Happy Thanksgiving

On any other year, Thanksgiving comes & goes in Australia without it featuring as part of my holiday calendar.

This year, I have been invited by friends to a Thanksgiving dinner!

I am totally out of my depth for making Thanksgiving cards – so I went searching in the catalogue for inspiration.

The card on the bottom left of the photo was my inspiration.

This is how my card turned out…

Happy Thanksgiving | kelly kent

I kept with the Painted Harvest stamp set and Painted Autumn DSP but added in a Crumb Cake layer, changed the Garden Green to Tranquil tide, added some vellum leaves and finished with some pearls!

Happy Thanksgiving | kelly kent

Same, same but different!!!  Don’t forget that the beautiful pages of the catalogue are your friend when you need spark of inspiration or a guiding theme for a stamp set or product.

Happy Thanksgiving | kelly kent

I am thankful for having a wonderful support network of not only my family, but friends that are as important to me as family!

I hope you have a long list of things that bring you happiness!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Spooky Night & Painted Autumn

Hello Sunday!

The fourth Sunday in fact, which is when I get together with my Stamping Sunday friends.

You can find the whole list of participants by clicking on the cute little blue frog!!  You’ll find a direct link to Yvonne’s blog at the end of the post to keep hopping.



Today it’s all about one of my favourite subjects – Designer Series Paper, or “DSP”.

Sara has asked us to create using either the Painted Autumn DSP or Spooky Night DSP.  But…. it can’t be a fall (autumn) or Halloween project!

I love a challenge to make “something” into “something else”.

Although I love all DSP, and usually buy every pack, I skipped on Spooky Night this catalogue.  Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia and I still have some similar colours left from last year!

I do however, absolutely {LOVE} the Painted Autumn DSP and took the 3-for-1 DSP deal on at the moment as the opportunity to stock on this beautiful design.

With a fresh pack of pretty paper in hand, I wanted to try a card on my stamping list – a Gift Box in a Card design.

Following this fabulous tutorial by Rachel Tessman, I made my own version using the Painted Autumn DSP and Big on Birthdays stamp set.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The card base is the same size as any regular card, but then you make a cute little box using the DSP and a lid using cardstock and place it into a 2″ square cut into the card base.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

It sits across the card like this…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The idea of the box is to hold a little gift.  So, I used the DSP to make a necklace to slide into the gift box.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Here’s another view (lots of photos in this post!)…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I always love a coordinating card & gift option and this style of card takes it to the next level!!!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I can see many of this style of card in my stamping future!

It doesn’t fit in an envelope – but that just makes it the perfect gift for a colleague’s desk or on a placemat for a birthday dinner!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

My next project takes us from deluxe to a great card, with limited supplies…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The DSP is so stunning with beautiful patterns.  You can use them as a background – like the arrow stripes (my favourite in the pack!!!) or by fussy cutting the patterns for a centrepiece – like the sunflowers.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Add some ribbons and a favourite sentiment and your stunning card is done in a flash!

The sentiment is from the Just Add Text stamp set.  Find it on page 167 of the Annual Catalogue.  Filled with great fonts & beautiful words, it’s great for all those friendship, gratitude & all occasions cards.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Speaking of wonderful things, it has been lovely to hop with the Stamping Sunday design team again.

To keep going, hop on to Yvonne’s blog and see her gorgeous projects!

To see everyone from the Stamping Sunday design team who’s hopping today, click on the blue frog for a full list.


Thanks for hopping with us!  It’s always lovely to be able to share our projects with you.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew – Crafting Forever

Hello!  And welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew blog hop for September.  We (a fabulous group of international demonstrators) hop twice a month – all using the same stamp set.

If you’re already hopping, then you’ve visited the gorgeous Linda Callahan.  Next stop after me is over to Mike Funke who always makes great use of the stamp set!

Today, we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Crafting Forever stamp set.

This set doubles as the Angel Policy copyright set available in the Annual Catalogue.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! encourages you to sell your handcrafted projects to family/friends, at markets and online?  All they ask is that you follow their Angel Policy and use a copyright stamp on your project.  The policy applies to both demonstrators and customers selling their creations made using Stampin’ Up! products.

Most of the time, this goes on the back of your card along with your contact information…

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

 

You can find more information about Stampin’ Up!’s Angel Policy here.


Now to the projects!

I haven’t made anything using shrink plastic in a while, so for my projects today, I’ve made some little scissor charms and added them to my creations.

These are super easy to make!  Simply stamp the scissor stamp on white shrink plastic (get this online or at your local craft store) in Basic Black Archival Ink.  Allow to dry (or not – but it’ll smudge….. I was a little impatient and you can see some of the smudging!).

Once dry, colour the image using Sharpies (or any other alcohol based markers you own).  Cut around the shape with your snips and if you want to be able to attach it, punch a hole in the corner.

Then place the pieces between two pieces of vellum on a baking tray into a pre-heated 150 degrees Celsius oven (check the instructions on the brand of shrink plastic you buy, but this worked for me) for a couple of minutes.

Voila!  You end up with cute little scissor charms.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

You can also make decorative labels by stamping the sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink and cutting with one of our punches (I used the Pretty Label Punch).

Once I had my charms made, it was time to add them to a pretty project!

The first one I had in mind was scissor charms!  Depending on who you hang out with, you might know a few stamping buddies that have scissors very similar to yours!

Add personalised charm to your scissors so you’ll know which ones to claim as yours – in the most stylish way possible!

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I also added some of my favourite ribbons & trim to add some colour.  Apart from the pretty factor, I had an ulterior motive – my craft desk is black and I always seem to lose my scissors!!!  This will brighten them up and hopefully they’ll jump out at me when I’m looking.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent


The next project was, of course, a card – complete with one of my most favourite new DSP patterns!  This gorgeous green mix is from the Painted Autumn DSP that has just been released in the new Holiday Catalogue.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I love a good banner, ribbon & DSP card, and the scissor charm worked well with the design.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I wouldn’t have picked it at the start of the Annual Catalogue earlier this year, but Tranquil Tide is fast becoming a favourite of mine!!!

I was actually disappointed that I didn’t have any Tranquil Tide ribbon in my stash!  I’ll be fixing that little issue on my next order!

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

If you’ve never tried your Stampin’ Up! stamps with shrink plastic, then buy some soon and have a go!  It’s fun and give extra possibilities (smaller but awesome) to all the stamps you own!


To keep looking at wonderful creations with this stamp set, hop over to Mike Funke and see his fantastic creativity….

Thanks for joining us,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Happy Father’s Day 2017

It’s Father Day in Australia!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, father figures, Grandads, Dads-to-be, step-Dads & other amazing men around the world!

Have a great day!

This is the card I made for my Dad using my favourite Large Letters Framelits – always a great option for a personalised card.

Father's Day 2017 | kelly kent

Turns out a tool card was the perfect option for Grandad Papercraft who helped me out yesterday with installing some new storage for my ever-growing stamping supplies.

Father's Day 2017 | kelly kent

I’m so excited to have easy access to all my favourites!

Stamping Storage | kelly kent

And look at all that space to fill!!!

Do you think Mr Papercraft needs some stamps for Father’s Day this year?

I won’t ask him – I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com