Stamp Review Crew | Many Messages

Hello! Happy Easter! Did the Easter Bunny arrive at your place? Easter chocolate is my favourite so I always make sure to buy a little extra to keep me going through the next couple of months.

I’m hopping today with my friends from around the world. We’re sharing projects using the Many Messages stamp set and coordinating Messages Dies.

Although this stamp set can stand alone in its use, I think it’s best used to complement other themes and sets in your collection. It’s a one-stop shop for all occasions sentiments. But, since this hop is all about this bundle, I’ve tried to incorporate more than just the greetings by using the dies to create a background mosaic as well.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The first card uses the pretty purples in the range to create a ‘magical’ themed card. To coordinate with the styling of the sentiments, I’ve paired with the Hippo Happiness stamp set & dies.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The base is Purple Posy cardstock – sized at 5″ wide and 6-1/8″ long – to accommodate the full die set. I am trying to be more flexible with my card sizing this year and this was the perfect opportunity. I’ve double layered all those die cuts, using the negative to space them as per the layout on the die plate. The double layer gives nice depth and texture without the full height of dimensionals.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The rainbow is cut using different patterns from the range of DSP stacks I have in my collection – past, future and current. The colours are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy. They are layered on a vellum circle and finished with a heart from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. The rainbow is a cut file I used on my Cameo. You could easily cut something simliar by hand. If you have an e-cutter and would like this gorgeous pattern, you can purchase it from On the Beach Boutique.

The second card uses the same styling but in different colours and another flexible card size.

Many Messages | kelly kent

This card base is Thick Basic White cardstock in 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and I’ve again used tone-on-tone for the die cut background.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The rainbow is Magneta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Goregeous Grape and Bumblebee – and from the DSP stack that is coming up in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue which gets released in May. They were a special pre-purchase available in demonstrators during Sale-A-Bration or part of the starter kit for demonstrators who joined during Sale-A-Bration.

Do you have a favourite? Ombre purples or the bright rainbow?

There really is sentiments to suit a whole range of occasions. The sentments are all on one large stamp and the die plate is also one full piece so you do all the hard work in on motion (well two – stamp once, cut once!). Use some immediately and then save the rest for when you get a quick greeting on a card.

To see how the rest of the crew used the range of sentiments, please keep hopping. The next stop is the gorgeous Ann Schach is the USA.

Thanks for hopping with us today. To see the full line up of amazing designers, please visit the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | Brushed Blooms

After a little delay to the start of Social Stamping at the cafe this term (thanks to a snap lockdown), I can’t believe tomorrow is our last session of Term 1. We’ve made some great cards, drunk delicious coffee and shared lots of laughs! The good news is that after a break for school holidays, we’ll be back again in Term 2!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the cards for tomorrow. Inspired by the catalogue sample on page 29, I’ve adapted to make it work for a larger group.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Rather than stamping each of the colours using the stamp, I’ve used the die to cut out the brushstrokes and filled them in with colour from behind. In rainbow order, they are Magenta Madness, Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

We don’t have the option to heat emboss at the cafe, so I’ve changed the sentiment to white cardstock with Night of Navy ink, and also used Night of Navy for the leaves. Using a dark blue instead of black is one of my favourite tips for getting a dark but solid image. Memento and StazOn black inks are great and definitely have their purposes, but I find it hard to get a consistent coverage unless I stamp several times.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

The roses are stamped in Gorgeous Grape and cut with the dies from this coordinating set – Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies. I’ve layered on a vellum circle to give some definition and added some gold gem bling!

I always offer any alternative for classes – but the differences on this one are subtle! The specific sizing of the Brushstrokes die makes it hard to change the layout too much!

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Can you spot the changes? The flowers are on the left side, the sentiment in stamped on a long strip and not cut into words and the brushstrokes are upside down compared to the other cards. I can’t wait to see how the stampers change up the design tomorrow to show their creative flair.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Join me tomorrow at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe – 9.30am start. We have the table reserved until 11am, but you can dash off before then if you need!

See you tomorrow. If you’re definitely going to be there, let me know so I can save a kit for you. RSVPS are helpful but not essential – I always have extras on the day.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Twas the Week Before Christmas | Team Gifts

Hello! It’s been a very quiet blogging month for me. Behind the scenes I’ve been spending almost every night crafting up a storm, which has left very little time to share those projects with you. Blogging is a delicate balance – too much time spent photographing, editing, watermarking, uploading and writing posts means too little time spent making!!!

The balance is important here at Papercraft HQ. My time is always a juggle between mummy duties, paid work (I’m a paediatric Speech Pathologist) and having a social life of my own! I don’t think I always got it right in 2020, but on reflection, its been a year full of lots of amazing, so I can’t complain!

To catch up on what I’ve been up to, I’m aiming to share a project a day with you for the rest of 2020. The week it’s all about Christmas. If you’re a deadline crafter like me, then you may still have some cards to make in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re all done and dusted on Christmas crafting for 2020, then make sure to save your favourites to Pinterest for next year’s creative endeavours!

Today’s project to share is my team gifts for 2020. This year our team celebrated twice – a lunch in Mandurah (the half way point between our Perth & Bunbury teamies) and a lunch and team class in Bunbury.

The concept for the jars started as a ‘motivation pot’. I wanted the team to have something on their desk that they could dip into when they were feeling a little low on crafty mojo. What better way to inspire creativity than a little sugar?

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

I also stamped and added some positive sayings from a beautiful Uniquely Creative set I was gifted by a friend. If sugar doesn’t do the trick, then hopefully some words of affirmation help to get those creative juices flowing again!

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

The jars for the project were from Kmart. The rainbow was the inspiration for the accompanying tag – and has become my motif for this Christmas. It was drawn freehand with the brush end of Stampin’ Blends, which means I can create it in any colour and match it to the project or wrapping. The stamps are from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set (a little christmas wish), Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (heart) and my name is from a personalised stamp I own. I’ve been using Night of Navy and other dark inks lots this festive season an an alternative to black. They stamp so nice and bold!

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

The saying on the top resonated with me and I hope with the team too. I’m a big believer in the philosophy of our actions and reactions being a choice. I choose kind as my action and positive as my reaction and outlook. I’m looking forward to reading a book recommended by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass called Adversity is the Way by Ryan Holiday (some good “holiday” reading – pun intended!!!).

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

Lucky for me our team is wonderful and so supportive of each other in both our creative endeavours and everyday life.

There’s always room for more on our Paper Adventures team, so if you love stamping, we’d love to have you join us and craft the live you love. Click here to purchase your Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit and join us!

Have a great week! Christmas countdown is on!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Perfectly Plaid

Hello! There’s 5 Mondays in November this year, which means a bonus hop for Stamp Review Crew. The specially chosen extra set is a Christmas set from the Annual Catalogue – Perfectly Plaid. Did you spy the Christmas sets hiding out in our year long catalogue?

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

The first is one that we are making at Social Stamping this morning (starting in just a few moments). Here’s the sneak peak if you are reading this before you come!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

It looks like a Santa Suit with buttons from the All Dressed Up Dies. The belly band – his belt – is removable…

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

And when it opens up, it’s both a card and a gift card holder.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I’ve used the sentiments from the Perfectly Plaid stamp – ‘ho ho ho’ is just perfect for Santa! And a Merry Christmas on the inside.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

For the second card, I couldn’t resist using my favourite tree image from the set. There’s three to choose from, and I just think this one is so sweet!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The colours and layout were inspired by the leafy hearts of the first hop of this month. You can see the rainbow leaf hearts by clicking here. The colours are: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay & Gorgeous Grape.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The trees were so easy to line up using the Stamparatus – and the hinge stamping means you get even spacing between the trees. This tree stamp in the set comes with a coordinating stamp that fills in the leaves of the tree – making it easy to add the pops of colour.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I added matching stars to the top (die cut using the smallest star die from the Stitched Stars set) as the finishing touch. It’s purposefully sentiment free, though I am still tempted to add a sentiment from a different set as the ones in the Perfectly Plaid stamp set don’t suit the vision I have for the card. Do you ever mix & match images & sentiments from different sets? It’s a great way to extend the style of a stamp set and give it new life.

Next stop on this international hop is the fun stylings of Mike Funke in the US.

Thanks for hopping with us today. If you need any supplies for your Christmas crafting, be sure to visit stampinup.com.au. If you already have a demonstrator, please shop with them. If you live in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator, you can add me as yours in the online store by searching for ‘Kelly Kent’ in the “select a demonstrator to shop with” field.

You can always message me on Facebook or Instagram with any questions you have or email me by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | rainbows from kelly

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Hello!  This is week 3 of Social Stamping.  I started this blog host when COVID-19 made social distancing a term in everyone’s regular vocabulary and our opportunities for face-to-face contact with family, friends and colleagues became limited.  Wanting to continue to share and inspire after so many of use had to cancel classes and events, I brought together some amazing friends from my Stampin’ Up! network.   You’ll find the full list of bloggers for this week’s hop by clicking here.

Today’s theme is rainbows.  One of the lovely positives to come out of COVID-19 is the way communities – both local and through technology – have connected.  In the face of the chaos that is this virus, I am choosing to seek as much of the positives as possible.  Finding joy in the storm is definitely a silver lining!

I’ve had several friends share the Rainbow Trail with me on Facebook (click here to see it too).  The Rainbow Trail encourages people to add a rainbow of colour to the world in publicly visible artwork projets.  The most popular has been chalk drawings on footpaths & driveways, but I’ve also seen painted fences, covered lamp posts, canvas & poster paintings and baked goods.

So, with the help of the Miss Papercrafts, our project this week was to contribute to the Rainbow Trail and make a butterfly rainbow.

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This is the front of our house.  We live on a bush block in the suburb of Dalyellup, part of the greater Bunbury region, about 2 hours south of Perth in Western Australia.

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The window is actually my craft room, so when I sit at my desk now and look out, I can see a beautiful array of butterflies.

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To create some texture on the rainbow, I used two different colours for each layer of the rainbow (14 colours in all).

  • Violet – Gorgeous Grape & Highland Heather
  • Indigo – Pacific Point & Blueberry Bushel
  • Blue – Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay
  • Green – Granny Apple Green & Call Me Clover
  • Yellow – Daffodil Delight & Mango Melody
  • Orange – Pumpkin Pie & Calypso Coral
  • Red – Real Red & Lovely Lipstick

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We also used 2 different butterfly products – the joined butterfly from Butterfly Beauty Dies and the large & small butterflies from the Butterfly Duet Punch.  In total, the rainbow has over 600 butterflies!!!  The Little Miss Papercrafts helped with everything showing great teamwork for this art project.  Little Master Papercraft even got in on the action, adding some texture of his own to our pile of butterflies when he kept walking over them while we were cutting & poking out all the middle bits!!!

Here’s a video of the rainbow…

We took some time to work out what saying we wanted to add to our butterfly mural.  We are of course all in this together, as we make conscious choices to “flatten the curve”, protect each other, hero our essential workers and pull together to keep each other safe – both physically & mentally.  But in the end, we decided to choose a quote that reflects the enormity of this situation – “the greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow”.

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Although this virus has caused great adversity, I know on the other side of it (and perhaps even from within our days of acute corona-ness), we’ll see so many shining lights that arise from the global lockdown we’re currently in.  Already, there are reports of brighter skies & clearer water.  We’re seeing acts of kindness on a regular basis as we look after the most vulnerable members of society.   And, we are adapting to the ‘new normal’ like never before, showing tremendous creativity & resilience.

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We are choosing to embrace the positives and hope you do too!


Next up on this blog host is Angela Meiriz-Reid, who is one of the most beautiful people I know, with absolute sunshine radiating from her soul.
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Stay strong, stay safe and stay connected.  We’re all in this together!

Getting Ready for St Patrick’s Day 2018

I love making cards for St Patrick’s Day – must be the irish name!

It’s such a fun & happy theme!

With the Rainbow Builder Dies currently available in the Annual Catalogue and lots of hearts on offer, this card came together in a snap!

St Patrick's Day 2018 | kelly kent

Teeny Tiny Sentiments is always my go-to for specific occasions – it covers a whole range across the year including the lucky green day!St Patrick's Day 2018 | kelly kent

To make your own rainbow, pot of gold & shamrock card, here’s the supplies you’ll need….

St Patrick's Day 2018 | kelly kent

Our Irish & Irish loving friends will be in their element this Saturday!!!

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ESAD Blog Hop | Stampin’ Blends

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Hello! Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop. To find all out about ESAD – who we are and where to find us, check out the graphic at the end of this post.

Today’s theme is Stampin’ Blends.  These gorgeous alcohol markers are either a new addition to the range or a returning friend – depending on how you look at it.

Stampin’ Up! released a range of alcohol markers a few years ago, but the formulation just wasn’t right.  So, they took them off the market and have spent those year developing an even better product.  You’ve got to love a company that refuses to sell something that simply isn’t the best for their customers!

The Stampin’ Blends are available in 12 colour pairs (light & dark), two skin tones and a colour lifter.  Buy the whole set or stock up a few colours at a time – the choice is yours!!!

My post forms part of a circle of posts, so make sure to keep hitting ‘next’ until you get back to where you started – that way you won’t miss out on a moment of inspiration.

If you’re not sure about whether you need these markers or not, I’m sure this blog hop will show you just how awesome they are.

The versatility of the markers is awesome.  Because they are alcohol based (rather than water based like our Stampin’ Write Markers), you can use them for a range of projects including colour blending on card and adding colour on alternative surfaces.

It’s the adding colour on alternative surfaces that excites me!!!

My share for today is some temporary tattoos I made for the little misses.

Stampin’ Up! doesn’t sell the tattoo paper (you can search for that online).  It was a recent impulse buy.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but then when the Blends came back on the scene, it was the perfect project!

The kids loved making them with me and they look so cute!!!

This is the mermaid from Message in a Bottle stamp set.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Can you sense the excitement at personalised tattoos???

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Of course, tattoo fun must extend to both Miss Papercrafts, so we got to try out a few designs…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas was a little more fussy to cut, but a cute Christmas option…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

We also tried blending the colours – which worked out ok.  Because the tattoo paper surface is glossy, they moved around a lot, but we got some colour variation on the bird from Color Me Happy…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

And finally, a free hand rainbow (this is actually my favourite)!

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Make sure you follow the instructions that come with your tattoo paper, but the basic process for me was….

  1. Stamp the image in Memento Jet Black ink.  Give it some time to dry.
  2. Colour the image using Stampin’ Blends.
  3. Apply the adhesive tattoo transfer sheet.  Press firmly with the Bone Folder.
  4. Trim around the image leaving no border (if possible)
  5. Remove the protective sheet and apply face down onto skin.
  6. Wet the tattoo with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  7. Slide off the backing.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The tattoo designs will either need to be stamped black images that you colour with the Blends or drawn freehand with the Blends as you can’t apply Blends directly to your stamps.

These tattoos are temporary.  Of the four we applied, two had come off within hours (quite a few hours – but they didn’t see the day out).  Two made it through the day, but the colour faded and the edges lifted.  This was amazing considering they lasted through sunscreen, sweat, two showers and a swim in the pool!

I actually don’t see the short term nature of the tattoos as a problem.  They are a great option for an occasion or special event without being left with a fading tattoo for the days or weeks afterward!  If you do want to remove them, they easily come off with some Isocol (rubbing alcohol).


Thank you so much for joining me for this blog hop.

Please keep hopping and visit the lovely Barbara Williams

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If you get lost along the way, there’s a full participant list at the end of this post.

For information on supplies, please check the list of products I used.  All supplies can be purchased from your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  If your wishlist has grown as a result of this hop, you’ll be excited to know that Stampin’ Up! is covered the shipping on all orders from midnight Sydney time tonight until 11.59pm (8.59pm WA time).  What a perfect time to order those Blends!!!

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Participant List:

  1. Libby Dyson
  2. Rachael Lewsley
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Nerida Carter
  6. Jessie Holton
  7. Kristel Rimmer
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Amity Knight
  11. Maree McIntosh
  12. Leonie Schroder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Fi Cobbin

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Other products used…

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