It’s an Animal Expedition for Miss 8

8 years ago I was in labour with the first of our Miss Papercrafts.  She took her time coming, so technically her birthday isn’t until tomorrow, but we’re back on deck with Colour INKspiration tomorrow so I thought I’d do a sneaky share today (thankfully she doesn’t read my blog!)

Usually for birthdays I match the theme of the card with the party or present theme.   Now that she’s getting older, her presents are often experiences and opportunities – which don’t always translate well to cards.

So this year, I did something I’m not sure I’ve done before – I asked her what she wanted on her birthday card.  No surprises from our future Vet, she asked for animals.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

The Animal Expedition DSP made for a fun & pretty card base. This DSP is awesome – I just love the colouring, style and different animal choices.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

I added a birthday sentiment panel using the large circle from Swirly Frames, words from the Piece of Cake stamp set and a glittery number 8 using retired Large Numbers and Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper.  I find myself using quite a few of my retired products lately – I love keeping things that are just perfect for a card down the track.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

The stamps in the Swirly Frames set are fabulous for adding detail to plain shapes.  It’s been on my shelf for a while, but it wasn’t until this week that I got it inky.

Here’s an iphone quickie (while it’s still on my work space!) of a card I made for a custom order during the week using the rectangle frame…

A Little Wild | kelly kent

What stamp set is sitting on your shelf needing some love?

If there’s one thing stampers are good at, it’s collecting supplies and forgetting to send cards!  I’m running behind on my February birthday cards – hoping to get them posted very soon!

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Stamp Review Crew – Labeler Alphabet

Hello Monday!  Hope your week has started well!

Today for Stamp Review Crew, this wonderful international crew of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are creating using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

You may have just come from the gorgeous Linda Callahan in the US!  Or starting here with  me in Australia.  Next stop is Tanya back in the US!  Wonderfully international – and very talented!!!

This stamp set is a long time favourite of mine!  Alphabet stamps are already good for when the sentiments you’ve got don’t quite fit the occasion!  Or to add that personal touch.

This sassy get well card I made earlier in the year is still one of my favourites.


I’ve made three cards to share with you today.

The first card is to go with a present I bought for Miss Papercraft’s teacher.  They’ve been reading all of the books in the Roald Dahl series, so when I saw a Roald Dahl fact book / sampler, I thought it would make a great classroom resource.

Of course every good present needs a card, so I made this card inspired by the part in Matilda where she telekinetically raises a piece of chalk to the blackboard and writes on it.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

I left the ‘A’ unfinished as I’m sure there are lots of adjectives that a teacher could use to describe a class full of year 1 students!!!  Awesome, atrocious, amazing, awful….

It’s a vocabulary lesson right there!

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


The next card is for a little Warrior who has a long history of medical treatment.  I lovely friend put me onto the Communified Facebook page, where each month they share the story of a chronically ill child.

June’s Warrior is Tayte.  He loves lego, so I made him this interactive Lego waterfall card.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

The Labeler Alphabet stamp set was handy to not only add his name (because a personal touch is always awesome) but the ‘pull’ instruction so they could work out how to get the card to move.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


And the final card for today is another mermaid card.  Did you enjoy my colour combinations last week?

Here’s another set of colours – Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Berry Burst & Basic Black!

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

This card is my take on the ‘be a unicorn’ theme.

Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


That is all today!!!  As you can see, I love this stamp set a lot!

And find it easy to find ways to use it in my cardmaking, but I can’t wait to see how the rest of the crew have used it!

Next up is the wonderfully talented Tanya Boser

Thanks for hopping with us!


Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set

Important extras for the blackboard card

Important extras for the Lego card

Important extras for the mermaid card

Double Happiness Wedding Wishes

It’s been a big week of custom requests – which I {LOVE}!

This one was a wedding card with an Asian theme.

I used the couple’s wedding invite as a base for the theme – giving me a colour palette of red, white & black and the beautiful Chinese symbol for double happiness.

This is what I created…

The double happiness symbol was the centrepiece of the card, surrounded by some red cherry blossoms made using the Tree Builder punch.

I added their initials on vellum in gold embossing to the bottom right hand corner and finished the card with some pretty hearts from the Window Box Thinlits die.

I hope the happy couple had a wonderful wedding day!  It was a pleasure to make a card for your special occasion.


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Personalised Christening Wishes

I had the pleasure of being asked to make a personalised Christening card last week.

For me, the personal touch is one of the biggest bonuses of making cards!

My inspiration for the layout came from Vanessa Webb’s beautiful anniversary card.

I love all the layers & texture of this style of card.

A close up of the cross feature…

How I told you how much I love those doilies???  I bet I have!!!

And the Stitched Shapes – oh my!

So many pretty things to love – and make into sweet personalised cards like this one.


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Super Zac – Fighting Tiger!

The card I’m sharing with you today is special – it was sent to a little man who is currently going through chemo for leukemia.

His Nanny is one of my stamping friends and has been one of his biggest supporters.

Having girls about the same age, these stories always have a personal touch – even though I’ve never met Zac.

So, when Lynne told us of the fight little Zac was going through, I knew a personalised card would add a bright touch to a difficult period.

He’s been described as a fighting tiger – and he’s a super hero in my eyes, so I made a super tiger card just for him.

Fighting Tiger - Super Zac! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The tiger was inspired by the one Dawn Tidd made for a Stamp Review Crew post.

Fighting Tiger - Super Zac! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Personalised cards are my favourite type!  The joy of being able to create something special for someone special – knowing you couldn’t buy it at the shops, even if you tried!!!

Good luck with your fight Zac!  You’re not just Zac, you’re Super Zac – Fighting Tiger!!!

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Better Together Wedding Wishes

I’m at a wedding today – the beautiful union between one of my best friends from uni & her suave (now) husband.

This is the card I made for them, using some of my favourite supplies.

Monogrammed Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Many of the products I used for this creation are at the top end of pricing – but don’t let that deter you.  They are great, solid investments that you won’t regret.

The first is the Large Letters framelits and Letters for You stamp set.

Letter sets are amongst my favourite purchases – it adds so many options for personalisation.

For me, one of the greatest pleasures of card making is being able to create something you can’t easily buy in the retail market.

Monogrammed Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The best value purchase for this set is using the 50% discount you earn when hosting a workshop with sales of $750 or more.

Any crafter can be a host – ask me how!


The next great investment is the Better Together stamp set.

It’s {FILLED} with really useful sentiments in great layouts and fonts.  You’ll be able to use them on all your cards & projects.

Better Together stamp set - wedding card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I added the sentiment to the outside of a custom made envelope – just for a different touch!


The final ‘must-have’ is the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits – so elegant and such a lovely feature piece.

It looks stunning in gold glimmer paper!!!

Monogrammed Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Lots of wedding wishes for the happy couple.  Now, it’s time to party!!!

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Foxy Punch Art

I’ve been away this weekend and made a dash to Will’s first birthday party this afternoon, so I’m only just getting a chance now to share his card with you.  The colours and theme were once again inspired by a birthday invite, which for Will’s party was “Woodland Animals”.

Here is the fox punch art.  I’ve discovered over the past few weeks just how versatile the Flower Fair framelits are for punch art!

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Fox Punch Art Breakdown:

Face: 1-3/8″ Circle Bermuda Bay circle with the sides cut out using the Large Oval, then glued onto a Whisper White 1-3/8″ Circle

Ears: Bird Builder

Eyes & Nose: Cupcake Builder

Body: Large Oval (tummy is retired Small Oval)

Legs: 1/2″ Circle snipped to size

Tail: Flower Fair framelits


For that extra special ‘foxy’ touch inside, I added the fox from Hey, Valentine.  I was able to mask the original sentiment, and add in happy birthday which made him the perfect match for Will’s first birthday card.  A wonderful happy coincidence!!!

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And this is the card!  Will’s invite had a fabulous stripy font for his name, so I downloaded Bad Stripes from dafont.com and using the RGB codes for the Stampin’ Up! colours, I recoloured each of the letters to match my Stampin’ Up! pallette.  And to finish it off, I added Happy Birthday, from “From the Herd” which is also fabulous & stripey.  I do love it when everything coordinates.

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The card was loved by Will’s family and we loved the party.  So, a good day for everyone!  Happy 1st birthday Will!  Love Kelly and the baby foxes x

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