Twas the Day Before Christmas | Merry & Bright

Happy Christmas Eve! We made it to the day before!!!

If Paper Pumpkin won Christmas for me this year, the Peace & Joy bundle stole my heart!

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

From the layering stamps and dies to those amazing teeny tiny little block words, this stamp set was the perfect sentiment option for the bright & bold this Christmas!

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

It also had accessory stamps such as the cute holly I’ve used to dress up this card.

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

If you need cards in a hurry today, this banner layout using stripes of 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″ DSP (I used Heartwarming Hugs) and the Triple Banner Punch. Add your favourite – or closest to hand – Christmas stamps and you’ll have a set of cards ready to share in no time at all!

If you celebrate Christmas tonight, I hope your celebrations are wonderful. If you have toys to construct, presents to wrap, food to cook or a house to clean, I wish you patience and hope there’s some frivolity & joy in your preparations.

One more sleep (hopefully a full night of it!!!)

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | merry & bright

Hello! Has the silly season hit your house yet? I feel like it has all ramped up here, just in the past week! In Australia, Christmas coincides with the end of our school year, so it’s a whole big flurry of activity as activities end (and have end of year concerts and performances) and school draws to a close for 2020.

The theme for the Social Stamping blog host this month is ‘merry & bright’. This happens to be one of the sentiment options in my favourite bundle from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

The Peace & Joy bundle comes with a stamp set filled with sentiment and artistic stamping options and a die set to coordinate with the large words.

The large sentiment stamps (peace, joy and bright) can be cut and layered using the dies, but I’ve added texture for these cards using two tone inking. I first inked up the stamp in the lighter colour (Seaside Spray) and added the darker ink (Misty Moonlight) using a Sponge Dauber. It creates a beautiful dimension without having to use the dies.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

The colours for these cards are Whisper White and Smoky Slate together with Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy (and a touch of silver foil). My favourite Christmas combinations are usually not traditional red & greens.

Are you making cards in bulk this Christmas? One easy way to extend the design is use the same pieces, but slightly change the layout. I’ve done this my turning the card into a portrait orientation and made the strips into banners using the Banners Pick A Punch.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Other products used for this card were:

  • Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
  • Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Sprig Punch
  • Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack
  • Metallic Pearls

The other cards I’m sharing with you today use the Peace & Joy Bundle with the same layout and features, but in pink tones. Ever since I saw the stamps in this set, I’ve had plans to combine them with the Beautiful World stamp set to create a play on the ‘joy to the world’ theme. You could also do this for ‘peace on earth’.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Once again, the colours are non-traditional Christmas in Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride, with Whisper White and Sahara Sand.

The two tone sentiment is the same technique as well, using Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose ink. I’ve also stamped the globe in Granny Apple Green and edged in Mossy Meadow.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Other products in this card are the Subtle Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies and Basic Pearl Jewels.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

These cards were an option for Social Stamping this term. If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to make some pretty Christmas cards, we’d love to have you join us on a Monday morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe (9.30am start, see here for all the details). We have 2 sessions left for 2020.

I can imagine a ‘peace to you and yours’ using this layout and design style in traditional Christmas colours, but I ran out of time this week to create them! That’s a project for another day!

To see what the rest of my stamping friends have been up to with their Christmas creations, keep hopping. Next up is my lovely friend Elizabeth Gross in QLD. To see the full list of stampers joining me today, click here for the main blog host post.

I hope you have a merry and bright lead up to Christmas! Tis the season to be jolly!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Trimming the Town | Step Panel Card

This style of card (Step Panel Card) has been on my to-make list for forever. It’s definitely in the category of super easy once you know how and looks amazing, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to try it out!

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The card has two hinged sections which sit into box shapes when the card is standing up and lay flat when folded. This means it can be displayed beautifully, but it can also fit into a standard size envelope.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

I followed instructions and measurements by Amanda Bates – you can see her post here.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The theme for this card started with wanting to have the cute little Christmas trees from the Home Together Dies on the front panel. I used the ink swiping technique to create the coloured cardstock for these. Using the edge of your inkpad, swipe the whole pad (at an angle) across a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I layered Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz to get some contrast in green. I used the same technique for the cardstock on the front of the card base.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The Trimming the Town DSP coordinated beautifully with my trees so I’ve used it on the back panel of the card. The front panel is Whisper White with embossing from the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder.

Step Panel Card | kelly kent

The finishing touches were Gold Glitter Enamel Dots and a Christmas sentiment from the Peace & Joy stamp set.

You can see the card above all folded up and ready to go in the envelope. It’s the perfect level of fancy, fun and practical for Christmas cards you need to post this festive season.

If you need any more supplies for you stamping stash, my online store is open 24-7 and delivery starts at a very low $5.95 direct to your door. Click here to start adding to your shopping cart.

Happy shopping and stamping!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Wrapped in Christmas

Hello!  It’s another week and another Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I always love Mondays when I get to hop with my international Stampin’ Up! friends.  Today we’re all creating using the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set.

It contains 10 fabulous sentiments that you can use for all your cards this festive season.

My cards today have the same basic layout and design using two of the sentiments from this set.  The first one features the NOEL stamp.  The stitching detail on this stamp is so pretty!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Just Jade, Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock.  I always love an ombre colour palette!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

You might be able to do the background stamping on a Stamparatus – but I just eyeball the position and go for it!  It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be!

If you’re joining me at Social Stamping this morning, this is one of the cards we are making.  If you live in the Bunbury area, we’d love to have you come along and craft with us.  Every Monday morning for the next 8 weeks – 9.30am at Taste of Dalyellup cafe.  All the event details are on my Facebook page.


The other card I’m sharing using the same background stamping technique using the ‘peace on earth’ stamp.

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Rococo Rose, Night of Navy and Smoky Slate.  Another favourite combination of mine!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The ‘peace on earth’ sentiment in the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set also appears in the Peace & Joy bundle.  What a perfect combination!  And for even more amazing coordination, I’ve added in the globe from the World Map Dies.  These products work so well together!


The hop continues for more Christmas inspiration with Cindy Elam

I hope your week is wonderful!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com