Stamp Review Crew | Bike Ride

Happy Monday!  The kids are back at school today after a wonderful school holidays.  I have the pleasure of sharing my love of Stampin’ Up! this morning with a class of gorgeous ladies.  We’re making three cards – including one of the cards I’m sharing today.

Today’s hop is with my international Stampin’ Up! demonstrator friends as we all share projects using the same stamp set.  The theme for this hop is Bike Ride, which has coordinating dies.  Both these items are on the retirement list – get yours while stocks last.

This is one of the sentiment free stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! released.  It’s designed to be paired with sentiments from other sets.  Because of this, the artwork is full of fabulous images that coordinate with the bike.  This was the inspiration for my trio of cards – using the flowers, books & dog and not the bike to create fun birthday cards using repetitive stamping.

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The layout is the one I shared for the Paper Adventures team blog hop this month (click here to see my ‘Inspired by Fashion’ card).  I love how easy it is to create interesting cards using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.  Thankfully they are NOT on the retirement list.

Each card has the image stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink, colour added and then cut using the Stitched Rectangle Framelit (3rd down from the biggest).

The floral card has been coloured using the stamps in the set – there’s a stamp to colour the leaves and also one for the flowers.  Makes it super quick to colour the images.

Colours: Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo & Granny Apple Green ink

Finished with a Daffodil Delight frame and Flirty Flamingo sentiment.

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The next card uses the book image.  This is my favourite accessory stamp from the set!

Colours: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather & Smoky Slate

Finished with a Smoky Slate frame & Highland Heather sentiment

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The third card from the trio uses the cute little doggie.  Isn’t he just the sweetest!

Colours: Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends – I coloured this one by hand rather than the stamp in the set because I wanted a checkered scarf for him.

Finished with a Real Red frame & Basic Black sentiment.

Bike Ride | kelly kent


After making these cards, I couldn’t resist making a card using the actual bike from the set.  For some reason I find it hard to see this bike in any other colour than Mint Macaron! (I think because this style of bike is so trendy at the moment!).

So, using the same layout, here’s my Mint Macaron bike…

Bike Ride | kelly kent

I never knew the die set had that cute little banner!  What have you discovered about a favourite stamp or die set just before it retires???

Speaking of retiring, I’ve snuck a little Lost Lagoon into this card – because I love it and even though something retires, doesn’t mean it loses its value.  Stampin’ Up! has an eternal lifespan as long as it holds a special place in your heart.  Some sets are worth keeping.  So, one more question – what retired colour, stamp die or other Stampin’ Up! favourite have you been unable to part with?

Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your favourites and then jump on your bike over to Charlet Mallett for her amazing project.


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Inspired by Fashion

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Welcome to another Friday night and another Paper Adventures team hop.  You’re going to love this one – the theme is ‘Inspired by Fashion’ and we have the gorgeous Emma Goddard joining us.  There were quite a few happy dances done by the team when Emma said yes!

I can’t wait for you to see which direction everyone went in their fashion inspiration.  For me, fashion, home decor and marketing trends are a great source of inspiration.  Largely because Stampin’ Up! are always so great at being right on trend with their colours, stamps and accessories.

My card today is not the card I originally had in mind when I suggested this topic for our team hop.  I’m still hoping to make that card – because in my head, it’s awesome!

Instead, I’m sharing a card that I just had to make after seeing this cute design in the Big W catalogue.  For my international friends, Big W is like Target or ASDA.

Seen those flowers before somewhere?

They reminded me of the stamps in the Perennial Birthday stamp set!!!

This is the card I made using a panel inspired by the sleeping bag, offset with a Rectangle Stitched Framelit frame.

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

I love the blue and pink together.  I’ve used Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy, Powder Pink and Blushing Bride.

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

All the stitched shapes help to elevate what would be a simple card into the next level.  I simply can’t craft without them now!!!

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

This is another layout that I’m storing away for future use.  It’s simple yet engaging and could be used with a stamped piece as I have here, or with a piece of DSP for a very quick & easy card!


Next up on our team hop is Anne Barker who shares her creations on Facebook.  I can’t wait for you to see her stylish project!!!

Thanks for hopping with us!

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Just Add Ink #416 | Sketch

Hey there!  Thanks for joining me for tonight’s Just Add Ink challenge.

This week we’re all creating to Patrice’s awesome sketch.

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Sketches are one of my favourite challenge types because I love all the different directions it takes the design team.  I’m usually very literal in sketch interpretation (and this week is no different).  I get blown away by the creativity of the design team and how they use the sketch.

Of all my new catalogue items, I keep going back to the Animal Outing & Animal Friends bundle.  The characters are cute & quirky and they make for great universal cards.  My greatest Stampin’ Up! wish would be for a ‘happy birthday’ stamp in each set – but I have lots of choices for mixing & matching!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The DSP in this card is also from the Animal Expedition suite.  It’s part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion in July and I will be stocking up!!!  Read all the details here.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

I’ve been desperate to use the gorgeous giraffe print die since getting these framelits – how amazing does it look layered on a card!!  The framelits are very useful – they cut out all the animals in the set (which I remembered after I fussy cut the frog/tree!!) and have extra pieces like the giraffe pattern to add interesting features to your projects.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe and frog have been quickly coloured using Stampin’ Blends.  I’m not a natural with colouring (and I don’t worry about being perfect). I love how easy Stampin’ Blends are to use.  I’ve got the 11 new colours on their way to me.  Looking forward to some more colour options – especially greens!!!  See more info here.


It would be great to have you join in with our sketch challenge.  You’ll find entry over on the Just Add Ink blog, along with the awesome design team cards for the week.

Happy stamping over the weekend – the forecast in my house is perfect for stamping in my pjs!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Colour INKspiration #30

Welcome to a Colour INKspiration blog hop where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand share their creations using the same colour palette and then invite you to share your creations with us via our Facebook group.  Click here to visit Colour INKspiration Challenges.

These are the colours for challenge #30 based on this amazing inspiration photo.

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This is Pebble Shore Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana.  I’d love to visit and see these spectacular colours in real life!

This is my creation using these bold & fun colours…

Happy BEER Day! | kelly kent

I love a good pun!

Happy BEER Day! | kelly kent

But I added a beer to the inside of the card with a birthday message – just in case they didn’t get the pun!

Happy BEER Day! | kelly kent

Don’t forget to share your card using these colours via our Facebook group.

Thanks for visiting.  Next up on the Colour INKspiration hop is my gorgeous friend with an amazing way with colour – Kim Badelt.

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Perennial Birthday

The Perennial Birthday stamp set in the Occasions Catalogue is designed to go with the Perennial Birthday Project Kit (see how that works!!).

This is the gorgeous stamp set…

And the amazing kit…

Both are stunning!  But you don’t have to purchase them together (you can…. but you don’t have to!)

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

This card was quick to stamp in Memento Ink & colour with Stampin’ Blends.

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

The colours for the large flowers are:

  • Dark Pink Pirouette & Light Rich Razzleberry
  • Light Rich Razzleberry & Dark Rich Razzleberry

The leaves are Light & Dark Old Olive.

The little flowers are Light Night of Navy, Dark Pink Pirouette & Light Rich Razzleberry.

If you’re ever unsure about colour combinations – pop back to the catalogue and see what colours the concept artists have used in the catalogue samples.  Always good for a hit of inspiration!

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

Much of the reason I love this stamp set is about that birthday greeting – it’s just too gorgeous for words #fontnerd

There’s 6 birthday sentiments and 8 other stamps – perfect for all your birthday creations!

Shop for stamping supplies here…. you know you want to!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stampin’ Up! Kits – So Much Happy!

I was using my collection of Stampin’ Up! kits to make some customer thank you cards and fell in love all over again!

Stampin' Up! Kits | kelly kent

They are amazingly quality, with high-end design and offer options for beginner & experience crafters.

For the beginner – look for all-inclusive kits and follow the instructions to create beautiful cards with only extra adhesive required.

For the experienced crafter – add in supplies from your craft stash to change up the designs & add your own personal touch.

Each new catalogue release brings new kit options.

There are three kits available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue plus a planner.

Here’s two of the card kits….

Soft Sayings Kit | kelly kent

Oh Happy Day Kit | kelly kent


Color Me Happy was a special release card kit designed to showcase the beautiful new Stampin’ Blends.

Some alternative colours/designs shown here with a sneak peek of the Magic & Myths Washi Tape…

Color Me Happy Kit | kelly kent


There are two new kits available to purchase from 3rd January 2018 in the 2018 Occasions Catalogue.

Perennial Birthday Kit | kelly kent

Lots of Happy Kit | kelly kent

If you’ve never owned a kit before, make sure you have a New Year’s resolution to buy one!!

If you’ve already added kits to your collection, you’re going to love the new kits available in the New Year – they are special!!!

Classes are available in the Bunbury area for you & your friends to make any style of kit under my guidance.  It’s a great social get-together.  Email me to arrange a date!

If you’d prefer to purchase a kit, I can be persuaded to put it together for you for a small cost.

What can I say, I just love making cards!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Featured Kits

Perennial Birthday Project Kit

$45.00
available 3rd Jan 2018

Lots Of Happy Card Kit

$61.00
available 3rd Jan 2018