It’s My Birthday Month!

I love birthdays – I think they should be acknowledged and celebrated and enjoyed!

Each new day, each extra year is a blessing.  I’m sure we all know of someone who didn’t get to celebrate their next birthday.

So, I’m shouting from the rooftop (or at least the top of my blogging platform) that…

MAY IS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!

Of course, it’s not all about me!  I’m still bringing birthdays back in 2017, which means sending as many handmade birthday cards to those around me as I can.

All part of my birthday loving philosophy and a love of making cards!

We’re so good these days at texting & putting messages on social media.  How special is a card that arrives in your hand, or in your mailbox???

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This is the first batch of cards going out this month using more of my new products!

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I am totally in love with the Crafting Forever stamp set – and I know you’re going to love it too!

Join my Paper Adventures team and you can add this stamp set plus lots more pre-order items to your Starter Kit!

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The stripy paper is from the Birthday Memories Suite – super cute!  I love stripes!!!

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And the sentiment is a favourite from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, which appears again in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue – yay!


If you’d like a handmade card when your birthday rolls around, make sure I know when your birthday is & where to send your card!

#imbringingbirthdaysback – and I love it!

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Introducing the Eastern Palace Suite

Hello!  I hope your Easter has started well!

It was a little about Easter today and a little about the new Eastern Palace suite – which I introduced to my birthday card class this morning.

The Easter part was the lovely gifts I got from some of the attendees…

Shhh ….. Those eggs are already eaten.

So spoilt!!!


Two of the cards we made during today’s class featured the pre-released Eastern Palace Suite.

This beautiful suite from the upcoming Annual Catalogue is being released before the catalogue even starts!

It’s available to demonstrators during April and customers during May.  I’ll post all the ordering details in early May.

And a few samples in April to get you excited!

This is the first card we made featuring the Eastern Beauty stamp set, Eastern Medallions Thinlits and Eastern Palace Speciality DSP.

You’ll also spy the stunning new Mini Sequin Trim.  I was lucky enough to get some of this as part of my display board stamping box for OnStage.

It’s amazing!  And will be available when the new catalogue is released on 1st June 2017.


The next card we made featured the beautiful medallion thinlit again – this time transformed into a doily to use in a layered frame card design.

On this card is also some items that are carrying over into the upcoming catalogue – Feather Together stamp set, White Accents, Bold Butterfly Framelit – and one of the 2017-2019 In Colors!

I was on the fence about Lemon Lime Twist initially, but as predicted, I’m absolutely falling in love!  I really love it with this black, white & gray combination where the colour just pops!


The third card we made for this class featured retiring products.  There was a little system glitch during the week where stamp sets were unorderable due to being in discontinued mode.  There was however stock in the warehouse!

So, good news!  The glitch has been fixed and the retirement list is full of your favourites again – but probably not for long!

If there’s anything you want, be sure to shop in my online store!

Host code for April is JQENNDM4.

Can you spot the retiring items?

I count 5….

As always, I’m going to miss items from the 2015-2017 Annual Catalogue – but I’m so excited about what’s to come!!!

I can start sharing physical copies of the catalogues with you when they arrive on my doorstep in mid May.  Until then, you’ll have to enjoy the sneak peek samples I share with you!

Colour INKspiration #07

Thank you once again for all the support you’ve been giving our colour challenges!

It’s the second Wednesday of the month, which means a new colour combination to inspire us!

This fortnight, we’re playing with a sweet palette of Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette & Tip Top Taupe.

I’m so pleased to be celebrating my 2 favourite outgoing In Colors.  With the retirement list released yesterday, make sure you’ve stocked up on all the 2015-2017 In Color supplies you need.  Once they sell out, they’ll be gone {forever!}.

I was going to tuck away my new OnStage stamps and share them with you a bit later, but I couldn’t resist for this card on 2 counts….

  1. This stamp set is adorable!
  2. The colours are perfect for a little piggy!!!

So, let me introduce you to one of the little piggies we’ll be meeting when the new catalogue launches on 1st June 2017.

I love this time of the year – the triple dipping is wonderful for creativity!

I have products from the two current catalogues plus all the sneak peeks from the upcoming catalogue!  It’s going to make for some fabulous creations!

I took the colour theme through to the inside of this card too…

This piggy is going to be a hit!  Such a happy little gal!

Thanks for joining me for a colour filled blog hop.

You can see more design team creations by following this link to the beautiful & talented Nikki Spencer

And be sure to visit the Facebook page to see the challenge entries shared by fellow crafters and upload your own creation using the colours from challenge #7!


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ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Occasions & SAB Sneak Peek

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Hello and thank you so much for joining me for today’s ESAD blog hop.

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Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world are getting excited because there’s a new catalogue full of beautiful products that will release on 4th January 2017.

To share the excitement, today we’re hopping across Australia & the South Pacific and previewing some of the products that you’ll be able to buy in the new year.

You’ll also see some products you can earn for free.  January – March is Sale-A-Bration, which means a choice of fabulous free product with every $90 order.


There’s so much I’m excited about – and I know there’ll be even more on my wishlist after this hop!

Today I’m sharing projects I’ve made with the Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating Up & Away Framelits.


The first card is a spinner card using an ombre hot air balloon as the centrepiece.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions & SAB Sneak Peek: Lift Me Up bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

The coloured layers are easy to make with the dies – there 5 layers that fit perfectly behind the intricate hot air balloon die cut.  Easy peasy!!!


I’ve used the layers again for the second card – this time in a striped pattern.

This project is CASEd from the Occasions catalogue.  If you’d like a copy of the catalogue and don’t have a current demonstrator, please contact me.

For this card, I’ve added in the Carried Away DSP, which you can choose for {FREE} if you purchase this bundle in wood ($90.25).  Or purchase in clear ($78.25) & other catalogue favourite, bringing the total to over $90 and claim you free paper.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions & SAB Sneak Peek: Lift Me Up bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


The final card I made used one of the hot air balloon stamps.

I’m loving the colours for this card – Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum.  So fun & fresh!!!

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions & SAB Sneak Peek: Lift Me Up bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


Are you totally taken with this set???  I am!  It’s so versatile with 6 large sentiments in this set plus 3 small sentiments, so you’re covered for all occasions.

And I like that hot air balloons lend themselves to all types of cards – female, male, kids – just change up the colours & design!

The other bonus for me in this set is the cute clouds – they are so handy to have in your collection!

As you travel along the hop – next stop is the fabulous Lou Kitzelman – I bet you are going to be unable to resist the gorgeousness and your wishlist will grow!!!  You’ll want products you didn’t notice before!

If this sounds like you, you might want to consider joining us as a demonstrator.  All the products you see will be yours at a minimum 20% discount, you’ll get early access & other great perks!

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I can’t wait to share more sneak peeks with you as we get closer to release date in January!!!  There’s so much more to fall in love with!!!

If, for some reason, there are broken links in the hop, just pick a name from the list of participants below and keep going.

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BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:

  1. Libby Dyson
  2. Samantha White
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Kelly Kent
  5. Lou Kitzelman
  6. Rose Desmond
  7. Andrea Buckland
  8. Narelle Fasulo
  9. Cathy Pinchbeck
  10. Rebecca Jacovou
  11. Courtenay Heuston
  12. Leonie Schroder
  13. Carly Middleton
  14. Megan Lenske
  15. Monique Fielder
  16. Josie Dean
  17. Tanya DeRoy
  18. Nerida Carter
  19. Rachael Lewsley
  20. Cheryl O’Bree
  21. Cheryl Algie
  22. Maree McIntosh
  23. Rebekah Crisp