See You Later Large Letters!

As with every catalogue transition, products retire to make room for new products we didn’t know we needed!

Unfortunately, sometimes that list contains catalogue favourites and it’s easy to assume products will be around forever – like the Large Letters.  I was surprised to see these staple dies on the Last Chance Retirement List.  They are a big ticket item – which means they may have always been on your list but never quite made it to the top.  If you think you’ll regret not adding them to your collection, now is the time!  They are available until 3rd June (or stocks sell out).

Large Letter Dies are great for personalisation – like these eclipse cards that were trendy in 2018, and still fun to make in 2019!

Happy Birthday Eclipse | kelly kent

As well as the large letters retiring, all the current DSP is on the Last Chance list too.  Make sure you’ve got a spare pack of all your favourites.  For this card, I’ve used the Best Route DSP.

Happy Birthday Eclipse | kelly kent

Don’t worry, not everything on this card is retiring.  The Stitched Rectangle Dies and the Well Said stamp set (both used for my sentiment) are very firmly in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  Phew!!!

You can shop for any of your Last Chance Retirement List items in my online store – open 24/7 and shopping late at night in your pjs in encouraged.

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I’ll continue to share a variety of Stampin’ Up! products over the next couple of weeks as we near the start of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue – which launches on 4th June.  Check back for more retirement list products, carryover favourites and new catalogue sneak peeks!  To make sure you don’t miss anything, subscribe to receive emails updates with every blog I post.

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Wonderful Mother’s Day

It was Mother’s Day here in Australia today.  I enjoyed a weekend of family time as I celebrated being a Mum to my three mini Papercrafts and also celebrating with my Mum – Nanna Papercraft.

I received thoughtful gifts from my gorgeous trio – a handmade box with gift vouchers, a personalised decorated stationary set, presents from the school Mothers Day stall, cards & artwork from school and a cute llama mama nightie which I shall be snugly wearing to bed tonight!

Here’s a proud Mum share of their handmade papercrafts (with thanks to Nanna Papercraft for being the facilitator).

Mother's Day 2019 | kelly kent

I’m also sharing one of Maddie’s Mother’s Day artworks because it was so cute – my love of paper, stamps & inks is no secret in this house!

Mother's Day 2019 | kelly kent


For my Mum this Mother’s Day I’ve been working on a Mini Album Card using Floral Romance DSP.  I love the combination of green, purple, pink & white – in such a delicate balance.  I was able to complete it this week when my Everything is Rosy Product Medley arrived.

Wonderful Romance + Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

Sometimes when products have an identity within a bundle, it’s hard to see them any other way, but the stamps & dies that come in the Everything is Rosy Product Medley are so versatile, they go with lots of the other Stampin’ Up! designs – especially florals.

Wonderful Romance + Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

Somewhere between a scrapbook album and a fancy card, the Mini Album is a great way to take the card to a whole new level!  This is the second Mini Album card I’ve shared.  You can find the first one as part of the ESAD blog hop last month with full instructions – click here.

Wonderful Romance + Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

You can see how well the stamps & dies blend with the DSP for a wonderful collaboration.  Mixing between suites & bundles gives new life to everything you own!

The sentiment stamp set I’ve used for this card is called Strong & Beautiful and is on page 48 of the Occasions Catalogue.  It’s full of empowering words and fabulous phrases – ready to stamp and send to your Mum, girlfriends, team members or other women in your life worth admiring.

Wonderful Romance + Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

The vellum sheets in the Floral Romance DSP are so delightful!  Delicate yet bright, they add elegance to every project!  For this card I’ve used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere them to Whisper White cardstock before adding them as a layer to my card.

The Floral Romance DSP is on the Last Chance Retirement List.  If you love this DSP, it’ll be worth stocking up now before it is no longer available.

You’ll find the links to all the products I used in the table below.  Click to be taken to my online store where you can browse til your heart is content!


I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, and the week ahead is filled with wonderful!


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Leaves, Wood & Wedding Anniversaries

It was a very happy wedding anniversary to this gorgeous couple today…

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

It was also Naked Gardening Day – but no photos of that to share!!!

I had the pleasure of being part of the celebrations on the day these two said “I do” on the south coast of WA 6 years ago.  It was filled with gumboots, large trees, a vintage Combi van and so much love.

With both the bride and the groom have connections to the picturesque forest of the south coast so the wedding theme, including stationary was nature & woodsy.  Over the years their anniversary cards have been a mix of the wedding colour palette of Peach Parfait, Wild Wasabi & Calypso Coral.  After a colour refresh and a craft room clean out, I had to refresh the colours and this year it’s Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral.  Leaf from the Rooted in Nature stamp set.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

I’ve added in a Wood Textures background – one of the many DSP patterns on the retirement list.  I’m going to miss this classic mix of wood tones that are perfect for so many cards!

The sentiment is from a retired stamp set that gets a good workout in my craft room – Milestone Moments.  I’ve embossed on vellum in black embossing powder.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

Of course, the card features a Stitched Shape panel.  I may have to challenge myself to create a card without using stitching!  But then again, every card deserves a stitched finish!  Thankfully all my favourite stitched die options will be available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.


Happy anniversary friends – may your day be as exciting and full of laughter as those celebrating World Naked Gardening Day!

PS, if you live in Australia and find the name of the Rooted in Nature stamp set hilarious given our slang, then surely Rooted in Nature on World Gardening Day is next level!!!


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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 #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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CASEing the Catty #221 | Needlepoint Nook

Thanks for joining us for tonight’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.  We’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Needlepoint Nook section of the catalogue.

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This suite is one of my favourites from the 2019 Occasions catalogue.  I love the colour palette, the beautiful photographic patterns in the DSP and the fabulous bundle.  So it was easy for me to find something inspiring in the catalogue to join this challenge.

After seeing the fabulous pop up froggie card  Jay Soriano made for the Creating Kindness Blog hop (see it here), I’ve had it on my agenda to make one.  Jay has an excellent tutorial video on his blog post and has kindly shared all the measurements.

Using the catalogue card on the bottom right of the picture above as the inspiration for the colours & styling of my card, I created my first Spinner Pop Up card.  It starts off simple on the front…

Needlepoint Nook Spinner Pop Up Card | kelly kent

But then opens up for all the fun!

Needlepoint Nook Spinner Pop Up Card | kelly kent

Like so many fancy fold cards, the spinner section where all the magic happens needs to be built a particular way, but once you have that down pat, you are only limited by your imagination.  The panel on the right of the card tucks in behind the front panel when folded and then pops up on a spinner arm when the card is opened.

Needlepoint Nook Spinner Pop Up Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the same DSP, floral arrangement, vellum and ribbon to style the card.  The sentiment has been altered to fit and I’ve added pearls for a touch of elegance.

Needlepoint Nook Spinner Pop Up Card | kelly kent

I’ve taken a short video to show you the finished card in action…

This card would look create in so many different colour themes.  Now that I’ve made one, there’ll be no stopping me.  Thanks to Jay for a great tutorial.  To be able to make your own Spinner Pop Up Card, visit Jay’s blog – Mitosu Crafts.

If you’re inspired by pages 38-41 of the Occasions Catalogue, please share your project with us on the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook group.


There’s Needlepoint & more to come on this blog hop.  Next to visit is the fabulous Rose Packer in Victoria.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Painted Seasons DSP with a Healing Hug!

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I’ve been dazzled and amazed by all the Sale-A-Bration choices in 2019.  Did you know we’ve had three separate releases?  You can see all the choices in the online store by clicking here.

One of my favourites is the Painted Seasons DSP – available as a level 1 product when you spend $90+ or in a bundle with the Painted Seasons stamp set when you spend $180+.

The colours in the DSP are so vibrant with a mix of pretty art patterns and bold geometric designs.

When it became available, I made the decision to just get the DSP.  I might have a little bit of buyers remorse now – as I’ve seen so many beautiful cards with the Painted Seasons stamp set.

But – as much as I’d like to buy one of everything, Mr Papercraft insists I spend money on other thing too (like feeding the kids!).

One of the things Stampin’ Up! do really well, is coordination across the range.  So, even though I don’t have the Painted Seasons stamp set, I do have lots of other lovely stamp sets and found that the large rose – also a Distinktive style of stamp – goes really well with this DSP.

My team made their choice of these cards at our most recent team meeting as the make & take project.

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

I love using the art patterns as whole backgrounds for a card.  I’ve then added the largest Stitched Circle in Wood Textures DSP, a Stitched Rectangle embossed with the Country Floral Embossing Folder (another of my favourite Sale-A-Bration choices), Polka Dot ribbon, Healing Hug rose and the Happy Birthday from Well Said on another Stitched Rectangle.  I do love the stitched die options – how did we ever craft without them?

The rose in this version is Poppy Parade to coordinate with the DSP.

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

And the rose in this version is Blushing Bride…

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

If you ever have issues with the Distinktive stamps not giving you a crisp image, try using an old credit card or store card to scrape the ink to one end of your ink pad.  Then apply ink from the end with less ink.  Less is more for the Distinktive stamps.  Another suggestion is to ink the stamp up with a sponge dauber or brayer.

 


As well as Sale-A-Bration choices in March, there’s also a promotion running with extras that coordinate with your Sale-A-Bration favourites.  Love the frogs but hate fussy cutting?  During March (while stocks last), you can buy the coordinating framelits!

Sale-A-Bration Coordination

There’s also framelits for Hello Cupcake, Lasting Lily and Painted Seasons plus a new punch (Story Label) and an exclusive stamp set (More Than Words).  Click here to see all the Sale-A-Bration coordination products in my online store.  These items are purchase only – they do not have to be earned.

Every current Stampin’ Up! item – catalogue & special promotions – can be found in my online store.  Click here to browse.

Shop with me to receive a handmade thank you card, gifts of appreciation and excellent customer service across all of Australia.

If you’re local to Bunbury, ask me about a workshop in your home or coming to one of my classes.  My next class is Monday 25th March.Kelly Kent - March 2019 Class

I’d love to share my love of Stampin’ Up! with you.  It’s a fabulous creative outlet that you can get started on with just a few supplies.


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Just Add Ink #447 | Sketch

Hello!  It’s time for another creative challenge from the Just Add Ink team.  This week it’s a sketch challenge by Narelle.

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For such a simple sketch, I actually found it difficult to get started on this card.  But once I had the concept, it was all go from there!

I ended up turning it on the side widening up those rectangles and using a stamp set that has only just recently arrived – Fable Friends.  These characters are just the sweetest!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The gingham still isn’t my favourite DSP but I’ll admit that it’s pretty cute on some cards!!!  Which is why I like to own all the DSP – I just buy extra packs of my favourites!  It would seem that lots of people LOVE the Gingham suite though – the DSP has been popular around the world.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The little bunny from Fable Friends is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  Rather than using two colours to create depth of colour, I used Light Smoky Slate and dark Balmy Blue with the Color Lifter pen.  I love the colour variation it adds!

One cute bunny card didn’t seem to be enough (I’m low on my stock of baby cards at the moment) so it seemed like a good idea to make a pink version too!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The Blushing Bride version of the card was matched with Tropical Escape DSP and ribbon from the All My Love combo pack in the Occasions catalogue.

More colouring with Blends – the pink is the retired dark Pink Pirouette.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

I seem to be using the Vertical Greetings stamp set quite a lot lately.  I remember when I so desperately wanted a greetings set that ran down rather than across.  I hope this set stays in the range for years to come!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

If this sketch inspires you, please share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog page.  Each week we choose a winner and 2 honorable mentions.  We’d love to add your creation to our list of wonderful projects!

Thanks for visiting today.  If you love making cute baby cards – and with Easter around the corner – I can’t recommend the Fable Friends stamp set enough!  All the product links are in the table at the end of my post.

We’re in the final month of Sale-A-Bration which means there’s only weeks left to earn free products, get bonus host rewards and received added value in your Starter Kit if you join Stampin’ Up!

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Stamp Review Crew | Amazing Life

Hey there! Happy Monday!! It’s a holiday here in Western Australia.  I enjoyed a lazy morning and have plans to spend time with my gorgeous family today.

For anyone who’s wondering about Little Mr Papercraft – he’s 6 months old now!  He’s cute & cheeky and such a sweet little baby!!!  There’s not as much crafting going on as I would like – but that gorgeous little smile makes up for it!

Copyright mypapercraftjourney.com | kelly kent

I’ve kept my project simple for today’s Stamp Review Crew hop with my international demonstrator friends.  The theme is the Amazing Life stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.  You’ll find it on page 28 – bundled with the amazing Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

I’m not sure if it’s the looming St Patrick’s Day celebrations this month, but the lucky 4-leaf clover took my fancy and I decided to use this to make a green festive card.  I intend to send this to an Irish friend as a card for a St Patrick’s blessing, but you could use it at any of of the year for a friend that’s feeling a but down on their luck.

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The clovers are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with Dark Call Me Clover and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.  There’s never much blending going on when I pull out my Stampin’ Blends – I just love them for the smooth colouring.  They are an absolute joy to work with!

You’ll spy some rectangle stitching on the card – not just because they are bundled with this stamp set but rather because I’m putting stitched rectangles on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  I can’t get enough of them!

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The ‘sending’ is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set on a rectangle stitched framelit.  I cut the rectangle down to be a shorter version – I love how versatile the shapes are!

Sadly this Sale-A-Bration ribbon retired, but there’s plenty more Sale-A-Bration choices including 8 more level 1 choices added this month.  You can see all the level 1 choices by clicking here.  *** Level 1 choices are free with a $90+ Stampin’ Up! order in Australia.


Thanks for hopping with me today!  Next stop is the US with Holly Krautkremer and her amazing project!

I hope you have a great week!


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Birthday Feathers

My east coast stamping bestie Miss Lou Kitzelman turned 21 last week… well, maybe not 21, but she did have a birthday!

Here is the card I made for her using some of my favourite products.  The card layout was inspired by a series of Rachel Tessman cards I spied on Pinterest.Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

 

The theme was inspired by the gift which featured a whimsical dreamcatcher.  Which led me to feathers!  I love feathers on craft (not so keen on them in real life!).  The feathers are from the Chase Your Dreams Framelits.

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

I cut the pink flowers from a sheet of the Tropical Escape and then spritzed them with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

The birthday stamp is from the Piece of Cake stamp set.  Lou shared this with us at OnStage in 2018 – so it will always remind me of her every time I use it.

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

I don’t often decorate the inside of my cards, but I wanted to carry this theme through and include a dream catcher from the framelit set.  It wouldn’t fit on the front – so middle it was!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

And from there I just got totally carried away and made a coordinating tag for the gift bag too!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

Matchy-matchy is my favourite!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

Happy birthday to Lou!  Here’s to a wonderful year filled with so much craft time you decide to read a book for a change!!!


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