s such a lovely product to make our Stampin’ Up! supplies shine in different ways.

Did you see my I ❤️ SU! keychain on yesterday’s post? Check here for all the technical shrink info.

For this card, I used black shrink plastic & the reindeer die from the Santa’s Sleigh set to make …

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Because it was a swap with the CASEing the Catty design team, I wanted to choose something from the Holiday Catalogue to inspire me.

After much deliberation, I ended up choosing the layout on the left from one of the host set sample photos.

Images © Stampin' Up!

I made it as a peekaboo card with the DSP adhered to the inside layer of the card and the embellishments (Washi, burlap & reindeer feature) to the top layer.

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

In keeping with my love this Christmas of non-traditional colour combinations, the black shrink plastic was perfect for my neutral theme – craft, black & copper.

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was really hard to get a good photo of just how cute the teeny tiny reindeer was, but I tried!!!

This is my reindeer embellishment before I added him to the card…

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And on the card…

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

On this photo, you can see what a cool 3D event the reindeer adds!

You could make any solid shape with a large starting size into a shrink embellishment. There were some reindeer fails too when the legs started sticking during the curl process – a shape without appendages would be easier!!!

I’d love to see your shrink projects!!!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

The OnStage 2015 Swaps I received…

Part of the fun of swapping samples at Stampin’ Up! events is getting back lots of gorgeous creations.  I made & gave out 40 little Tic Tac boxes and received lots in return … too many to show them all here.  But I wanted to share a few of my favourites from the day.

If you’d like to find out more about the creators of these lovely designs, I have linked to their Stampin’ Up! page (if they have one) under their project below.  Kelly x

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Pat Carr – Lighthearted Leaves Christmas Card.

OnStage 2015 swap made by Yvonne Pree.
Yvonne Pree – Tie Dye Land to Sea Turtle Card

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Lisa Harrison – merry & bright glittery Christmas card

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Fiona Ramage – Sleigh Ride Glimmer Christmas Tag

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Lisa Claridge – Snow Place Christmas table setting

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Denise Buetler – Coffee Bag Pouch

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Tracy Grant – Mini Tic Tac Lego box