Paper Adventures Team Hop | Australia

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Hello!  Happy 2020 and welcome to our first Paper Adventures Team hop of the year.  The theme is ‘Australia’ and I can’t wait for you to see what fun creations the team are sharing tonight.

We’re joined by guest designer Jo Stubbings – thanks for hopping with us Jo!  Jo is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from NSW who I met through the Just Add Ink design team.  I love her use of colour and know you will too!


There’s a few Aussie contributions in the current Stampin’ Up! range including the cute kangaroo & koala duo in the Animal Outing set, but I couldn’t go past the koala in the new Bonanza Buddies stamp set (Birthday Bonanza suite).  I used him for my Just Add Ink card last week and as hard as I tried to use something different for this hop, I kept going back.

Koalas are native to Australia and only found on the east coast of Australia – unless in captivity.  They eat only eucalyptus leaves and despite looking very cute, their claws are quite sharp and dangerous.  Most people are surprised by how heavy koalas are when they have a cuddle.

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

I inked the koala in Smoky Slate and stamped his eyes & nose in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The Bonanza Dies coordinate perfectly to cut him out.

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

The Bonanza Dies are actually one of my favourites from the Jan-June Mini Catty because they have so many options.  Not only can you cut out the animals in the stamp set, but there’s a stitched tag die (yeesss!  I’d buy the set just for this!) and some super cute bunting.

I’ve used the tag die together with a stitched rectangle cut out to create a shaker tag.  Cut the top piece with the rectangle to create a window and cover the window with Window Sheet.  Using Foam Adhesive Strips, adhere to a tag base.  Make sure to pop some super cute shaker pieces in the middle.  I’ve used From My Heart Faceted Gems, gold sequins and Night of Navy stars I made using the retired Stars Border Punch.

I picked DSP for this card in a red & blue theme, picking up the essence of the Australian flag. I love DSP and always make sure I have all the patterns.  The easier way to do this is with a DSP sampler which I release each catalogue.  This card features blue stripe & red watercolour patterns from the Peaceful Poppies DSP (Jan – June mini) and dark blue watercolour from the Lily Impressions DSP (Sale-A-Bration).

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

The final touches for this card were the Australian flag (printed from my computer and attached to a toothpick) and the ‘welcome’ sentiment from Animal Outing.  I thought this would make a great card for someone who is spending their first Australia Day (coming up on Sunday 26th Jan) in Australia.

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

The layout for this card was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch which popped up on my Facebook feed earlier in the week.  I love sketches – they are a great starting point to get creative.  Click here to visit the Mojo Monday post.

For a bigger dose of Aussie fun, keep hopping and see what the rest of the team have made including our guest designer, Jo Stubbings, who is next on the list.

Wishing you all a wonderful Australia Day!  For those in Australia, enjoy having Monday off too!  May there be lots of crafty hours in the mix!!!

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Happy New Year, Happy New Catalogue 2020!

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I love the promise a new year holds.  I’ve always been a fan of numbers, so 2020 seems like a number that will hold many possibilities.  I hope it’s wonderful for you & your family.

I was very lucky over the Christmas break to take some time away with my family in the beautiful south of Australia.  We visited Esperance – the town where my husband grew up.  We spent time with family, camped on the white sand of the beach and soaked up some glorious sun.  We came back recharged, a little sun-kissed and with some great new memories.

Team Kent 2020 | kelly kent

Returning home (with more washing than I cared for), it was nice to get back into my craft room and have a play with some of my new products from the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue.  If you live in Australia and don’t yet have a copy of this super pretty catalogue, please let me know and I’ll send one to you.  You can also view it online by clicking here.

Here’s a quick video by Stampin’ Up! that shares some of the lovely products on offer…

I may or may not have the whole thing on my wishlist!!!  Placing an order is easy.  Simply shop in my online store or message me to order direct.

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The other really awesome thing to start our year is free products with the Sale-A-Bration promotion.

There’s 3 ways to benefit –

  1. Choose a free product for every $90 you spend until 31st March 2020.  You can also stack your rewards and chose an extra special reward with $180 spend.  Click here to see all the free choices.

2. Earn a free stamp set when your order (or combined orders with family & friends) are over $500.

3. Join my Paper Adventures team.  This is my favourite special of Sale-A-Bration because it’s a fabulous deal and you’ll be welcomed into the Stampin’ Up! family for as long as you want to stay.

During SAB 2020, join my Paper Adventures team by purchasing a fully customisable Starter Kit for $169.  Choose $235 of products (whichever ones you want), enjoy free shipping and also receive a 6″ Mini Paper Cutter, DSP pack and a free stamp set of your choice.  Once joined, you’ll get 20% discount on any Stampin’ Up! you purchase or sell until at least 31st July 2020.  If you don’t meet the minimum sales requirement ($468 retail), then you simply stop being active and switch back to being a customer.

Click here to join (search for our team by clicking on Demonstrator Directory and then entering my details – Kelly Kent, Dalyellup, 6230 WA). If you need any help with joining, please get in touch with me by Facebook or email.

If you’d like to see any of the 2020 Mini Catalogue products in action, I’m available in the greater Bunbury area to run a workshop in your home with family & friends.  I will also be back running Social Stamping from Feb, so make sure to subscribe to my blog for updates or follow my Facebook page.

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Wishing you the most amazing year filled with lots of happy!

CASEing the Catty #213 | Floral Romance

It’s a long weekend Sunday here thanks to Australia Day yesterday!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!

There’s no better way to spend a long weekend than in the air con in the craft room for a few hours.  Then it’s time for a casual dinner at the beach. I do love the warm, balmy nights that summer offers!

The theme this week for CASEing the Catty is the Floral Romance suite and subsequent pages.

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I just love the styling of the Floral Romance suite – it’s pretty and feminine and totally gorgeous!  For my card this week, I took a little inspiration from all of the cards in the suite photo above.

I liked the layout of the bottom right, the DSP of the middle left, the leaves of the bottom left, the embellishment of the middle & bottom right, the addition of Rich Razzleberry from the gift box at the moment….

I pulled all those flashes of inspiration together to create this card for my new teamies that have joined during Sale-A-Bration.  They took advantage of the amazing Starter Kit special ($169 for $315 of products, free shipping & 20%+ discount!!).  If you’d like to be part of our Paper Adventures team, click here for more information about the Starter Kit.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

That floral vellum is my favourite – so delicate & pretty!!

The sentiment from this card is from the Stamping Your Way to the Top – an exclusive demonstrator only stamp set currently available to order.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

The scallop circle panel is from the Spot of Tea Framelits – I bought them a while a go and haven’t used them nearly as much as I would like.  It’s a nice change up to the stitched look which I so often favour.  I’ve layered it twice – Whisper White with Blushing Bride underneath – to match the DSP.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

I just can’t get enough of the embellishments from this suite.  The gold seals are divine!!!  And the little flowers are so sweet!  Do you use embellishments on your cards?  I buy many but so often forget to use them.  I’m trying to change this in 2019!


Please join us for this challenge over on Facebook.  This challenge covers the samples for Floral Romance, To Have & To Hold stamp set and Beauty Abounds Bundle.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

For more gorgeous creations from the CTC Design Team, please keep clicking next to journey the blog hop.  From here, the next button will take you to the talented Elizabeth Gross.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Awesome DSP for an Awesome Recipient

Favourite DSP | kelly kent

I made this card to go with a team incentive gift.  I purposely chose the beautiful butterfly paper from Needlepoint Nook as it’s one of my favourite pages from the 2019 Occasions catalogue.  I’ve been waiting for a special card to cut into it – and this was it!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

If you enjoy my projects enough to follow my blog (which I hope you do!!), you’ll have noticed how much I love the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.  They feature on just about every card I make at the moment.  Stitched edges are a great finishing touch for every card!!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Incredible Like You stamp set (Occasions 2019 Catalogue).  It’s full of lovely positive sentiments with beautiful font – which makes it fabulous in my eyes!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

Did I mention how easy Stampin’ Up! DSP is to coordinate colours with???  Just pick out the key colours and you’ve got a perfectly coordinated card.

This card features Night of Navy, Blueberry Bushell, Whisper White and Very Vanilla (with Silver Baker’s twine for a bit of bling!).

Stamping Your Way to the Top Butterfly | kelly kent

I also decorated the inside of this card with a coordinating butterfly from the Butterfly Gala stamp set (and punch) and a super cute banner from Stamping You Way to the Top.  This stamp set is an exclusive demonstrator only stamp set currently available for demonstrators to order.  It’s filled with stamping related sayings.

I can’t wait to make more cards for my team using these two stamp sets – Incredible Like You & Stamping Your Way to the Top.  Being able to support and celebrate my team is a big part of the Stampin’ Up! journey for me!

If you’re curious about joining Stampin’ Up! or feel like our Paper Adventures Team would be a good fit for you, we’d love to have you!  Joining Stampin’ Up! gives you a 20% discount, access to catalogues and products before customers, opportunity to buy exclusive products and so much more!!!

Join between now and 31st March 2019 and you’ll be able to take advantage of the amazing joining offer.  Your Starter Kit is $169 for $315 of products!!!  Any $315 – with free shipping.  You’ve absolutely got nothing to lose!  And lots to gain!!

Click here to see more about the Starter Kit and becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Did I mention how our incredible team would love to have you?  We really would!


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Dandelion Wishes | Team Swaps

Our Paper Adventures team got together on the weekend for a team meeting.  We tend to do this every 6 weeks so we can chat Stampin’ Up!, check in with each other and get crafty!

This meeting was hosted by the lovely Joanne.  She chose a Christmas in July theme, spoiling us with Christmas gifts and a gorgeous 3D make & take card.

Each meeting we have the option to bring along cards that we share (swap) with other, so we can be inspired by the creativity of others.

I recently had Dandelion Wishes delivered and wanted to get it inky. The images & font in this set are lovely!

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

I used my stamparatus to ink the sentiment in colour first and then again in Versamark so I could heat set it with clear embossing powder.  This gives it a slightly darker tone of the same colour and a pretty shiny finish!

This stamp set is a wonderful match with the Bokeh Dots stamp set. I used the sparkle stamp to create the background.  Many people have been surprised when this stamp has arrived that it’s small (about 8 x 5.5cm) when stamped.  I cut my layer of Whisper White cardstock down by 1/4″ (0.5cm) and then cut it in half length & width ways.  This gave me 4 small segments which I was able to stamp and layer.

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

I made 4 different colour combinations of this card – Balmy Blue (pictured above) plus…

So Saffron

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Blushing Bride

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Mint Macaron

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I love a monochromatic card!   I used Smoky Slate as the neutral colour – it goes so well with the Subtles range.

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

Which colour is your favourite???

If given a choice of swaps, I often pick yellow tones.  Or pink – that’s one of my favourite colours.  But I also love greens, and blues and purples….

Have you seen this image about seeing colour – it’s so true!  Although I tend to think & talk in Stampin’ Up! colours (so do the Miss Papercrafts – they love learning the colour names!).

If you need more Stampin’ Up! colours in your life, then you won’t want to miss the joining special during July.

Now through July 31, Stampin’ Up! are offering one FREE assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads* of your choosing as part of your regular Starter Kit. The Starter Kit $169 and can be filled with any $235 of products that you choose.

Click here to join, or contact me with any questions you have about being part of my Paper Adventures team.

*Assortments include 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following color collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and 2017–2020 In Colors.

No matter which ink pad assortment you choose, it’s an incredible value. I think the hardest part would be choosing which 10 ink pads were your style!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Jolly July – Christmas has come early!

I’ve just read this week’s Stampin’ Up! updates and all I can say is {WOW}!

Stampin’ Up! are offering a joining special in July that is simply amazing.

Join my Paper Adventures team (Australian stampers only) any time between 1st July and 31st July and you’ll be able to add 10 ink pads to your starter kit at no extra cost.  That’s on top of the great Starter Kit deal we already offer.

Choose from the 4 Color Collections – Brights, Neutrals, Subtles or Regals, or both the In Color Collections (2017-2019 & 2018-2020).

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The Starter Kit is $169 and includes your choice of any $235 of products (plus the ink pad assortment) with free shipping . You’ll be an active demonstrator until at least January 31st 2019, during which time you will receive access to exclusive Stampin’ Up! news, preview & early ordering for 2018 Holiday and 2019 Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Catalogues, support via my Paper Adventures team, plus you’ll get 20%+ discount on every order you place (or 20% commission on orders from customers).

I can answer any questions you have about being part of the Stampin’ Up! family – send me an email, or a message via Facebook.

If this is the offer you’ve been waiting for, click here to start selecting your free ink pad assortment & starter kit items.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Paper Adventures Winter Retreat

Winter has hit with a vengence in south west WA – it’s wet, it’s cold and it’s windy!!!

There have been a few glimpses of sunshine before the regular winter programming returns.

Luckily, for us, stamping is an indoor sport – perfect for all weather.  Too hot – craft in the air-con, too cold – craft with the heater on!!!

Last year we started an annual Paper Adventures Retreat Day, hosted by one of our teamies who has a gorgeous residence in the Perth Hills.  2017 saw us travel up for a beautiful spring day.

2018’s planning involved a wet weather winter trek!!!  We arrived safely and had a wonderful day of crafting – and even managed to sneak some sunshine for a team photo.

Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2018 | kelly kent

Retreat days are all about the crafting and eating!!!

The eating was a shared morning tea. lunch & afternoon tea with everyone contributing something delicious for the day.  Our hostess kept us well hydrated with copious cups of tea and fabulous coffee.

The crafting was make & take style with each of us bringing a project in a box.  You make the sample, cut up the kits and put all the materials in a box.  The boxes are passed around and each crafter makes & takes home one of each design.  It needed to be easy enough to make with minimal instruction within a 30 minute time frame.

I wanted to share the new embossing mat with the team, so this was my card for them to make…

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

The butterfly is from the new Sprintime Impressions Thinlits but instead of cutting it, we layered it with the Embossing Mat to leave the outline on the cardstock.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Other supplies in this card are Nature’s Poem DSP, Stitched Label & Stitched Shapes Framelits and Hanging Garden stamp set.

Because each person created with a different box and created a different card in each time slot, I offered an alternative layout using the same pieces –

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

This is always a fun way to create a ‘different’ card but not having to completely design.  Design & colour choices are always the most complex part of creating cards.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Thanks to our Paper Adventures team for being wonderful – they really are the loveliest people I know!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Sharing What We Love

Year by year, our Paper Adventures team continues to grow as Stampin’ Up! loving crafters join the journey.  Some jump in feet first knowing they are going to love it.  Some take a little longer, but most of our team stay for a while to enjoy the team environment, fantastic discount and perks of being a demonstrator.

We celebrated another success in the team last month when Mary promoted to Bronze Elite. Mary’s 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue wishlist just became an even better deal with a 25% discount on all the Stampin’ Up! she orders.

I celebrate all the successes my team have with a card and gift.  This is the card I made for Mary using everyone’s favourite May pre-release suite – Share What You Love.

Share What You Love | kelly kent

I added in the new Stitched Labels Framelits (available to demonstrators on pre-order now, and to customers from 1st June 2018) – they are oh-so-special!!!

Stitched Labels Framelits | kelly kent

And since Mary couldn’t make it to our demonstrator class last week, I made a Statement of the Heart frame for her craft room.

Share What You Love - Statement of the Heart Shadow Box Frame | kelly kent

If you’d like your very own discount, demonstrator perks and belonging to a wonderful group of stampers, then join our Paper Adventures team.  It’s a wonderful risk-free opportunity #nothingtolose.

Click here to start your Paper Adventure or message me to get more information.

Join Stampin' Up! #nothingtolose | kelly kent

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Paper Adventures Christmas

Earlier in the month, the Paper Adventures team celebrated Christmas.

I forgot to get a team photo (I’m terrible at capturing moments – too busy enjoying them!), but here’s me with our littlest Adventurer…

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

There was food, presents and of course stamping!

I organised a few festive games.  One of them was blindfolded stamping!

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Here’s how it worked…

I provided a box with stamp sets, blocks, ink pads, card bases, DSP, whisper white, ribbon & punches. Only one of each type of item was allowed at any time. Everyone formed teams of 2, with one person blindfolded and one person not. The ‘seeing’ person was able to get items, pass them to the ‘blind’ person, do any cutting required and give verbal instructions. The ‘blind’ person had to do everything else – stamping, sticking, punching, tie bows, etc
We set a 15 minute time limit and at the there was a parade and a winning card was chosen.

Here’s the teams in action…

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Congratulations to Coriana & Kristel for their winning creation!

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017


For our presents we swapped Secret Santa gifts filled with…Stampin’ Up!  That’s what everyone wants for Christmas – yes?!

I got this amazing stamp set from the upcoming Occasions 2018 Catalogue.

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

I can’t wait to ink up in the new year!  It will be perfect for team cards!


Of course there were gifts from me too (I love giving gifts any time of the year but Christmas is perfect for sharing the love!).

Each team member got a personalised Paper Adventures bag…

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

And a card…

Paper Adventures Christmas Card | kelly kent

As I was making the card I loved how it represented me & my style of 2017 – non-traditional colours, gold & white embossing, vellum, snowflakes…

Paper Adventures Christmas Card | kelly kent

And of course a message that shares how much my team means to me…

Paper Adventures Christmas Card | kelly kent

I wonder what 2018 will bring for new favourites & styling.

There’s so much more fun to be had for our Paper Adventures team in 2018.

If you’d like to be part of the fun, join Stampin’ Up! and see what it’s like.  Joining is a risk-free, excellent value opportunity – you should try it!

Click here for more info, or click here to select your Starter Kit.

Starter kits can include any combination of Annual Catalogue items, Holiday Catalogue products or Occasions Catalogue pre-order!!!

There’s never a bad time to join our amazing team!  And next Christmas you can join the party too!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Sketch

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Well, hello December!!!

Our Paper Adventures team has been blogging each month since May – I’m so proud of all the wonderful projects we’ve shared!!!

This month we welcome my beautiful friend Jackie Aitken as a guest designer.  Jackie is a demo who lives in Perth, Western Australia (the town where I grew up) and as well as being so lovely, her designs are amazing!!!  Thanks to Jackie and all my stamping friends that have joined us in 2017 as guest designers.

For December’s hop, I’ve designed a sketch and asked everyone to create a project using this as inspiration.

Paper Adventures December 2017 Blog Hop | kelly kent

Both of my projects tonight contain sneak peeks of what you can expect when the Occasions 2018 & Sale-A-Bration catalogues go live on 3rd January.  So many lovely, pretty & funky new products to own!!!  And some of them are free – yes {FREE} with qualifying purchases!

The first card I am sharing with you tonight is a {VERY} literal use of the sketch.

Party Pandas | kelly kent

New DSP – Tutti Fruitti – where the panels are (the reverse sides are so versatile!), banner across the middle, solid cardstock centre and a sentiment!

Party Pandas | kelly kent

I just can’t get enough of the cute little panda!!!  He’s a free choice during Sale-A-Bration. Spend $90 from 3rd Jan 2018 – 31st March 2018 and you can take him & his friends home!!!

How do I own him now?  #demoperks #joinourPaperAdventuresteam


The second card is a more liberal use of the sketch.

I’ve swapped the panels for soda bottles, the sentiment is in the circle on the middle bottle and the banner is behind the bottles.

Bubble & Fizz | kelly kent

These brightly coloured bottles are from the Bubble & Fizz DSP – another free choice during Sale-A-Bration!  Other coordinating products in this suite are the Bubble Over stamp set, Bottles & Bubbles Framelits and Glitter Epoxy Shapes.

Psssttt…. the framelits cut out the DSP – OMG!

Bubble & Fizz | kelly kent


Are you a little challenged when it comes to lining things up?

Here’s my tips for the panda panel card:

  • Cut your DSP to the size you normally would then trim about 1/4″ off the end.
  • Work out how big each panel needs to be by dividing the length by the DSP by the # panels.  Although I work in inches for cardmaking, the decimal system makes division so much easier!!!.  The panda card has DSP that’s 9.8cm x 13cm, cut into 4.3cm (x9.8cm)  panels
  • Test out that the panel size works – it’s too late once you’ve started sticking!!!
  • When you’ve got the measurement, adhere your end 2 panels first, then the middle one.  This allows you to centre the middle panel with equal distance between the edge ones.  Left to right rarely works out – no matter how hard you try!!

Lining up panels | kelly kent

For the soda card:

  • Adhere the middle bottle first (use a ruler if you’re not so good at judging middle!)
  • Then add the items either side!

Lining up trios | kelly kent


 

Please keep hopping for more great ideas.  Next up is one of our team who is joining in for the first time!  She’s extremely talented, so I’m excited she’s decided to share with you!

Pop over to Joanne Gaff via Facebook to see her take on the sketch.

Thanks for hopping with us today!

If you see any products along the way, everyone on this hop is an Australian demonstrator and can help you with your order.  My online shop is here: http://bit.ly/shopSUwithkellykent

If you’re not in Australia, please visit the Demonstrator Locator at stampinup.com to find a demonstrator who lives close to you.

There are only a few short weeks until new products are available.  Leave me a comment if you live in Australia and need a catalogue sending to you.

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