Thoughtful Branches Posy

I’ve seen so many amazing creations on Pinterest using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set & Beautiful Branches Thinlits!!!

Check out my Pinterest Board here.

There’s less than 2 weeks left to order this gorgeous set.  It’s exclusive & limited edition, so after 31st August 2016 it will no longer be available.


I haven’t had nearly as much chance to play with this bundle as I would like!!!  So, when I needed to make a swap for our team meeting this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

My previous cards used the whole tree, the leaf and the bird stamps, so this time around it was a posy created with snippets of the leaves.  The versatility of this set is incredible!!!

Thoughtful Branches Posy. Team Swap Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The flowers at the top/back are stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

The multi-coloured effect of the flowers at the bottom/front flowers are created using the ‘thumping’ technique.

I inked up the stamp in Blushing Bride, then ‘thumped’ it with the thick end of my Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Markers.  This adds colour & depth to the stamped image.  Then, stamp as normal.

I then cut out the segments of the leaves to create flowers and layered them on top of three Crumb Cake leaf segments from the Everyday Jars Framelits.

I’ve added some 2 circles (1-1/2″ & 1-3/4″) in vellum & Sweet Sugarplum as centrepiece.

Thoughtful Branches Posy. Team Swap Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Like the twine?  Although similar it’s actually not my usual go-to Linen Thread.  This is actually the new 5/8″ burlap ribbon pulled apart to individual strands.  It’s a bit more rustic than the linen thread which makes it perfect for this project!

The card is finished on a Whisper White Thick background (C6 size) with a strip of Blooms & Bliss DSP and silver glimmer paper.

I still can’t get enough of Sweet Sugarplum (as you can see!) and I’ve never used so much Rich Razzleberry.  Funny how new colours can completely change your perspective on the old!

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PS, Don’t forget that anyone who purchases the Thoughtful Branches bundle from me during August will receive 2 free card kits with complete instructions.  Australian customers only!

Shopping online?  The host code for August is: XABCFUZF

Thoughtful Banners stamp set - available August 2016. Purchase the bundle via my online store (Australia only) to receive 2 free card kits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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Putting Together The Birthday Pieces

The Stylized Birthday stamp was an instant love for me when I saw the new catalogue.  Sometimes you just need a BIG birthday stamp right in the middle of the white space!

It says it all really and that font is oh so pretty!  We know I’m a font nerd!

Putting Together The Birthday Pieces - Stylized Birthday stamp & Floral Boutique DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

As I was making this card, I realised that often the same card design has so many options for how it can be put together.  This is never more apparent than in a card class where I pre-cut the pieces and participants shape their own creation & add their own touch by changing placement, layout & style….

Turn a piece of cardstock to the diagonal and the card has a whole different look.

Flip the DSP over & the style is different.

Move the pieces around and the layout changes.


Putting Together The Birthday Pieces - Stylized Birthday stamp & Floral Boutique DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Individualisation and creative opportunities are some of the things I love most about handmade designs.  No 2 are ever the same (even if you intended for them to be)!  And why would you want them to be?  That’s what printed & machine generated cards are for.

Putting Together The Birthday Pieces - Stylized Birthday stamp & Floral Boutique DSP.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

We have the personal touch.  Embrace the differences in your cards and play with the pieces.  The change might delight you!  Kelly x

PS, this card was for my upline’s birthday.  Which design do you think I sent???


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Simply Stunning – Serene Scenery DSP!

Have you placed a new catalogue order yet?  Was the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack in it???

It’s stunning!!!

You really have to see this DSP in person to appreciate how stunning the designs are, but this video does a pretty good job of sharing it’s beauty:

Although I love the reverse side, the photographic images are the highlight of this pack.  I’m saving a couple of them for some ideas I have.

This is a card I made to welcome my newest recruit using three of the photographic designs.

I normally put ‘hello’ on the front of my welcome cards (logically) but thought sunshine worked well with these images.  Sunshine is happiness to me… and happiness is Stampin’ Up!

Sunshine card using Serene Scenery DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Welcome to Joanne, who has decided that this month’s offer was too much for her to resist!  Who doesn’t want 2 stamp sets for {FREE}!?!

Is your wishlist $169 (plus some…)?  Would you like to try out being a demonstrator and getting a 20% discount on all the products you buy or sell?  Do you believe me when I say joining Stampin’ Up! is a great, risk-free opportnity?

If you answered yes to these questions, then it sounds like now is the right time for you to join Stampin’ Up!  Join in June and for $169 your starter kit contains your choice of $235 of products, two free stamp sets (of any value), a bundle of catalogues, order forms & other useful resources and free shipping!  That’s over $400 of value – and a great deal.

I can answer any more questions you have – just email me.

If you want to read more about it, or you’re ready to sign up – click here!

Team Papercraft is growing and we’d love to include you!

Kelly x


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Clean & Simple Nature – GDP#031

Shhhhhhhh!  Don’t tell Nanna Papercraft but I stole her Picture Perfect stamp set before she had a chance to use it!

But, in my defence, it’s a Nature challenge over at Global Design Project & this stamp set is so realistic, you’ll want to touch the images to check!


There’s 3 designs in the set plus some lovely sentiments.  The designs consist of either 2 or 3 stamps which create the texture & layers that give the images their realistic finish.

I’ve kept the overall designs clean & simple (sometimes called CAS) to celebrate the beauty of each stamp.


Starfish…

(So Saffron & Crumb Cake with a Hello Honey sentiment)

Clean & Simple: Nature GDP#031. Picture Perfect Starfish. Kelly Kent -mypapercraftjourney.com.


Roses…

(Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo & Rose Red with a Mossy Meadow sentiment)

Clean & Simple: Nature GDP#031. Picture Perfect Roses. Kelly Kent -mypapercraftjourney.com.


Hummingbird…

(Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon & Soft Suede with a Lost Lagoon sentiment)

Clean & Simple: Nature GDP#031. Picture Perfect Hummingbird. Kelly Kent -mypapercraftjourney.com.


Do you have a favourite?  I think I love the roses because they are just so stunning.  Though the hummingbird is pretty special too!

I stamped all the images on Shimmery White paper to give them a little bit of extra pop.  And then fussy cut them out & popped them up on dimensionals.

So, now that I’ve fallen in love with the Picture Perfect stamp set (which I swore I didn’t need), I have 3 options….

A. Keep the stamp set and hope Nanna Papercraft forgets she ordered it

B. Permanently borrow Nanna’s stamp set

C. Buy my own gorgeous Picture Perfect stamp set

Decisions, decisions….  Kelly x

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Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2016 – ESAD Blog Hop

Welcome to another ESAD blog hop.  This time we’re sharing our favourite products from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration range.

It’s your last chance to see & earn them – you’ve only got one more week before these items are gone forever!!!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.


There’s 13 talented ladies on the hop today – all with some seriously dangerous inspiration!!!

Did you come via’s Amity’s great projects?  I always love seeing what she’s made!

Today I’m sharing projects I made using the Metallics Glitter Tape.  Although I loved lots of the Sale-A-Bration projects (and shared lots of my creations with you over the past 3 months!), I haven’t really shown off the glitter tape yet.  Which is a shame – because it’s truly stunning.

ESAD Blog Hop - 3 great Metallics Glitter Tape projects. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

But don’t worry, I’m going to change that now and show you three different projects I made featuring the tape.

I’ve also thrown a couple of other SAB products in the mix too!!!


The first share uses the silver glitter tape as a card embellishment together with silver ribbon.  Simple but lovely – I love purple & silver together!

And how amazing the dandelion DSP???  This is also a Sale-A-Bration product – from the Wildflower Fields DSP.  So cute!

ESAD Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2016 Blog Hop - Metallics Glitter Tape & Wildflower Fields DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

 


With Easter just around the corner, I couldn’t resist using the white tape to add some sparkle to this cute little gift card holder.

Did you know that the tape can be coloured to create a different look altogether!!!  I brayered the tape with Blushing Bride ink to add a touch of colour to the egg.

ESAD Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2016 Blog Hop - Metallics Glitter Tape Easter Egg Gift Card Holder. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And my final share is using the gold glitter tape – as tape!  I’ve used it to attach a Memories in the Making Project Life card (also a Sale-A-Bration choice!) to my card front.  The stick on this glitter tape has to be seen to be believed – the quality is amazing!

The sentiment in from the Limited Edition Sale-A-Bration stamp set – Party Pants.  I tried out embossing in gold on the acetate PL card – that was tricky business!  The static on those sheets is crazy and I had all sort of flyaways going on!!!!

ESAD Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2016 Blog Hop - Metallics Glitter Tape, Memories in the Making Project Life Cards & Party Pants stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


So, as you can see – so many Sale-A-Bration choices… so many projects to try!

If you see a Sale-A-Bration product you like here, or in any of the Blog Hop projects, you’ll want to place an order before next Thursday (31st March 2016).  Once it hits Thursday at 9pm (WA time), Sale-A-Bration finishes and all of these products retire.

The catch?  You can’t actually buy any of the Sale-A-Bration products.  But, you can redeem your choice (with no maximum limits) for every $90 you spend {before shipping}.

Shop online or email me your list!  I plan to put in one last Sale-A-Bration order next week- if you’re local to Bunbury and would like to share on postage, let me know!


It’s my pleasure to send you on your way now to the incredibly talented Lou Kitzelman and her Sale-A-Bration temptations!

Leave us a comment if you have time – we love to hear what you think!  Kelly x

If you get lost along the way, this is the full list of participants…

1. Emily Campbell

2. Rachael Lewsley

3. Monique Fielder

4. Kathryn Ruddick 

5. Nicole Wilson

6. Amity Knight

7. Kelly Kent – you are here!

8. Lou Kitzelman

9. Pauline Bennetts

10. Narelle Fasulo

11. Jackie Noble

12. Carly Middleton

13. Barbara Williams

CASEing the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue – Sneak Peak

Have you got your hands on a Sale-A-Bration catalogue yet?  It’s filled with 11 fabulous products that are yours to choose with every $90 of products purchased from 5th January until the end of March 2016.  As a demonstrator, I’ve been able to order these early and have taken the chance this week to get some of the new offerings inky.

One of my favourites is the bold Botanicals For You stamp set which I used to make end of year thank you cards for some of my favourite stamping people.  Although Pinterest is always a good go-to place for inspiration, some of the best ideas come from the samples pictured in the catalogue.  The design team at SU! head office in Utah are very talented and always come up with great ideas.  Plus, they really don’t mind you copying (CASEing – Copy And Share Everything) what they’ve made.  In fact, they encourage it.

I wanted my card to match the soon to be available “It’s My Party” Designer Series Paper Stack, so I swapped the colours in the sample card for colours that coordinate with the DSP – Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo & Mint Macaron flowers and Sahara Sand leaves.  I’m not usually good at one layer cards, but I think this one looks great.  Thanks for the help SU!

Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peak: CASEing the Catalogue - Botanicals for You Stamp set using the colours from the "It's My Party" suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If you still haven’t seen the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, jump over to my new catalogue post and sign up to have one posted to you.  You’ll thank me, but your bank balance may not!!!  Kelly x

Happy Birthday .. with added wood & wit!

It’s happy birthday to Grandad Papercraft today!

We’ve had a very long running joke in our family about Dad being a fossil.  I’m sure it started in his 30s … so, long before he was any where near grumpy old man status… though I’m sure each birthday earns him a few more points!

I thought this year was a great time to use the “to a classic” sentiment from the Guy Greetings stamp set!  He grumbles, but I’m sure he secretly loves all the old man references.

The theme for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge was to add “W”.  Perfect timing for my (old) man themed card – I love the Hardwood Background stamp for masculine cards (well for all cards really, but it’s especially great for cards for men).  So this week, I am adding some “WOOD”, as well as some wit!

To A Classic masculine card - Hardwood Background Stamp & Guy Greetings stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but I love the custom male stamps in the Guy Greetings set, so you can personalise your card to suit the fossil in your life.

Happy Birthday Dad – here’s to many more classic birthdays!  Kelly x

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The Festive Flower Punch… JAI285

I’ve had a festive flower on my to-do list since I first got this punch in August.  And can you believe, over 2 months later, this is first time I’ve used the punch to make an actual flower.  I’ve been using it – to make fish, for the cute little crosses, for the petal shape… But I haven’t actually constructed a whole flower.

Until today!  The Just Add Ink colour combination screamed “FLOWER” to me, so I took the opportunity and ran with it.

Now, I confess, I didn’t actually watch the Stampin’ Up! video that gives you great advice about how to make the flower up.  I just winged it…  But, I ended up with a pretty flower, so all good! The video is definitely worth watching though!

Here is my very first festive flower!

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Now, I wasn’t sure about this colour combination at first.  All those sweet subtles with Night of Navy, but as usual, the challenge was a great opportunity to try something different – and the colours work!  Who knew!!! {Apart from the clever girls at JAI of course!}

And my love affair with the Watercolor Wishes stamp set continues.  The selection of sentiments are just beautiful.

Now, I’ll have to watch the video, get punching and make a Christmas poinsettia flower just like the designers intended. There’s more than one way to make a festive flower!!!  Kelly x

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Watercolour by Request – Three Ways

My class on the weekend had a watercolour theme by request.  I love designing classes that suit the stampers in attendance – it gives the project design a little something extra.

Watercolouring is lots of fun and has many different styles. Within the Stampin’ Up! range, you can use Watercolor Paper, Shimmery White cardstock & Whisper White cardstock as your base.  Then your tools of choice are blender pens or aqua painters.  And finally a choice of ink – Staz On, Archival Black/Grey, Craft White (for bokeh). Each combination gives its own result.  Changing one feature can change the project entirely.

Here’s what we made…

AQUA PAINTER COLOURING on WHISPER WHITE

Stamp Set: Best Thoughts (Hostess set from 2015 Annual Catalogue)

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BOKEH TECHNIQUE – AQUA PAINTERS with REINKERS on WATERCOLOR PAPER

Stamp Set: I Think You’re Great (2015 Annual Catalogue)

Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist
Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist
Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron
Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron

BLENDER PENS on SHIMMERY WHITE CARDSTOCK

Stamp Set: Christmas Cuties (featured in the 2015 Holiday Catalogue)

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As a technique, colouring can take a little bit of time to develop your skills.  Some people are drawn towards one method of watercolouring more than others – which is what art & expression is all about.  I always forget to take pictures of what the ladies made during the class, but their end products were so creative and it was a pleasure to watch their cards evolve as they added colour & played with their own style.

Thanks for the inspiration ladies, it’s always so delightful to spend time crafting with you.  Kelly x

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Australian Standard Card Sizes plus a cute Kids Activity Idea!

When I first started cardmaking it would take me ages to work out my measurements!  And then I’d go to put everything together only to find out that they didn’t line up!

After a while, I realised that one set of standard card measurements would get me by.  I’ve always worked in inches for crafting (for no logical reason… because Australia works on a metric system!).  So, if you craft in centimetres, then this post blog may not be for you.  But, if you’re an inches kinda gal, then read on.

The standard size for an Australian A4 piece of cardstock is

11-3/4″ (approx) by 8-1/4″

– or in my way of thinking … 11.12″ x 8.4″.

Why do I think in “parts”?  Well, although not a factor 10 system like the metric system, imperial measurements still have consistency to them.  Each inch is made of 16 parts.  A quarter is 4 parts, half is 8 parts and three-quarters is 12 parts (and all the maths along the way).  Rulers that measure in inches have 16 little marks between each inch and usually every 4th mark is a more defined or longer than the others.  To keep it simple – because saying 3-16ths or trying to work out that 7-8ths is acutally 14 parts is a nightmare – I use these “parts” to form my measurements.

So, based on this way of thinking, every card I make (more or less) uses these same standard measurements:

  • The cardstock is half an A4 page = 5.14″ x 8.4″
  • This is scored at 4.2″ and folded to create a card front that is 5.14″ x 4.2″
  • The first mat (because I love layers) is 1/4″ (.4) smaller, so cut at 5.10″ x 3.14″
  • The second mat is 1/4 smaller again (1/2″ smaller than the card front), so cut at 5.6″ x 3.10″

Here’s a quick reference guide for your craft room

(click on the picture to make it larger):

Standard Aus Card Sizes-001


The second part of today’s post is the application of those measurements for a cute kids activity idea.

There has been an “all about Mummy” questionniare floating around FB for the page couple of weeks which I wanted to try it on my 4yo to see what she had to say.  I then asked her the same set of questions about her Dad.  Kids say the cutest things!

To make it into a keepsake, I asked her to draw a picture of her with each of us (using Mat 2 size cardstock) and then mounted this on Mat 1 and then the card front.  We’re going to give Daddy his when he gets home from work (if he doesn’t read about it on the blog first!).  I’m going to love reading this back when she’s bigger {and not quite so sweet!}.  And because they ended up so cute, I wanted to share them with you.  Kelly x

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*** Want to do the questionnaire with your kids?  Here it is:

Childs Name:
Age:

1. What is something Mummy always says to you? –

2. What makes Mummy happy? –

3. What makes Mummy sad? –

4. How does Mummy make you laugh? –

5. What was Mummy like as a child? –

6. How old is Mummy? –

7. How tall is Mummy? –

8. What is Mummy’s favourite thing to do? –

9. What does Mummy do when you’re not here? –

10. If Mummy becomes famous what will it be for? –

11. What is Mummy really good at? –

12. What is Mummy not very good at? –

13. What is Mummy’s job? –

14. What makes you proud of Mummy? –

15. What is Mummy’s favourite food? –

16. What do you & Mummy do together? –

17. How are you & Mummy the same? –

18. If your Mummy was a cartoon character who would she be? –

19. How are you & Mummy different? –

20. How do you know Mummy loves you? –

21. What does Mummy like best about Daddy? –

22. Where is Mummy’s favourite place to go? –

23. How old was Mummy when she had you? –