Dragonfly Garden | coming soon

You may have seen the OnStage@Home event from November 2020. All the fun of a Stampin’ Up! event with our Paper Adventures Team held in homes around the world. I’m so excited to know that we’ll have another OnStage@Home event in April 2021. It will be available to any Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – and the good news is that if you join my team in January, you’ll be an active demonstrator for this event, regardless of your sales. Join my Paper Adventures team during Sale-A-Bration (starts 5th Jan 2021) and you’ll receive the usual Starter Kit at $169 for your choice of $235 of Stampin’ Up! products plus 5 packs of DSP that are not yet available in a catalogue! Click here to customise your Starter Kit or email me with any questions.

These were the cards we made using the Dragonfly Garden bundle (stamp set & punch) at the November event – a very early sneak peek at the time from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. It releases on Tuesday – just a few more sleeps away! See the original post from OnStage@Home with lots of photos here.

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

Today I’m sharing two more cards I made using products from this suite – the Dragonfly Garden stamp set, Dragonflies Punch and Dandy Garden DSP.

The first card uses the dragonflies from the punch in a white on white pattern and with a dragonfly from the DSP as the pop of colour- coordinated with the card base (of course).

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

The sentiment is a simple white on black heat embossed ‘thank you’ from the Boho Indigo stamp set.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

The second card is a peekaboo style card – made using the Classic Label Punch.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

The front panel opens up and the dragonfly slips through to create a fun fold.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

Here’s the card looking from the top.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

This set is a must have for dragonfly lovers! Plus so much more in the new catalogue! Stampin’ Up! have provided pages and pages of fabulous new products ready for a new home in your craft room! Is your craft room ready???

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Gnome for the Holidays

Hello! This is my last Stamp Review Crew hop for 2020. There’s another hop in a couple of weeks, but it’s not a stamp set I added to my collection in time.

Today we’re sharing projects made using the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set – found in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue. You can see the main blog post for this hop by clicking here.

This stamp set was love at first sight when I saw it in the catalogue! It’s been fun to add those sweet little gnomes to holiday cards. The sentiments from this set work well with other stamp sets too, making it a versatile option for all your Christmas crafting needs.

My card today is a Vellum Panel card. You can see Jennifer McGuire’s tutorial video here. I love vellum and use it often to soften up a busy DSP, but I’ve never used it as the card base!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

Vellum on its own isn’t strong enough as a card base, so this design uses Heartwarming Hugs DSP on the back layer and part of a piece of cardstock on the front, so a cute peek-a-boo effect.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The Gnome for the Holidays stamp set is great for creating a scene. I stamped the treehouse and then cut it out using a die from the Hippo & Friends Dies. The gnomes were stamped on Whisper White and fussy cut. All of the pretty pictures were brought to life with Stampin’ Blends. How vibrant are those colours!!!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The embossing for this card is Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder cut at an angle.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

Is this a card style that you’ve tried? Feel like it might work for some of your festive crafting?

This stamp set has so much to offer and so many different styles you can use. One of my favourite cards this year was made using this set –

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent
Originally shared for Just Add Ink #530

There’s plenty more inspiration on this hop. Next up is Mike Funke in the US with a great gnomey project….

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | April Kits – Bonanza Buddies

I’m starting to design the cards for my May card kits.  Thank you to everyone who purchased the supplies to turn the 5 kits into cards in April.

Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the May kits.  These can be posted Australia wide and include all materials except sentiment stamping and adhesive. Perfect for some stress-free crafting, design/layout inspiration or a little mojo kick-start.

Two of the cards in April’s kits used the Birthday Bonanza suite.  There’s always a surprise retirement for me in every catalogue, and this was it for 2020!  I’m going to miss these cute little critters!

I think this card style is called a Peekaboo Card since you can see through the front layer of the card to the back, but I’m not 100% sure. If you’ve heard a different name, please leave me a comment.

Birthday Bonanza | kelly kent

There was a Coastal Cabana version and a Daffodil Delight version.

Birthday Bonanza | kelly kent

The tag from the Bonanza Dies worked perfectly as the upright portion to hold the two front layers together.

Here’s a side view…

Birthday Bonanza | kelly kent

The card kits were sent with pre-cut card bases & cardstock pieces, die cut embellishments, Birthday Bonanza DSP and ribbon.

Birthday Bonanza | kelly kent

All ready for a fun craft session – add your own sentiments to customise with adhesives of your choice!


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Just Add Ink #451 | Inspiration

Hello!  It’s been a quiet week on the blog, so I’m excited to have snuck in some craft time to be able to share a Just Add Ink card with you.

It’s a photo inspiration challenge – chosen by Jo..   Does that photo make you want to drop everything and spend the morning (or day) sipping on tea at the cafe???

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I pulled together elements from the card to make a peekaboo style birthday card.

It’s plain on the front – inspired by the Mint Macaron wooden windows and chalkboard menu…

Barn Door | kelly kent

And then opens up…

Barn Door | kelly kent

…. to reveal the birthday message!

Barn Door | kelly kent

I used magnets to help with a good close when flat.

The shimmery sentiment was achieved by using several inkings & the Stamparatus.  I first stamped the whole stamp in Blushing Bride.  Then I added Flirty Flamingo across the middle of the stamp with a sponge dauber and then Lovely Lipstick across the bottom before restamping on top of the Blushing Bride image.  And finally, I added Frost White Shimmer Paint directly to the stamp with a sponge dauber before stamping a third time.

Barn Door | kelly kent

This card was so much fun to make!  I’m not sure I’ve made anything previously with the Barn Door bundle, but it was perfect for my vision for the photo inspiration.


We’d love for you to join us over at the Just Add Ink blog.  Check out what the other design team members have made and add your own crafty project to the link up to enter the challenge.

See you for the next challenge!


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Just Add Ink #398 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  And welcome to this week’s Just Add Ink challenge.

It’s a gorgeous trio of colours and I can’t wait to see what everyone makes with it this week.

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Visit the Just Add Ink blog for all the design team cards.  While you are there, join the challenge and upload your Berry Burst, Sahara Sand & Whisper White creation!

I have owned the Remarkable You stamp set for – well, forever!  And I think I have inked up one of the flowers previously, but it seems I was saving the rest of the set for the perfect occasion/card.  This was it!

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

I have no idea what this style of card is called, with the Window Sheet across the middle panel, but it was fun to make!

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

The mainly neutral palette with a pop of colour makes my heart sing!  So pretty!

The flowers have lots of Wink of Stella on them – for added “pop” but it’s always hard to get a good photograph of that!

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

The measurements for this card are –

  • Sahara Sand 5-7/8″ x 5-1/4″ (scored at 4-1/8″)
  • Sahara Sand 5-7/8″ x 1-1/8″
  • Window Sheet 5-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ (or slightly smaller if you are worried about overhang)
  • Whisper White 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″
  • Sahara Sand 2 pieces of 5-3/4″ x 1″ (which cover the tape you used to stick the Window Sheet to the card front)

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

Please join the challenge on the Just Add Ink blog and join me next fortnight for our 400th challenge!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Curious about our new tutorial series?  Pop by the Stamp In Confidence blog to get all the info!

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Just Add Ink #367 – Colour Combination

It’s late on a Thurs night, which means a Just Add Ink challenge card!

I’m going to start this post by saying that Patrice – the ‘lovely’ lady who put these 4 colours together in the same box – almost made me cry.

I really, really struggled with Crumb Cake & Lemon Lime Twist !

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Despite the pending tears, I was excited to try an idea I’d seen shared by Jamilla Ivits to use the embossing paste to create dinosaur fossils!  Her card is super cool – you can see it here.

This is my version….

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I used the dinosaur fossil on the bottom layer – stamped on coloured embossing paste – and created a peek-a-boo style card with a magnifying glass for the top layer.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

Although these colours challenged me (slightly), it was fun to work through how to use them to create the fossil!

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I coloured the embossing paste with Crumb Cake reinker, smeared it across the card base and let it dry for a few moments.

Once it was ‘tacky’ but not wet, I stamped the dinosaur skeleton onto the embossing paste to make an impression.  I let it dry a little more then stamped the skeleton again, but this time it was inked up in Crumb Cake ink.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I wanted to ‘dirty’ up the leaves a little, so instead of stamping in just Lemon Lime Twist ink, I used a baby wipe to create a blend of LLT & Crumb Cake, which when used as an ink pad, created a mottled effect for the leaves.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

The bright green sentiment really pops!

I can see why LLT is such a new favourite for everyone.  And it’s really growing on me… just maybe not with Crumb Cake!

Though, the rest of the design team have totally nailed this colour combination and have awesome inspiration using these 4 colours!

Make sure you visit the Just Add Ink blog to see all the DT cards – and add your inspiration to our weekly challenge.


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