Coordinating Cards | Monopoly Jnr

I love buying birthday presents but I hate buying things for people that they don’t want. More toys when they have enough, bath bombs when they don’t own a bath or chocolate when they’ve decided to stop eating sugar! And in this day and age of mass consumerism, it’s so hard to know what people already have. So… my go-to strategies for gifts are experiences, vouchers that can be turned into the perfect gift or asking for gift ideas.

If it doesn’t ruin the surprise I will use the ‘ask and you shall receive’ strategy. When I asked one of my gorgeous friends what her little Mr 5 would like for his upcoming birthday she suggested a board game he had played with family but didn’t own. We love games at our house and have an overflowing cupboard of board, game and other types of family games.

The request was a classic – Monopoly Junior. We have this game – ours is a classic version with the old school car tokens and primary coloured houses. When I went shopping, I found a new version with awesome tokens – a dinosaur, a duck, a penguin and dog.

Always on the lookout for an option to make a card personalised, the layout of the box provided great inspiration for a coordinating card.

We are currently in the final days of the Last Chance Retirement List for the Annual Catalogue . You have until tomorrow (Monday) evening to buy any favourites. This DSP on this card – for the background and birthday boy name – is from the Artistry Blooms DSP pack. It’s on sale at just $16.

The letters are from the Playful Alphabet Dies, which I am happy to see carryover to the new Annual Catalogue. This starts on Tuesday (4th May) and is filled with so many amazing new products to fall in love with.

The dinosaur is from a retired DSP pack – Dinoroar. I have an extensive collection of DSP which comes in handy for custom themes.

Happy birthday to the birthday boy! We hope enjoy Monopoly Jnr all year long!

For the Love of Sharing | Tea-Riffic

Hello followers!  School holidays started here last week and with the good weather and longer days just starting to emerge, it’s the perfect time to refocus and reconnect.  This week’s posts have all been written in advance and scheduled (the joys of technology!).  I’m putting down my phone and taking a break from social media.  It’s time for some distraction free family time!

Today’s pre-planned share is part of the series I like to think of as ‘for the love of sharing’.  These cards usually contain a larger portion of non Stampin’ Up! items than usual.  Using other brands allow me to explore and experiment with different styles and patterns than those available from Stampin’ Up!.  Other brands complement the product range at Stampin’ Up! beautifully and often allow more freedom in our creativity.

Tea-Riffic | kelly kent

This card was made for a gorgeous friend of mine who loves tea as much as I do.  Her gift was tea-related, so I needed a cute card to match.

Tea-Riffic | kelly kent

You know I love a punny card.  The shape and pretty font of the Playful Alphabet Dies make it so easy to customise any sentiment!!!  See my gin-credible card here.

Tea-Riffic | kelly kent

Supplies:

  • Cardstock: Rococo Rose, Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Stamp sets: Press On (Stampin’ Up!), Reveal Wheel Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
  • Dies: Playful Alphabet
  • Patterned Paper: Daydream (Cocoa Vanilla)
  • Other products: Wink of Stella (Stampin’ Up!)

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kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Have a Hoot

Hello!  Thanks for joining me and my stamping friends around the world for a Stamp Review Crew hop.  Today we’re all creating using the Have A Hoot stamp set and Peek-A-Hoot Dies.

I’ve blogged before about how much I love this bundle – so I’m excited to join in with a hop that celebrates it’s awesomeness!!!

My card is a Christmas card in non-traditional colours.  I love the classic red & green combo but I really love Christmas in blue!

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

The base for this card is Misty Moonlight with a Seaside Spray mat.  The top layer – cut with the awesome 3 part tag die from the Peek-A-Hoot Dies is Whisper White.  The sentiments are white embossing on Night of Navy cardstock and the “OWL” letters are Flowers for Every Season DSP.  They are of course the Playful Alphabet Dies (another favourite!) with Foam Adhesive Sheets to make the letters pop!

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

I love being able to customise cards so they are meaningful.  For this card, I stamped the two owls together and also the owls on the branch and layered them to recreate my family dynamic.  Any guesses who the rouge little one jumping at the back might be???  They are easy to colour using Stampin’ Blends.

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card appeals to my ‘punny’ side.  Another variation is to leave out the little owls and use the two snuggly owls with “TWO” letters (‘from two of us’).

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

This stamp set has it all – images you can colour, super cute sentiments (in a fabulous font) and great accessory stamps.  The fact that it has amazing coordinating dies (and the tag frame) is a wonderful bonus!  The sentiments in the set also cater to Halloween – which is great for me because I rarely buy a dedicated Halloween set and then always end up wanting to make something at the last minute in late October!


I have one more card to share with you.  This one combines the sweet little owl with the Gift Wrapped bundle (also from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue).

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

Next up on the hop is my beautiful and creative friend Lou Kitzelman.

The main post for this hop is available at the Stamp Review Crew blog (it may not be live until later today, so check back if it’s not up yet).  You can also see previous hops where you’ll find inspiration for so many favourite stamp sets.

Thanks for hopping with us.  Have a marvellous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

In Good Taste | new home

I was asked by a friend to make a new house card.  Is there a better combination for this theme than the In Good Taste DSP (filled with home textile patterns), Home Together Dies (I bought these for exactly this theme) and Playful Alphabet Dies (for making the sentiment perfectly customised!).

New Home | kelly kent

This card is very neutral in it’s tones and makes me thing of a display home with a fabulously neutral colour scheme ready to add some pops of colour and a personal touch!

New Home | kelly kent

The little home & heart die is my favourite in the set and just so cute!!

New Home | kelly kent

Although I almost always make standard A6 size cards (half an A4 sheet folded), I wanted the long space of a DL sized card (8-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ folded in half).

Seeing all the earthy tones of this card makes me want to make another one in glorious bright colours!  That might be a good project for today!

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Like Gnome Other | “Speechie”

Although I’d love to hang out at the craft table all day (and night) I have two other jobs that keep me busy.  They are both equally as fun and interesting with very different pay rates and job descriptions.  My job as a Mumma to the three Mini Papercrafts pays in love and kisses.  My job as a Speech Pathologist pays in gratitude and the satisfaction of being able to help children communicate.

Last week was Speech Pathology Week – a week of celebrating Speech Pathologists and the workplaces in which they help others.  The theme for 2020 was Communicating with Confidence.  This is me with my fabulous work colleagues in our Speech Pathology Week shirts.

Out Loud Developmental Services | Speech Pathology Team

Approximately 5% of the population have communication difficulties.  Communicating with confidence is vital to enable everyone to participate fully in the social, educational, economic and sporting aspects of community life. We believe that families have the right to access the support and opportunities they need to help their children develop, learn, participate and thrive.  It’s a pleasure to be part of the complex journey a family takes when their child has a communication difficulty.


A couple of weeks ago my love of paper and being a Speech Pathologist collided when a friend needed a card to thank the Speech Pathologist her son had been seeing.  Speech Pathologists, affectionately known as “Speechies” love a good play on words, so gnome pun seemed like the perfect card for the occasion.

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

This card started with the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set – specifically the ‘like gnome other’ phrase.  The base of the card uses the Peek-A-Hoot Dies to create some structure for the other parts of the card – and a window for the cute little gnome house to peek out.  The DSP for this card is from the In Good Taste DSP.

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

The gnome has undergone a transition from Christmas gnome to garden themed gnome with some paper piecing on her hat and coordinating colouring with Stampin’ Blends.

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

The “Speechie” letters are cut from the Playful Alphabet Dies in Misty Moonlight cardstock with Foam Adhesive Sheets for extra impact and lots of Wink of Stella for the sparkle she deserves!

Speechie Like Gnome Other | kelly kent

If you’re looking for a thank you stamp set for your collection to cover all types of thankful occasions, I really love the Massive Thanks stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

Thank you to all the Speech Pathologists across the world – you are awesome!  If you know a “Speechie”, let them know what a fantastic job they are doing!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Just Add Ink #520 | Guys

I’m so excited for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge – it’s all about the guys.  Cards for our male counterparts can sometimes be a little more challenging, so I can’t wait to see the inspiration that will fill our gallery.

This challenge came at a great time for me as Little Mister Papercraft turns 2 this week!  After having two girls, it’s a delight to see life from the perspective of a “boy mum”.  It’s all go – perpetual movement, lots of outside play and if it’s got wheels, then it’s awesome!

The On The Move stamp set from the Annual Catalogue was a must have on my shopping list.

Sometimes when stamp sets come along they are just right for the long term collection and I see this set serving up lots of “little guy” cards in the years to come (and maybe even some big guy cards too!).  You can see the slider card I made last month using this set by clicking here.

I wanted this card for Mr Almost-Two to be all about the trains – you may notice similarities to a certain blue tank engine that he’s obsessed with!

On The Move | kelly kent

Using makeup brushes and Stampin’ Up! ink I blended the background on Whisper White cardstock (and splattered with water for extra texture) .  The sky is Balmy Blue and Pacific Point, the grass is Garden Green & Granny Apple Green.  The hill was cut using the Home Together Dies.

On The Move | kelly kent

The letters are from the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet backing – my current obsession and making it to every card I make at the moment!!!

The sentiment is from the All of Us stamp set – I’m a sucker for a great “happy birthday” stamp.

On The Move | kelly kent

If you need an excuse to add some ‘guy’ cards to your stash, have a certain guy in mind or just love playing along with the Just Add Ink challenges, please pop over to the Just Add Ink blog and add your card to the gallery.

Here is a photo of Little Master Papercraft with his train loaded cake taking great delight in the sparklers on the top of the cake.

© kelly kent

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | 24 Aug 2020

Social Stamping has been going strong in term 3 with Mandy Depiazzi and Narelle Simm joining me to host this fun & creative card making session every week.

It was my turn to design the cards for yesterday’s class.  We’d had requests from some of our regular stampers to make teen and masculine cards, so that was my aim.

The first card started off as a series of black and white pieces, which I shared on my Instagram Stories. Don’t follow me yet?  You’ll find all my cards on my page and some bits and pieces of my day to day activities in my Instagram stories.  Click here to follow.

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All that black & white turned into a colourful birthday with the help of Stampin’ Blends.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The “HAPPY” is from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set – stamped on the Stamparatus using the hinged stamping technique to get even spacing.  In the between spaces we stamped ‘happy birthday’ from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.  And then we added more “HAPPY” using the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet, coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  The stripes on the card base are coordinating Stampin’ Blends using the brush end.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

For those that preferred a more muted colour combination, there was an ombre option too…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The second card was inspired by a card in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue (pg 29) using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gears Dies.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The catalogue is such a great place to check in for inspiration.  The sample in the catalogue was an invite, but I changed up the sentiment using the Well Said stamp set for either a Father’s Day or birthday option.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The background is Cajun Craze cardstock with Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing.  The layers are a Night of Navy 2″ strip of cardstock punched with the Banner Triple punch, a 2-1/2″ circle (this punch is now retired but there are similar options in the Layering Circles Dies) in Misty Moonlight cardstock that has been scrunched for a grungy look and a car from Geared Up Garage stamped in Real Red ink & die cut with the coordinating Garage Gears Dies.  Some Linen Thread finished the look and a sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Stampers had the option to fussy cut around the words or punch with the Classic Label punch.

This card brought about the most creativity of the day.  There were a few happy accidents with the embossing which led to sideways layouts and cards with fantastic ways to style the words including a sign post variation.

Although there’s a design to guide you, Social Stamping classes are all about having fun and I was so happy to see the stampers letting their inner creativity shine.

Social Stamping | kelly kent

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to join us for Social Stamping, we’d love to see you there!  The next session is Monday 31st August at 9.30am at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.  RSVP welcome but not essential via my Facebook page.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Gin-credible Birthday

Last weekend I asked you to vote on my Facebook page for which stamp set I should play with next.  It was a clear win for the “Nothing’s Better Than” stamp set at 16-6.

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Inspired by the gift, here is the gin themed card I created using the stamp set and Playful Alphabet Dies.  Hello fun cocktail image!

Gin-credible Birthday | kelly kent

The DSP for the background and “GIN” letters is from the Forever Greenery DSP.  I love a punny card and being able to create your own sentiment using these letters is awesome!

Gin-credible Birthday | kelly kent

The rest of the sentiment is from two stamp sets – Have a Hoot stamp set (Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue) and From All of Us (2020-2021 Annual Catalogue).

Gin-credible Birthday | kelly kent

I love being able to create a gift with personal touches.  The gin is from a local distillery (click here to see their website) and the glass was made using my Silhouette Cameo (click here for the etsy listing for the cut file).  Can you tell the recipient loves gin?!?

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Banners

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures Team Hop.  The theme today is banners and we welcome my gorgeous friend, and fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Melissa Gifford as our guest designer.  I can’t wait for you to hop around and see what banner styles everyone has used!

I made this card a little while ago for a gorgeous new baby. Don’t you just love the name???

Banners | kelly kent

It was made to coordinate with the gift – a personalised towel embroidered by local company Dalyellup Designs.

Banners | kelly kent

Sticking to my mantra this year to let my creativity not be limited by current vs retired, this card features a mix of things you can find in the current Stampin’ Up! catalogues and products from the archives.

The banner die and awesome lettering are both from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’m sure you’d believe me when I share that I bought the Tasteful Labels Dies just for that stitched banner – it was an instant crush!  The letters with the Foam Adhesive Sheets for extra pop are from the Playful Alphabet Dies – one of the must haves from the catalogue.  The embossing folder is a new pattern from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue – Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders (skinny duo combo packs).

Banners | kelly kent

On the retired side we have a super cute giraffe from the Zoo Babies stamp set,  darling baby sentiment from the Fable Friends stamp set, Whisper White Baker’s Twine and Dressed to Impress DSP.  No point in keeping favourites if you’re not going to use them -right!?!

Banners | kelly kent

I really loved this design so I made a “BABY” version using yellow tones.

Banners | kelly kent

The congrats sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set.


If you don’t already have the Playful Alphabet Dies, Foam Adhesive Sheets and Tasteful Labels Dies, you can purchase them in my online store – click here to visit.

For more great projects and I’m sure more temptation for the wishlist, please keep hopping and visit Melissa Gifford, our guest designer.

Paper Adventures | celebrating the wins

Our Paper Adventures Team had a team meeting on the weekend – which is always a highlight on my calendar.  Is there any better social occasion than a cup of tea and cake with friends who share the same passion, great conversation, lots of laughs and an opportunity to get inky – all in the space of a morning!

The topics of conversation vary at meetings but we usually discuss the catalogues – favourite products and things we might have missed noticing, team news – who’s doing what and any Stampin’ Up! news.

As part of the meeting, I had the delightful task of congratulating Lisa Whitehead who has shown great innovation and dedication over the past 12 months and promoted to Bronze Elite level.  This means she earns herself an extra 5% commission on everything she sells to her customers and 5% extra discount on her own personal spending.

This is the card I made her to go with a personalised gift…

Yay You! | kelly kent

The Stitched Triangles Dies were a must have for me from the Annual Catalogue.  I love anything stitched, and the geometric finish of the triangle shapes makes them super fun to work with!

Yay You! | kelly kent

Don’t you love how the light catches those letters!  The Playful Alphabet Dies were another first love from the Annual Catalogue.  The light catching the Copper Foil on these letters makes the card shine!

Yay You! | kelly kent

And for that extra bit of wow, I’ve added the foil to the Foam Adhesive Sheet before running them through the Die Cutting Machine.  It’s so easy but so effective.  If you buy the Playful Alphabet Dies, you must buy the Foam Adhesive Sheets as well!

Yay You! | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Bermuda Bay, Bumbleebee, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with Copper Foil letters on a Whisper White base.

Congratulations again to Lisa – a well deserved promotion!  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com