Happy Love Day 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day friends! It’s a big weekend of love here at Papercraft HQ. Yesterday Mr Papercraft and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, Little Miss Papercraft had her birthday and today it’s Valentines Day!

Back in early January, I used the Darling Donkeys stamp set (available for {FREE} during Sale-A-Bration until 28th Feb 21) to make Mr P’s birthday card. Click here to see it if you missed it.

So, it seemed like perfect coordination to keep the theme going and use another donkey from the set to make a card to cover all the occasions of this weekend.

Darling Donkey | kelly kent

Together with the perfectly named Love You Always Specialty DSP in elegant Sahara Sand, a Real Red heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, ‘love’ sentiment from the Well Written Dies and ‘you’ stamp from the Pretty Perennials stamp set, the donkey is just the cutest expression of love!

Darling Donkey | kelly kent

I hope your day is filled with lots of happy – with people you love and activities that fill your cup.

Sending lots of love from Australia,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Lockdown | what cardmaking?

Parts of my state of Australia went into lockdown a week ago in response to a virus outbreak. It would seem like lockdown would be the perfect opportunity to get lots of cardmaking done – but the reality of my week was a little different. With the Mini Papercrafts home for the 9th week of school holidays, day care closed for the week and my working days switched to working from home, there always seemed to be something other than the craft table that demanded my attention. On the plus side, we enjoyed family walks, had time for some baking and I got to experience working from home for my job as a paediatric Speech Pathologist.

Knowing that my team were all in lockdown in their respective locations, we were lucky enough for lots of us to be free for a Zoom team meeting on Thursday night. We chatted lockdown (of course), caught up on how everyone was going, talked Stampin’ Up! and then crafted while chatting some more. The brief was to create something you could send to a teamie.

I had the Pretty Perennials bundle on my craft table from my ice cream girl creation last week (you can see that here) and a Pretty Perennials stamping session earlier in the week before lockdown hit – I’ll share those projects with you tomorrow.

So, I knew I wanted to use the Pretty Perennials bundle again (I think it’s my mini catalogue favourite at the moment – or at least one of several favourites). Being on a meeting length time frame to make something, I opened the catalogue for layout inspiration and chose the DSP & banner combination on page 8 of the mini catalogue.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

For the DSP background, I used the Flower & Field DSP which you can add to your order for {FREE} during February once the total before shipping reaches $90. The blue and yellow of the DSP led me to the colour choices for the banner and other DSP strip.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

For the flowers, I wanted to add some more colour, so I used Blushing Bride for the large flower and then coordinated in the yellow (Bumblebee) and blue (Pool Party) for the other flowers.

Pretty Perennials | kelly kent

The flowers in this set are gorgeous, but it’s the ‘happy’ that keeps drawing me back. Unfortunately there’s no die for it, so it’s fussy cutting therapy for that one, but it looks so cute on the card that I’m happy to take the time to cut it out. The ‘sending’ and ‘mail’ – in a font that I just adore – are white heat embossed on Just Jade cardstock.

There’s everything to love about this stamp set and coordinating dies. I think I’ll keep it on my desk for a little longer before moving on to something else!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Snailed It

Hello Monday! I thought I’d be sharing this post with you as we embarked on the first day back at school for 2021 for the Little Miss Papercrafts. But, as the twists and turns of the pandemic would have it, we are in lockdown for the next 5 days. There will be a first day at school – just not this week! Fingers crossed the swift lockdown works and we’re back to normal programming soon.

I’m hoping that lockdown gives me lots of craft time this week and can’t wait to see the inspiration the Stamp Review Crew bring for today’s stamp set – the Snailed It bundle!

This is one of my favourite sets from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, so I can’t wait to see what the crew do with it.

I made these cards earlier in the month and have been saving them to share, knowing that this blog hop was coming up.

Snailed It | kelly kent

The first card – top left – was a card we made in my team class. It used the Snailed It stamp set, coordinating Snail Dies and the also coordinating Postage Stamp Punch.

Snailed It | kelly kent

The background for this card uses the Postage Stamp Punch together with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder. I punched the postage stamp shape first (x5) on Basic White cardstock and then put them all in the embossing folder to give them the lovely texture. Then I laid them out on the Basic White mat. I love the white on white effect!

Snailed It | kelly kent

The snail is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends before being cut out with the matching die. I loved the little envelope, so included this in the top corner to house the sentiment – which is from the Punch Party stamp set. Punch Party is available for FREE on any order of $500 or more until the end of February 2021. The final touch was a couple of Opal Rounds. These fly under the radar a little in the catalogue – the gorgeous colour and shine is so hard to capture. But trust me when I saw you’ll want these little gems in your collection!


The second card I made in multiples to go with January orders for my customers.

Snailed It | kelly kent

We all joke about mail travelling by ‘snail mail’ these days, but it really is a wonderful feeling to open the letterbox and find happy mail in there.

The ‘happy mail’ stamp from this set has “enclosed” under the mail but I’ve taken to my stamp with a sharp craft knife and cut that part out. I’ve kept it, of course – which means I can add it back in if I need to, but I really love the flexibility of just having a happy mail stamp to use on the front of cards, and not just one designed for envelopes. The snail stamp also had a sentiment attached, but I snipped that off too so I could use the snail on its own. I know some people find it hard to cut up their stamps but I don’t even give it a second thought. If it makes the stamp set more functional for me, then it gets the snip! The stamps go back together so nicely if you are careful with how you cut them, so you’re sure to get so much more use from your stamps.

Snailed It | kelly kent

I’ve used lots of the same elements and styling in this card – the Painted Texture Embossing Folder, Postage Stamp Punch and of course, the Snail Dies for cutting out that cute little snail.


For more ideas on what to do with those snails, there’s projects to come – keep clicking on the next! From here, you’re heading over to the US to visit Linda Callahan

Thanks for joining us today. To see everyone joining in today’s hop, you can visit the Stamp Review Crew blog here.

Sending everyone lots of positive energy that our pandemic experiences are as happy as possible. I’m looking forward to sending some happy mail this week while we are safely waiting out the lockdown.

If you need any supplies for your happy mail creations, you can shop 24-7 in my online store.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Sale-A-Bration | Berry Blessings

Have you heard? January and February 2021 is Sale-A-Bration. This means you earn {FREE} products with every Stampin’ Up! order of $90 or more (before shipping). There’s a whole catalogue dedicated to your free choices. Click here to open the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. Watch the video below for more info about SAB 2021.

As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order Stampin’ Up! in Dec 2020, so I’ve been playing with Sale-A-Bration products for over a month now. One of the SAB options I was most excited about was the Berry Blessings stamp set + Berry Delightful DSP bundle. It’s a level 2 reward – which means you can add it to any order of $180+.

I’m sharing a blueberry project today that we made in our team class this month.

Berry Blessings | kelly kent

My crafting themes and my real life preferences never seem to match! I’m not a fan of eating blueberries but I love the crafty version!!!

I made two versions of the card by changing how I added the blueberries. This is a technique I often use to increase the number of cards in my stash with minimal effort. It’s also a good one for a class because it gives attendees easy options for making the card their own.

Berry Blessings | kelly kent

The blueberries from this stamp set stamp so beautifully. It’s two step stamping – the outline and a watercolour effect for the middle. I’ve used the same colour ink for both steps – Pacific Point for the blueberries and Granny Apple Green for the leaves.

Berry Blessings | kelly kent

The sentiment is also from the Berry Blessings stamp set – how pretty is the script font! The Berry Delightful DSP I’ve used for the banner is part of the Sale-A-Bration berry bundle and you’ll love how it coordinates with the Berry Blessings SAB stamp set and the Sweet Strawberry stamp & punch set from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. You won’t want to miss out on the Berry Blessings stamp set & Berry Delightful DSP – it’s only available to earn for {FREE} until the end of February (or while stocks last).

See all the Sale-A-Bration choices in the online store – click here to visit.

Let me know if you have any questions! You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram or by email.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | SAB 2021

Hello! The Stamp Review Crew are dropping by today for a bonus hop to share projects using 2021 Sale-A-Bration items. Click here to view the Australian Sale-A-Bration catalogue. The items are free with orders of $90 or $180, depending on the product.
Note: Different markets have different sale figure requirements

I have chosen to get inky with the Touch of Ink stamp set (and added in a touch of Oh So Ombre DSP too!).

Touch of Ink | kelly kent

It’s all about the soft subtle tones for this card, inspired by the ombre pinks of the Oh So Ombre DSP. This is an offcut I had after making cards for the Stamp Review Crew So Sentimental hop last week. Click here to see those cards! Are you a crafter that never throws out anything? I hoard all kinds of DSP scraps!

Touch of Ink | kelly kent

The stamp set is a 2 step style with outlines and watercolour style colouring stamps, but I wanted the effect of colouring with in a Blender Pen. I really like the variation in colour depending on where you start colouring first on the image. The leaves are Soft Sea Foam, the flowers are So Saffron and the bird is a mix of Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride. The outlines are all stamped in Basic Gray to soften up the tones for the subtles.

Touch of Ink | kelly kent

The finishing touches for this card – hello friend sentiment in Memento black, a border from the Ornate Borders Dies and pearl accents from the Pastel Pearls Embellishments.

Next up is the gorgeous Nikki Spencer, another Australian 🙂 To see a list of the whole line up, you can visit the Stamp Review Crew blog by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy the hop. Check in next Monday when we share projects using a new catalogue stamp set that I know you’ll love!

Have a wonderful week!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | So Sentimental

Hello! Thank you for joining us for the first Stamp Review Crew of 2021! My international friends and I will continue to bring you inspiration at least twice a month using a selected Stampin’ Up! stamp set. We hop the first and third Monday of the month with a bonus hop on the fifth Monday if there’s 5 Mondays.

Today’s hop features projects using the So Sentimental stamp set from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. This stamp set is bundles with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies which are the perfect size labels to coordinate with the sentiments.

You know I love a good sentiment set, especially one with gorgeous fonts! This stamp set lends itself to so many occasions. I’ve paired it with a range of other products in my stash and have 4 cards to show you today.

CARD #1 – This Calls for Confetti Shaker Card

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Sweet Ice Cream stamp set, Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder & Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles

CARD #2 – Hello Baby

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Made with Love stamp set (retired), Painted Texture 3D EF, Layering Circles & Vellum

CARD #3 – Sending Healing Hugs

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Healing Hugs stamp set, Oh So Ombre DSP (2021 Sale-A-Bration), Elegant Faceted Gems, Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon & pink twine from Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack

CARD #4 – I Can’t Thank You Enough

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Oh So Ombre DSP (2021 Sale-A-Bration), Ice Cream Corner DSP, Vellum, white twine from Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack

Note: some of the products used are from my Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue pre-order and may not be available in the online store until tomorrow.

To see what the rest of the crew have done with this stamp set, continue hopping on to my lovely friend Linda Callahan. You can see the full hop line up by visiting the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a great Monday!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com