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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It’s a Punch Art Kind of Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful Dads out there!

Thank you for taking the kids out of the house so us Mums can have some quiet craft time, for being patient that more cards get made than beds and in my case, for funding the hobby that has become a daily part of life for all of us at Papercraft HQ.

This year I made punch art cards to match the presents Grandad Papercraft & Mr Papercraft got for Father’s Day.

Can you guess what they unwrapped?

For Grandad Papercraft
For Grandad Papercraft
For Mr Papercraft
For Mr Papercraft

Much love to you both on this special day.  We share our love for you every day, but it’s nice to take a moment to really let you know.  Happy Father’s Day!  Kelly & the little misses xxx

Go Slow Sunday – JAI274

How has your weekend been?  We’ve had a lovely ‘go slow’ weekend filled with play-time (for me & the kids), time spent with a good book, some glimpses of sunshine and a Sunday afternoon baking session.  By Bunbury standards, it’s cold at the moment, so let me tell you, we devoured the bread hot out of the oven with melted butter…. mmmmm!

In between baking demands, I managed to get some time at the craft table to make my card for Just Add Ink.  The inspiration for this week’s challenge was all about muted colours, wood tones & simplicity.

It took me a while to get going on this one.  Not because I didn’t like the inspiration, but because I {LOVED} the cards made by the design team.  I could have happily CASEd all of them!  But, that’s not allowed, so here’s my contributions for JAI 274.  I had a play with a couple of different layouts using the same elements – one of my favourite ways to increase my productivity without doubling the time.

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I think the first one is my favourite with the overlapping layers.  The “HAPPY” is stamped in Soft Suede on both cards, but one before reinking and one after.  What a difference it makes (though the photography doesn’t show it up as much as the cards do)!  I often have to double check after reinking because I get paranoid that I’ve used the wrong colour!!!  As good as Stampin’ Up! ink pads are, they will need reinking over time to keep the intensity of colour – especially for the ones you use often.  It’s always a good idea to buy the reinker at the same time as you buy the ink pad so that you’re all set.  It also means you’ll be able to use your reinkers for cool techniques (like making a baby wipe into an ink pad, colouring white ribbon, creating watercolour backgrounds and more!).

Have you started on your Father’s Day cards yet?  Father’s Day in Australia is September 6th this year – 4 weeks to go.  Any ideas for Father’s Day presents would be greatly appreciated.  At the moment for Mr Papercraft all I’ve got on the list is quality time with the Little Misses and more SU! to keep the wife happy!  I might need some help!!!  Kelly x

 

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ESAD Occasions & SAB 2015 Blog Hop – Getting into Guy Greetings!

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Welcome to another ESAD blog hop – a round trip through lots of inspiration for products from the 2015 Occasions catalogue & 2015 Sale-A-Bration range.  You might be starting here, finishing here or just stopping by on your way around.  If you’re on your way, then you’ve just seen Amity’s Project Life creations.  Next stop on the journey is Norelle’s blog.  A full list of participants is at the bottom of this post.

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.

Welcome to my projects.  After buying what seems like most of the products (shhhh!) from the new Occasions catalogue (who can choose a favourite when the offerings are that good???) and earning quite a few SAB gifts, I had quite a selection of products from which to choose for my blog hop focus.

After some umm-ing & ahhhh-ing, I have ended up deciding to showcase the very interesting stamp set “Guy Greetings” (138825/138828/137178) – mainly as a bit of a push to ink it up and hopefully fall in love with it.

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You see, since it arrived, I’ve been struggling to get excited about it!  [And based on the offerings of Pinterest, I might not be the only one].  In theory, it’s a great set – masculine theme, great font and lots of potential… but something about it has been blocking my creative flow.

Well, not anymore for this old-fashioned engine with determination!

Armed with a theme of Night of Navy, Cajun Craze & my favourite neutrals, here’s what I came up with:


“You’re My Anchor”

Guy Greetings paired with Birthday Bash DSP (137783), Starbust Framelits (132967) and Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (137873).

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Do you like the boating knot? Learn how to tie your own by following this tutorial.


“Hardwood Classic”

Guy Greetings coupled with Hardwood Background Stamp (133032) and On Film Framelits (132969).

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The Hardwood stamp would have to be one of my all-time favourite SU! stamps.  It goes with so many themes.


“Mechanical Bro”

Guy Greetings featuring a punch art coverall made using Square Framelits (130921) & Triangle Punch (133375).

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I do love my punch art!  This design would also work for hi-vis (which gives me an idea for the future!) or a crisp white shirt, making it perfect for a range of men.  As well as “brother”, Guy Greetings comes with father, Grandpa, Dad, husband & uncle – fully customisable for the men in your life.


And one final share, to go with my mechanic punch art card.

“Tool Bag Curvy Keepsake Box” (135853).

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Did you know that quite a few of the popular products from the 2014 Holiday Catlaogue are back as ‘returning favourites’, which is fabulous because the Curvy Keepsake Box has definitely been a favourite of mine![You can see them on page 49 of the Occasions 2015 catalogue].

So far all of my Curvy Keepsake Box creations have been ‘lovely for the ladies’ or ‘cool for kids’, so I wanted to create one that was ‘great for guys’.  Think Dad’s Tool Bag could be a winner – especially if it was filled with his favourite chocolates.


Thanks for joining me while I made friends with my Guy Greetings Stamp Set.  It’s definitely grown on me and I’m excited to make more ‘manly’ cards throughout the year.

Next stop on the blog hop is Norelle.  Please leave a comment or two as you hop around – we love hearing from you!  Kelly x

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LIST OF BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:

1. Libby Dyson

2. Narelle Hoggard

3. Leonie Schroder

4. Jenny Hayward

5. Tamsin Adams

6. Helen Williams

7. Pauline Bennetts

8. Monique Fielder

9. Nicole Wilson

10. Keryn Campbell

11. Clare Mcilhatton

12. Ria Kaire

13. Kathryn Ruddick

14. Sally Williams

15. Tricia Raineri

16. Nerida Carter

17. Mel Pagano

18. Rachael Lewsley

19. Amity Knight 

20. Kelly Kent – you are here!

21. Norelle Targato