My Top 3 Tips for Designing Neutral Cards…

Why are neutral cards the best to have in your stash?  Because you can give them to anyone!

This is a card we made at 2 of my classes last week.  It celebrates everything I love about neutral cardmaking.  Scroll down past the photo for my top tips.

I am in love with this card!  I could make this card (and ones like it) every day of the week and never tire of the style.

My top 3 tips for designing netural cards, like this birthday card using Wetlands Stamp Set, Hardwood Background stamp & Burlap ribbon plus a great colour combination (Lost Lagoon, Tip Top Taupe & Very Vanilla). Kelly Kent -

What are my top 3 tips for designing neutral cards?

  1. Use a stamp set with images from nature like the Wetlands & Hardwood Background stamp sets.  These type of images are familiar to everyone, not feminine (if you choose the right set) and go well with my next tip.
  2. Choose natural/coastal tones (think blues, greys, browns, greens) – like the Lost Lagoon, Tip Top Taupe & Very Vanilla in this card.  This serene colour combination is just beautiful, a good netural base for any theme or card and not typical of either of the genders.
  3. Select rustic embellishments.  Extra finishing touches on a card – especially ribbon – can automatically tip it into ‘girl zone’. So, to keep it neutral, stick with rugged options like burlap ribbon or metallic touches (ie, staples, buttons).

And the final bonus tip – keep it simple!

I know making cards suitable for every recipient (especially the men in your life) is challenging, but if you use these tips as a guide, it’s hard to go wrong!

Need some more neutral basics?  You can buy any of the products I used in this card in my online store.

If you’re in Australia and don’t have a regular demonstrator, I’d love to have you as part of my journey (either as a customer or part of Team Papercraft).  I love new customers & team members (pssttt… did I mention I love spoiling people?).  If you’re shopping online, the March host code for your shopping cart is U4HR3CGY.

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Kelly x

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Heat Tool


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 -

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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Fishing for Fun…

One of my friends gives me the best inspiration to make cards. I think it’s because she doesn’t just ask for X card.  She asks for an “awesome X card”!

So, this is the “awesome fishing card” I made using the water gel effect.  Dawn Griffith has a great you tube video showing the technique.  The quick explanation is that you put hair gel in a zip lock bag and add it as a ‘water’ layer in your card.

By good luck, it also fits with this week’s Just Add Ink theme – all things masculine.  Although my card is for the mini-masculine fellow, I know quite a few big kids that would enjoy their own version!


My card ended up being a mix of old favourites & new ideas. The Cloudy Day embossing folder is now retired (sadly!) but new to the SU! family is the Festive Flower Builder Punch which I used to create the fish bodies.


The boy is a Silhouette cut I created from an online image.  I’m lucky to have my Cameo to help me with the little extras in my cards – but I would love SU! to bring out a die set with children’s silhouettes.  I think kids in silhouette look so cute.  The craft stash will never be extensive enough for all the ideas I have! Kelly x

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Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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Best Thoughts – A Great Reason to Earn Stampin’ Rewards

The hostess only sets in this year’s catalogue are beautiful – definitely ones you’ll want to own at least one of them (if not all!!!).

Today’s card features the stunning “Best Thoughts” stamp set:


The great news is that you too can add hostess sets to your collection!  Any order or workshop that totals more than $250 before shipping qualifies for Stampin’ Rewards.  These are reward dollars that you can spend on anything in the catalogue – including hostess sets.

What’s better than that?  The exclusive hostess sets are specially priced, so you get more value from your rewards.  If you’d like to book a workshop or host a virtual party, please get in touch with me – I’d love to hear from you!  Kelly x

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*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for June is MAB6AJXN.

Time for a Challenge – 2 cards, 1 sketch, 2 colour combinations!

This week, it’s a whole bundle of challenges all in one post.  I’ve taken the Freshly Made Sketches sketch #186 and combined it with 2 different colour challenges.

This is the sketch:

And I’ve teamed it with the ESAD Demo Designs challenge by Richelle Fletcher:


To create this version of my card:


And also the Just Add Ink #262 colour challenge by Di Barnes {go to Di’s blog and check out her JAI sample card – it’s stunning!):

To create this:


Like a proud parent I can’t choose which version I like best.  I do know that I {LOVE} the tulips and have everything crossed that this makes the carryover list once the Occasions catalogue finishes on 2nd June.  Kelly x

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Stampin Write Markers - Neutrals Collection

Stampin Write Markers – Neutrals Collection
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Want to place an online order?  The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.

Happy Easter from Kelly & the little bunnies!

Happy Easter Sunday!  We’ve been spending the weekend with family & friends – eating way too much chocolate and delighting in seeing Easter through the eyes of kids.  This morning we followed the Easter bunny’s trail around the garden – collecting, eggs, stickers, crackers & toys.  So much fun!  Easter was definitely ‘this way ->’!


These are my two little “Easter bunnies”… Do you love their ‘mummy made’ shirts (guess who got a fabric blade for their Cameo!!!)?


Happy Easter.  Chocolately love from Kelly & the little bunnies x

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“Herd” You Were … Looking for some card ideas!

I’m still loving “From the Herd”.  It’s so fun much to colour the farm animals with Blendabilities & they make a great centrepiece for a light hearted (gender neutral) card.  I love the match with the Hardwood Background Stamp which is a constant favourite on my craft table.  It’s fabulous when the old & the new make such good friends.

These are two of my recent creations.  In this one I wanted the animals to be peeking out from behind a fence to mimic the ‘looking in on you’ sentiment.  It makes for a perfect get well card.


The second is for a work colleague who is leaving.  There isn’t a ‘good luck’ type sentiment in the set, which is  shame because the first thing I thought when I saw this stamp set in the catalogue was “woo hoo, a ‘from all of us’ sentiment that would be perfect for group cards”.  Not to worry – the computer came to the rescue and I was able to add in my own sentiments.  I love the “punny” of using ‘herd’ rather than ‘heard’.  I hope the person receiving the card gets it, otherwise they’ll think I’m a really bad speller! Kelly x


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Pinterest Quickie – Lotus Blossom on a Hardwood Feature

This quick card was inspired by one of my Pinterest pins – a card by Beth Rush, which she made after being inspired by one of her Pinterest pins … and it so it goes …

I started with a Soft Suede Hardwood circle created using the masking technique.  I changed up the flower for a Melon Mambo Lotus Blossom & added the ‘Amazingly Amazing’ sentiment from Painted Petals.  Finished with my all-time favourite embellishment – Linen Thread – and this all occasion card (thank you, birthday, just because …) is done!  Kelly x


Old School Teacher Appreciation

It’s that time of the year – Christmas & coming and so is the end of the school year.  Handmade is a great way to say thank you to a teacher who has helped & guided some of our most precious little minds.  We’ve got a long list of ‘thank yous’ to make this year, so this won’t be the first teacher appreciation blog post, but it will be the most retro.  I’m fairly certain you’d be hard pressed to find a blackboard amongst the interactive whiteboards & high tech equipment these days.  But, the symbolism is wonderful!  Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Squares

Punches: Banner, Cupcake Builder

Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss

Embossing: White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar

Stamp Set: Hardwood Background, Sassy Salutations

Walk the Birthday Plank – Another Lego Treat Cup Card

Do you remember the pirate ship birthday invites?  Well, to get a card worthy of those invites, I had to go the extra mile for the birthday card!  So, using a similar ship design, I created another treat cup flip/easel card featuring a naughty pirate walking the plank.  The best part – when you ‘flip’ the card, the pirate ‘falls’ off the plank.  I love handmade cards – how could you not? #defnotahallmark.  Kelly x


The 'flip'
The ‘flip’
Side view
Side view
Close Up
Close Up

Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Simply Scored

Thinlits: Circle Card

Framelits: Apothecary Accents, Banners, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Stamp: Hardwood Background

Extras: Circle Treat Cups, Season of Style Washi (retired), Lego & Bamboo Skewer (not SU!)

Image & Sentiment Computer Generated