Twas the Week Before Christmas | Paper Pumpkin

The Paper Pumpkin Kit absolutely stole the show for me this Christmas. This box of gorgeousness is just $37 and included the most amazing stamp set, materials to make 8 cards (including envelopes) and an ink spot to keep in your collection.

That teeny tiny photo of the stamp set at the bottom there doesn’t do justice to just how pretty it stamps! I haven’t actually made any of the cards from the kit, but I did cut up the card bases and made lots of this variation…

Joy to the World | kelly kent

This style of card is from the Double Wonder layout I shared earlier in the year. See the post here. It’s a great way to add a bit of fancy to a card without doing too much to it. The Cherry Cobbler DSP is from another out of catalogue limited edition product – Classic Christmas DSP as part of the Curvy Celebrations release.

Joy to the World | kelly kent

The centrepiece for this card uses the beautiful stamps from the set. I’ve also used them in the middle of the card. The fonts and the styling are so pretty! This could go in the middle of all your Christmas cards!

Joy to the World | kelly kent

The Classic Christmas DSP also has Shaded Spruce version of each pattern, so I made a green version too!

Joy to the World | kelly kent

The strips of DSP and Paper Pumpkin card base are 1″ wide with the card base scored at 1-1/8″ and folded over. One card base will get you 4 alternates in this design – simply add Crumb Cake card bases, Whisper White, coordinating cardstock and DSP and you can turn one Paper Pumpkin card into 4!

Joy to the World | kelly kent

If you order this kit today, you won’t receive it in time to make this year’s Christmas cards, but it will give you plenty of time to make for Christmas 2021 and be ahead of the silly season!!!

Click here to see the kit in my online store. Use the host code XN43CDU4 to receive a Christmas bonus from me in the mail in January.

4 more sleeps til Christmas! Good luck with your Monday to-do list!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #534 | colour challenge

Hello December! Have things starting Jingle Bell-ing at your house yet? For the first time ever, we put our tree up early this year, before the traditional 1st December. It’s one of my most hated jobs, so I tasked Mr Papercraft & the Minis with tree construction & decoration and took off to my Stampin’ Up! team Christmas party! Win-win!!! They did a great job!

The theme for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge isn’t specifically Christmas, but the colours do lend themselves to a classic Christmas theme, so I know we’re going to see a lot of festive crafting. We’d love for you to join the challenge – click here to visit the main JAI blog and add your project to our gallery.

My creation for this challenge uses the stamp set from the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit. You won’t find this is in the catalogue – it’s a special purchase available exclusively to Stampin’ Up! customers while stocks last. You get materials to make 8 fabulous Christmas cards, but also a stamp set and Just Jade ink spot. The stamp set is what drew me in – a beautiful font and pretty theme!

Joy to the World | kelly kent

Although clean and simple (CAS) in the design with lots of white to complete the challenge colours, there’s a bit of fussy cutting in this card for the wreath and flower. Perhaps not ideal for mass production, but a great way to pass some time while watching a favourite TV show.

I’ve coloured the images for the card using a combination of Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers. Though I don’t generally colour large spaces with Stampin’ Write Markers, they are a great option for smaller spaces when there’s not a Blend available in the colour you want (for this card it was Pear Pizzazz for the leaves).

Joy to the World | kelly kent

The embossing folder is one of the mini style (Greenery – from the Annual Catalogue). I have exciting mini news to share with you!!! The Mini Stamp and Cut Embossing Machine is available now as a pre-order for demonstrators and in January for customers. That means you can buy it during Sale-A-Bration (which starts 5th Jan 2021) and get a free Sale-A-Bration item!!!

If you can’t wait til then – my advice is to join my Paper Adventures team and add it to your Starter Kit. You’ll get to choose the Mini S&CEM plus another $131 of products and you’ll only pay $169 with free shipping and a 20% discount on everything you buy while you are an active demonstrator. Plus, you’ll join our amazing team (well, I think we’re amazing!). Click here to visit the join page or message me for more information (Facebook, Instagram, email).

Joy to the World | kelly kent

Since this stamp set has such a beautiful font and a verse that’s perfect for the inside of the card, I embellished the middle to. My stamping straight in the middle of a card tip is to stamp on a smaller piece, cut it out with a cute framelit (I’ve used the Stitched Rectangle Dies) and then adhere it to your card middle. No more wonky stamping or wasted card stock. You could also use your Stamparatus to line it up.

I’ve had a look at the design team cards for this week – and it seems that the Joy to the World stamp set is popuar with a few of us! Click here to see all the design team cards and to enter one of your projects for the challenge.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Happy Birthday to Nanna Papercraft

Nanna and Grandad Papercraft have birthdays that are just 3 days apart. That makes for a busy stretch, especially when you add in the OnStage event in the mix too! So, I am only just getting to sharing the card I made for Nanna Papercraft. You can see Grandad Papercraft’s card by clicking here. That was lots of fun to make!

There’s always a little bit of pressure when making a card for another papercrafter. Especially one who is your Mum and you know what she likes! Mum (Nanna Papercraft) loves finding and making all the cool fancy folds. She often inspires the fancy things we do in classes – I’m much more of a ‘standard card’ kind of girl.

I found this style of card when scrolling through Pinterest for a new and exciting fold to try. Visit the blog of Tina Shaw for her creation plus instructions and measurements. Thanks Tina!

It’s called a Double Fan Fold – and is beautifully glorious! The card folds using a system of clever scored lines.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

But also opens up to a full rectangle…

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

It doesn’t fold in half like a traditional card, so the writing panel is on the back –

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

Since Nanna Papercraft is a lover of all Stampin’ Up! – including retired classics, I chose to pull out some of the prettiest DSP that I’ve been keeping for a special card. This gorgeous design is from the Bird Ballad DSP. In many ways, retired DSP becomes more precious than current supplies, because there’s no way to order more!

I’ve paired the DSP with the coordinating stamp set which was released in the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit last year. Did you see that there’s a Christmas themed Paper Pumpkin kit currently available??? We so rarely get Paper Pumpkin (the US gets it every month), so it’s a fabulous opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. For $37 (plus delivery), you’ll get a limited edition stamp set, ink spot and supplies to make 8 fabulous Christmas cards. Click here to see it in the online store.

The greeting for this card uses the ‘birthday’ die from the Well Written Dies – with Foam Adhesive Sheet to give it texture & height, and the ‘love’ in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock from the Well Said stamp set.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

The foil accents for the card are Champagne – it has such beautiful pink tones that I knew it would coordinate well with the Petal Pink card base.

This card is oversized and doesn’t fit into a standard envelope. Because I was seeing Nanna Papercraft for her birthday, I decided not to make an envelope, but instead tied it closed with a ribbon.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

Which was just perfect for arrival, before it then made it’s home on the dresser.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

The design is free standing when you tweak the folds, which makes it a perfect fancy fold to send for the recipient to display. It reminds me of the meme that floats around about not being able to put an email or text message on the mantlepiece.

Giving cards is definitely less trendy these days – but the joy of receiving something special is still alive and well!

Happy Birthday month to Nanna Papercraft! So glad we got to celebrate with you x

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Pumpkin – Hugs from Shelli Alternative

Wow – what an action packed month May was!!  June is looking just as exciting with a new catalogue starting on Tuesday – woo hoo!!!

While we wait for the new catalogue, there’s still time to order the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit.  Paper Pumpkin is available in the US each month of the year – but not usually in Australia.  As a special release, we’re currently able to order an exclusive global kit called Hugs from Shelli.

Mine arrived during the week and I’ve loved putting together the kit cards.  They are so pretty with beautiful designs in the style of the upcoming Bird Ballad suite.

As well as the supplies to make 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs), you get a stamp set and ink spot for your collection. Plus it comes in a gorgeous box that you can keep long after the kit is made & enjoyed.

The stamp set can be used independently of the kit materials to create your own unique designs. If you’ve already purchased the kit and would like to print a clear case insert, click here to download the artwork (provided by Stampin’ Up!).

I love the cards in the kit – they are perfect for every type of stamper, but I also love the beautiful stamp set and wanted to use it to create my own card using the images and some of my other supplies.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

I’ve used the floral stamp to create my own background / DSP, colouring the middle of the flowers with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend and the buds with Dark Pool Party.  The label is cut in Smoky Slate cardstock using an upcoming product that is going to be a staple for most crafters – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  I’ve used a partial cut to create a pennant style rather than a full hexagon.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

How cute are those feathers???  I love feathers on cards and the styling on the feather in this set appeals to me!

The card base & sentiment label for this creation is Pretty Peacock cardstock – one of the five new In Colors we’ll see featured in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue which goes live on Tuesday.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

The value from this Paper Pumpkin kit is fabulous.  12 cards with printed envelopes, a limited edition stamp set and an ink spot all for $37 (plus post).  It’s only available while stocks last.  To order yours (in Australia), click here to visit in the online store.

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Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit

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Paper Pumpkin is a subscription kit available in North America.  Stampers around the world have been asking for Paper Pumpkin to be rolled out across the globe.  Stampin’ Up! listened and have released a limited edition kit designed by the company founder – Shelli Gardner.

The Shelli kit from Paper Pumpkin includes the following:

  • An exclusive stamp set not available anywhere else
  • One Classic Stampin’ Spot® from our Classic ink collection
  • Paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards** (3 cards of 4 unique designs)
  • 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes
  • Adhesives and embellishments for all 12 cards

** Cards are notecard size

~ You’ll need to own or order a clear block separately from the kit

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colours: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  This kit coordinates with the Bird Ballard suite.

Shelli describes the kit as ‘A touch of earthy and elegant spring with lots of layers and texture.’

See a sneak peek of the kit in this video from Shelli…


I’ll be doing an order tonight to get my Hugs from Shelli Kit (please don’t sell out SU!).  At only $37 for 12 cards plus envelopes, an exclusive stamp set and a Stampin’ Spot, this kit is amazing value!

Let me know if you’re local to Bunbury and would like to add a Hugs from Shelli Kit to my order.  It’s my birthday month, so every order gets an extra gift from me!  Or, order yourself online – click here to view the kit in the online store.

Happy stamping!

Marvellous May

As we hit the final stages of April, I’m excited for all that May holds.  Lucky for me it’s my birthday month – so I don’t have to feel guilty about all the presents I’m going to buy myself.

Top of my list is the Everything is Rosy Product Medley.  This exclusive release is only available during May 2019 – and only as a product bundle.

Available to order from 1st May 2019.  In Australia, the product code is 150059 and will be $139 (plus shipping).  This link will work in my online store from 1st May – click here to order. Use the host code: 63PH63XY to receive a birthday gift from me to you!

I’d suggest ordering earlier in the month.  Supplies of this gorgeous suite are limited and only available while stocks last.  With rose gold being so trendy right now, I know lots of my customers and demonstrator friends are going to want to own this exclusive set of products.

The list of inclusions in this product medley is amazing!  I’d buy it just for that DSP & foil sheets – hello rose gold!!!

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

Here’s a close up of the stamp set artwork…

See the suite in this video…

I just can’t wait!!

Here’s some sample projects made by the Stampin’ Up! staff with the suite –


The next thing on my birthday list is a present directly from Shelli Gardner – the co-founder of Stampin’ Up!  She’s made a So Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit that will be available across the globe!  And it gets released O N   M Y   B I R T H D A Y !  That means I HAVE to have it – yes?!

Paper Pumpkin is usually only available in North American and some parts of Canada, but this kit is so special, they’re letting us get in on the action too!

This kit will be $37 in the Australian online store and is available from 15th May 2019 while stocks last.  Product code: 152032.

From 15th May, this link will connect you to the product in my online store – click here.  Or, register your interest in this kit with me and I’ll order it for you on 15th May so you don’t miss out.

Here’s a video showing you the sneak peek of the kit contents…


And finally, the third thing that makes me excited in May is the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue pre-order!

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As a demonstrator, I get a head start on ordering from the new catalogue!!!  You can too by joining my Paper Adventures team.  Preorder items can be added to your Starter Kit, so from 2nd May, purchase the starter kit for $169 and fill it with $235 of new catalogue preorder items.  You’ll receive free shipping on your Starter Kit – and a discount on any further orders with a 20% discount until at least October 2019.  Work your way through your wishlist with demonstrator perks.

Click here to read more &/or join Stampin’ Up!

Part of my preorder will also be a stock of the new catalogue.  I’ll be delivering these to anyone who has placed an order with me in the past 6 months.  If you haven’t ordered through me previously and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to send you a copy of the catalogue to spark your creativity & passion.  This catalogue is amazing – you’ll want a copy!

Facebook or email me with your address and I’ll make sure to get one in your hands as soon as they arrive with me.


So you can see what a marvellous May it’s going to be!!!

If you’d like to have me at your house for a workshop with your family & friends, please get in touch.  I’m available to show you my preorder items, retiring products and carryover items.  Alternatively, you may like to attend a class at my house in Dalyellup (Bunbury).  I have a class this coming Monday – 29th April 2019.  The next class is Monday 20th May 2019.

You can contact me via Facebook (click here) or email (click here).

It’s going to be a great month – celebrate with me and buy yourself a little something.  Click here to browse the online store.

All orders placed during May will receive a little something extra from me.  You all know how much I love giving gifts!

Happy birthday to me!!