Social Stamping | subtles

Hello! Thanks for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. This is the final hop in this series and I’m delighted that my stamping friends & I are sharing projects made using colours from the Subtles Collection.

These colours form some of my favourites in the SU! range and are always a pleasure to create with. They are soft but not meek with the prettiest of tones and the ability to step in for the projects that we need a little elegance for.

My projects today all use a fancy fold that I’ve lifted from a card I got sent for my birthday by my gorgeous friend Elizabeth Gross. I haven’t seen this fold before – I have no idea what’s it’s called but it’s had me at the clever use of DSP.

The card features a tri-fold using the DSP, which opens out and displays both sides of the DSP. Remember when I said in my Stamp Review Crew profile that one of my biggest challenges was choosing the side of the DSP I wanted to use on a card – well this fold solves that problem for you!!!

Every card sits closed using the seashell tab on the left to keep it all together, but when the right side is opened, you can start to see the DSP patterns revealed.

The fully opened card shows the writing panel…

I’ve made a video to show the fancy fold in all its glory – its so simple but so magnificent!

I’ve used three different patterns from the Sand & Sea DSP. And there’s really no better example of when it seems a shame to only use one side than this pack. It retires at the end of the June (when the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue finishes) so you’ll want to stock up ASAP in June. As a wonderful parting gift, this DSP will be available from 2nd June at a 50% discount. Order via my online store next Wednesday to secure yours plus so many amazing specials as the Last Chance Retirement List takes over. Click here to see what else you can get a discounted price. Click here to shop online.

The stamp & die bundle for these cards is the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set and Seaside Shells Dies. They are part of the Sand & Sea Suite and coordinate beautifully with the DSP.

The ribbon is from my collection and I have no idea which combo pack it was from – it could be retired!! I’m terrible at keeping all the ribbons & embellishments I ever buy and never being able to keep track of what’s in a catalogue and what’s out! As long as it still looks good, it’s ok to use – yes!?!

Did you spy the three Subtles I used in the cards? My favourite is always Blushing Bride, but there’s nothing like a pretty DSP to urge me on to add in different colours. The other two I’ve used are So Saffron and Balmy Blue. The coordinating neutral is a long time favourite – Sahara Sand.

Next up on the hop is Julia Quinn. Julia has been a part of every single hop since they started last year. That’s an amazing commitment – thanks Julia!

You can see the full participant list and a few of my thoughts about our current COVID situation here in Australia over on the main Social Stamping Blog Host post.

I hope the rest of your weekend is amazing!

Social Stamping Blog Host | subtles

I started the Social Stamping Blog Hosts more than a year ago as we were starting to feel the effects of a new world influenced by COVID. None of us were to know what path the virus would take us on and for the most part we are still none the wiser about where to next.

For many of us, and for Australia as a whole, the strategy undertaken by the government to control the virus by controlling the people is keeping us safe. Virus numbers are low and we (for the most part) have the freedom to continue to live a COVID controlled life. I can’t help reflect though what a strange place COVID limbo-land is.

In many parts of the country it’s business as usual. But that’s not without a toll that we simply can’t measure by the number of cases of a virus that is ravaging the world. Our international borders have been closed since March 2020 – no travel out and no travel in without permission from the government. The borders between states have been in & out of closure and the risk of within state restrictions is forever on the agenda. Currently, the state of Victoria are in a week long lockdown because of new COVID cases. There is just as much a risk that this could happen to any state, at any time.

This continues to have a significant impact on Australia’s citizens – particularly those who are already under stress, those with mental health issues and those with employment in areas most affected by lockdowns & restrictions – hospitality, tourism, arts and the aviation industries. My heart breaks for the ongoing pressure on people who are constantly having to rethink, replan and revive themselves and their businesses time after time.

These blog hops have been a wonderful way to connect with stamping friends and provide a regular opportunity to share projects with you – wherever you are around the world.

Today’s hop will be the last one (for now). We finish up with one last colour theme – Subtles. The pastel tones of this colour range bring with them a sweetness and calmness that we sometimes need to wash over us and remind us that everything is going to be ok.

The full participant list for this hop is below. I want to extend my most sincere thanks to every blogger who joined in with a hop over the past 15 months. And another huge thanks to everyone who visited the blogs, enjoyed the projects and gave us purpose to share with you each time.

Stay safe, be kind and putting all the good vibes out there that some time soon we’ll move into a post COVID phase!

Participant List
1. Kelly Kent
2. Julia Quinn
3. Lou Kitzelman
4. Lisa Whitehead
5. Denise Buetler
6. Sandra Collett

Social Stamping Blog Host | neutrals

It’s the last Saturday of the month which means another Social Stamping Blog Host. They come around quickly as this year speeds by – but the good news is that I get to hop with my friends and we get to share more inspiration with you.

I, like many, was hoping that as the months of this year ticked by we’d be seeing a global grip on the pandemic and a shift towards whatever a COVID controlled life is going to look like. Unfortunately with numbers still on the dramatic rise in so many countries and the vaccine rollout taking time, we continue to sit within the effects of one crazy little virus. Who would have thought a mere 18 months ago that this would have been the world’s pathways.

Luckily, there is comfort and security in the online space and even if we can’t be together in person, can’t fly to places that used to be so easy to get to and can’t make plans without a level of uncertainty, we can still share, communicate and experience with each other through social media, blogs and other internet connections.

Today we are sharing projects made using the Neutrals range of colours from Stampin’ Up! These 10 colours are designed to be the colour range that bring together your overall use of colour. Together with Basic White, Basic Black and Very Vanilla they are the glue of colour choices and although it’s possible to make a project without using a Neutral or Basic colour, they definitely make the Stampin’ Up! colour wheel go round!

I know you’re going to love the ways my stamping friends have used the Neutrals in their creations. The full list of participants is below. Once you’re started with the blog hop, each blog post will connect to the next one using the ‘next’ button.

Thanks for joining us, have a fabulous weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com
Participant List
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Narelle Simm
  3. Lisa Whitehead
  4. Julia Quinn
  5. Sandra Collett
  6. Andrea Sargent

Social Stamping | neutrals

Hello! Thank you for joining us for April’s Social Stamping Blog Host. I’m hopping with a small but amazing list of ladies today. We’re all sharing projects made using the Neutrals colour collection. These 10 colours could be considered the core colours – the ones that go with all the others. Which is the inspiration for my cards today.

I’ve made 4 cards to share – each showing off a perfect pairing of a neutral and beautiful match.

You’ll recognise some colours in here that I often use together. Let’s start with Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight…

If you’ve read my blog before you may know that I really love white, yellow & gray together. The bundle for this card is the Pretty Perennials stamp set and Perennial Petals Dies. I cannot get enough of these!

The next pairing is Night of Navy with Melon Mambo. Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow and Merry Merlot were included in the neutrals collection when the colour refresh happened several years ago. Stampin’ Up! felt these deep & rich colours were most often used in the same way you’d use black, brown & gray.

The bundle I’ve used for this card is the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and Strawberry Builder Punch.

Next up is Sahara Sand and Rich Razzleberry. I use Sahara Sand all the time but I feel it can sometimes get overlooked as an option for a fabulous base colour. It’s cool yet warm, subtle yet rich and can complement so many of the colours in the other colour families.

The bundle for this card is the Wrapped Bouquet stamp set and Wrapped Flowers Dies.

The final combination I’m sharing today is another solid favourite and one I use often – Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron.

Featuring the super cute Kangaroo & Company stamp set and Kangaroo Dies.

All the bundles from today’s cards are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. This catalogue runs through until 30th June so there’s still plenty of time to add favourites to your collection. Not everything carries over to the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue, but don’t worry, there’s plenty more new sets coming that you’ll fall in love with.

To see what everyone else on this great little hop made, keep clicking on the next button to tour the whole blog hop. From here it’s onward to my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm. Narelle and I will actually be camping together as this goes live! I wonder if she packed stamping supplies!?!

You can see the full list of participants by visiting the main blog hop post – click here.

Thanks for joining us and being part of the April Social Stamping Blog Host.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, Social Stamping in person resumes on 3rd May – we can’t wait to stamp with you again! All welcome, even if you’ve never stamped before or don’t stamp at home.

Social Stamping Blog Host | In Colors

Hello! Thanks for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. These hops started almost exactly one year ago – tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Social Stamping Blog Hosts! That means it’s now over a year since our vocabulary changed and we started using phrases like social distancing, our shopping habits changed and toilet paper became the hottest commodity (I’m still none the wiser why people are stocking up on TP for a respiratory disease!) and lockdown became the new way to stay in.

Through a combination of factors including geographical isolation, border controls, and reasonable compliance with government issued instructions, Australia continues to be in an incredibly fortunate position amongst the ongoing chaos of COVID-19. Particularly here on the west coast where we are able to work, play and go about our day-to-day business with very few limitations. I am acutely aware that the rest of the world is not experiencing the same level of freedom and avoidance of all things virus. My thoughts are with you and I hope we start to see some control over the global spread.

The themes for the first part of 2021 are all about colour and I am joined by my wonderful stamping friends to share projects with you featuring the In Colors. There’s always two sets of In Colors in the Annual Catalogue, each staying with us for 2 years before making their exit. We are just about to say goodbye (in early May) to the 2019-2021 In Colors –

The 2020-2022 In Colors will stay for another full catalogue cycle –

I can’t wait for you to see all the fabulous creations from the stampers who are joining in today. The full list is at the end of this post, or you can click the next button on each post to take you around. Thanks to my friends for once again sharing their talents with us – keeping us all connected, no matter the distance or circumstances.

And no matter where you are reading this from in the world, I hope you’re doing ok!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Julia Quinn
  3. Lisa Whitehead
  4. Andrea Sargent
  5. Sharni Haines
  6. Elizabeth Gross
  7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  8. Michelle Strazds
  9. Sandra Collett
  10. Mandy Depiazzi
  11. Narelle Simm

Social Stamping | In Colors

Hey there! Happy Saturday!!

It’s the last Saturday of the month which means I have the pleasure of hopping with my demonstrator friends for Social Stamping. The theme this week is “In Colors”. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the new In Color range that will be released in early May. Let me share that they are absolutely gorgeous. If you can’t wait until May for all the new catalogue spoilers, it might be time for you to join Stampin’ Up!

To make room for the new In Colors, it means its time to say goodbye to the 2019-2021 In Colors.

These are some of my all-time favourite colours. I’d been asking for a pretty dusky pink for forever! It’s been a pleasure to craft with these colours for the past 2 years. I am going to miss them!!!

The cards for this blog post were so much fun to make. Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray make a beautiful combination together.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The stamp set is another victim of the retirement list – Monogram Messages. All items on the Last Chance Retirement List are available until they sell out or 3rd May 2021 – whichever comes first!

The first card in this duo features all the large letter stamps available in this set in the retiring In Colors – Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the matching words (there’s several options for each letter – I’ve gone for the birthday themed ones) in the same In Colors and matched them with flowers stamped in the other range of current In Colors – Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight.

The butterflies in the set coordinate with the Butterfly Duet punch – also retiring! They are stamped in pretty colours from the Subtles range – Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride. Did you know that for the most part, the In Colors alternate between Brights and Subtles in overall tone. The outgoing In Colors are more subtle, so expect them to be replaced in the upcoming catalogue with more pastel tones.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The Pretty Peacock mat layer on this card has been embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. This is possibly the saddest retirement list item for me. I just love this EF and use it all the time. I still will! You just won’t be able to buy it if you don’t get it now. And as a bonus, it’s also on special until supplies sell out.


The second card is my favourite – I just love the layout and the way all the elements come together.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The top mat of this card is Watercolour Paper so that I could get a pretty watercolour wash in Seaside Spray behind the cluster of stamps.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

This stamp set doesn’t have coordinating dies, so there’s a little patience required to fussy cut the letters and accessory stamps, though you can punch out the butterflies.

There’s two other colours in the retiring In Colors that I haven’t featured – Terracotta Tile and Purple Posy. :Leave me a comment if they are your favourites and you’re going to miss them. I can’t say they’ve been regulars on my craft table!!!

For more projects using In Colors – both retiring and current – please keep clicking on the next button to take a tour of the blogs. For a full list of everyone joining in, please visit the main Social Stamping Blog Host post.

Next blog from here is the lovely Julia Quinn. Julia has joined in every hop since we started and shared amazing projects. You’ll love this one too!

Thank you for hopping with us today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | brights

Hello! Welcome to the first Social Stamping Blog Host of 2021. I started these blog hops in 2020 when COVID was first starting to impact our lives. In Australia, we all went into lockdown of some form and have had varying experiences with the impact of the virus since then. I’m very aware that compared to some our international friends, our freedoms and lifestyle have been very protected.

Anyone who thought 2021 would be like the usual new year transition – the turning of the page to a new fresh year – may be somewhat disappointed. We continue to experience the effects of the virus in almost everything we do. Though the vaccines have started to roll out here, I feel there will be quite some time until we see freedom of travel (especially international) and the ability to make plans again without wondering if they’ll be affected by a change in rules or snap lockdown. My heart goes out to those who are missing loved ones, have caught this awful virus or had to rearrange plans for special days such as weddings.

This year for the Social Stamping Blog Hosts we’re sharing projects made with the collection collections – starting with the happiest colours in the Stampin’ Up! range – Brights! I’m joining, as always, by my gorgeous Stampin’ Up! friends and I know you’ll love what they make. There’s a full list below in case of any broken links, but the next button on each blog should take you around.

Thanks for hopping with us. I hope you have a wonderful weekend x

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List
1. Kelly Kent
2. Lisa Whitehead
3. Narelle Simm
4. Julia Quinn
5. Lou Kitzelman
6. Michelle Strazds
7. Andrea Sargent
8. Elizabeth Gross
9. Sandra Collett
10. Mandy Depiazzi

Social Stamping | oh 2020!

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s my final post of 2020 and I’m so pleased to be joined by some amazing friends for the last Social Stamping Blog Host post of 2020.

I started these posts in March 2020 as the pandemic was starting to take hold and the world was taking a turn into unchartered territory for many of our generation. A pandemic in the 2000s with frequent travel and instant information certainly made for an interesting speed – both in terms of spread and news. Social Stamping in the blogging sphere was a great way for us to stay connected and purposeful while everything else seemed to be unpredictable and a bit gloomy.

The theme for today’s hop is “Oh 2020!”. It was open to my stamping friends who were joining in to interpret that as it fit for their recollection of 2020. My recollection is not of doom & gloom. Whilst there were moments of despair (Mr Papercraft being told not to return to work for an indefinite period of time was definitely one of those!), my memories of 2020 are largely positive. I enjoyed time at home with my kids (our daily walk was a highlight), a chance to reflect on what was important and the opportunity to slow down for a while.

We have been incredibly sheltered from the harsh reality here in Western Australia (though I do recognise that this depends on circumstances and those in the arts and hospitality and people separated from loved ones may have a very different view). Very strict border closures have meant very little spread of the virus and although we had a brief lockdown and home schooling experience, it has been mostly life as (new) normal for us. Social distancing is a loosely followed concept and we have returned to hugging, shaking hands and barely keeping our distance. This was a post from my personal Facebook on Christmas Eve reflecting on how blessed we are. How magical is that beach sunset?

kelly kent

So, with that as my experience, my card to reflect today’s theme – Oh 2020! – is one of thanks. I am thankful to live in WA, thankful to have kept relative normality to our lives (for now), to have been able to see loved ones, to spend special occasions with family & friends and to have continued to work within a safe and low risk environment.

Thanks | kelly kent

My card is a mix of old favourites and new products which we get to know and love in 2021. While it’s good to reflect on the past, I’m looking forward to the future and optimistic about what it could bring!

Thanks | kelly kent

The new products are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. “Thanks” stamp is from the You Are Amazing stamp set and the Flower & Field DSP is a free choice from the SAB catalogue with a $90 order from 5th Jan 2021.

Thanks | kelly kent

Familiar favourites are the Triple Banner Punch and flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set (2020-2021 Annual Catalogue).

While I am spreading out the thanks, thank you to everyone who visited my blog in 2020. To everyone who left a comment, tried a project I shared or followed me here on one of my socials (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest). It’s always fun to reflect on the year, so here’s my 2020 in review…

It’s been a good year! But without an audience to blog to, blogging is not nearly as fun, so thank you so sharing this with me!

One last thank you for 2020 goes to my family – my family at Papercraft HQ (Mr Papercraft, the mini Papercrafts and Nanna & Grandad Papercraft). Your patience with 5 more “stamping minutes”, tolerance of dinners on the table later than I had in mind after I got waylaid with something stamping, allowance of sleep ins after night owl bedtimes and compliance with the sanctity of my craft room gives me the room to be happy and creative. The other half of this thank you is to my Paper Adventures team – my stamping family. Your friendship and sense of belonging to the stamping community kept it in my priorities for another year!

For more 2020 reflections from my stamping friends, click on the next button to visit Nicole Wilson. You can find a full list of the participants in this blog hop on the main Social Stamping Blog Host post here.

From my family to yours – happy new year!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | Get Better Soon

Hello! Thank you for joining me and my stamping friends for another Social Stamping Blog Host. We’ve been hopping on the last Saturday of each month to a shared theme. Today’s theme is “Get Better Soon”.

The Social Stamping Blog Host started when COVID was first making its impact on life in Australia. Very unbelievably, it is still having a significant impact on life on the east coast of Australia – particularly our friends in Melbourne & Victoria. They have only just had restrictions eased after a second wave of the virus. We are in a bubble here on the west coast with restrictions in place that make travel into and out of the state almost impossible. Only time will tell what we can expect here in WA as the COVID journey continues.

This theme could take on so many meanings – from the literal of hoping someone feels better soon from an illness to supporting someone in a hard time where you hope their situation will get better. There’s also this meme that pops up on social media every now and again that always makes me smile at the clever use of language (it must be the Speech Pathologist humour in me!).

Whatever the sentiment behind the get better wishes, I always love seeing what my creative friends share during these hops.  There’s a full participant list below – in case of any broken links.  Please enjoy the creativity shared and we hope to inspired you to make something crafty this weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List | get better soon

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Julia Quinn
  3. Elizabeth Gross
  4. Denise Buetler
  5. Sandra Collett
  6. Michelle Strazds
  7. Sheila Pybus
  8. Andrea Sargent

Social Stamping | baby

Hello friends!  It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another Social Stamping blog hop with my wonderful Stampin’ Up! friends.

Today we’re making and sharing baby projects – an ode to the start of spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.  You can see all the details about this theme and the full list of participants by clicking here.

I love stamp sets with a cute baby theme.  There’s a large portion of my retired stash that are baby sets I can’t part with.  For today’s card I wanted to use a set that doesn’t jump out as a “baby set” but has included the pieces needed to create a cute ‘just hatched’ card.

Dino Days | kelly kent

This fold uses a normal card base with the top corner cut off and the front folded back on itself.  When closed it looks like this…

Dino Days | kelly kent

The baby is from the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I am in love with those scripted letters!

Dino Days | kelly kent

The dinosaur, egg and sentiment are from the Dino Days stamp set and Dino Dies.  So cute!

Dino Days | kelly kent

I added some embossing with the Woodlands Embossing Folder on the background panel and the Hammered Metal on the egg.

Dino Days | kelly kent

The DSP for the card is from two different packs.  The yellow is from the Whale of a Time DSP and the jade is from the Flowers for Every Season DSP.  My go-to colours for a neutral baby card are yellow and green, so these colours and patterns worked well.  When I look at the yellow pattern, I see dinosaur scales!

Dino Days | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today.  Next up on the hop is Andrea Sargent – you’re going to love what she’s sharing!  Keep hopping until you get back to where you started.  There’s lots of great projects to see!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  School holidays have just started here and we’re enjoying some family time!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com