Old Fashioned Birthday | Whiskey Business

The Whiskey Business stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue is a wonderful mix of fun and serious all at the same time.  It’s a great theme for anyone who loves drinks that come with ice in a lowball tumbler – or anyone who can appreciate this as a nostalgic nod to ye-old-timey symbolism.

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

The styling in this set is perfect and I couldn’t get away from needing to craft with rich colours and bold patterns.  The DSP is from the World of Good pack – which has rich brass tones running through it and is perfectly moody for a whiskey card!

The whiskey bottle and glass were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black.  The colouring is Bumblebee ink which is a vibrant but deep yellow tone that looks like a good whiskey!  I’m not a whiskey drinker personally, but a little internet search tells me that it comes in many colours from clear through to yellow, amber and brown tones.  You could have some fun with colouring the variations!

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

The layout for this card was CASEd from Rochelle Blok.  You can see her original card here.  Rochelle repetitively stamped along the back panel which I loved – but particularly the way it all lined up down the left and created white space on the right.  I’ve used the ‘cheers to you’ stamp in Misty Moonlight – lined up on my Stamparatus. The spacing of this stamp didn’t work for hinge stamping, so instead I’ve used the Grid Paper you can buy for your Stamparatus and while keeping the stamp in place on the Stamparatus, I’ve moved the cardstock up every 1/2″ until I’ve stamped all the way up the page.

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

I just love the sentiments in this stamp set – especially this one!  There really is something special about getting an ‘old-fashioned’ birthday card in the mail.

I hope you have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Happiest Birthday Wishes | multicoloured greetings

I’ve been loving the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set. It’s filled with super versatile birthday greetings, and since birthday cards are the most common card I make, it’s had a good workout since it was released in the 2020 Annual Catalogue in June.

Today I’m sharing a technique that adds some fun to the large stamp from this set. Big stamps can sometimes be hard to use but are perfect when you want the sentiment to be the feature of the card.

Colours: Rococo Rose, Bumblebee, Calypso Coral | DSP: Artistry Blooms

Using the Stamparatus, I added ink to the top & bottom of the stamp directly with the ink pads and then to middle with a sponge dauber.

You don’t need a Stamparatus to use do this technique but I love two things about using it – 1. You can re stamp if you need a bit more ink somewhere or better blending 2. You can easily make lots of these with minimal fuss. I pre-cut the scalloped rectangles (from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies) and kept one of the negatives. I was then able to place the die cut into the Stamparatus for quick & easy placement. This is a great tip for cards you want to mass produce.

After making the first card in pinks, I decided to make another version with one of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue – Whale of a Time. I’d be happy to have a whole pack of the turtle prints – they are so pretty!!

Colours: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Granny Apple Green |
DSP: Whale of a Time

And one more using another favourite – Boho Indigo. I used an ombré effect for this sentiment, choosing 3 different shades of blue.

Colours: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy | DSP: Boho Indigo

I could make these cards all day! It’s a great way to make use of the DSP we like to collect. Simply cut a 2” strip and adhere to a coordinating card base. Stamp your multicoloured sentiment and attach to the card front.

Have a great week!

Stamp Review Crew | Timeless Tulips

Good morning buttercups – or is that tulips?

I’m hopping with my international stamping friends and I know you’re going to love the inspiration to follow!  If you’ve hopped from Cindy’s blog – welcome!

Today’s chosen stamp set for the Stamp Review Crew is Timeless Tulips and the coordinating Tulip Builder Punch.

For a little bit of whimsy (in a time when we can’t let life get to serious), I made my flowers into rainbow tulips.

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You won’t find these growing in nature – they are dyed with split stems to create this effect, but oh-so-pretty nonetheless!  Our local farmer’s market often sells roses with this gorgeous colour pattern.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

The tulips were easy to make using the Stamparatus.  I added each ink one colour at a time with Sponge Daubers, pressing down between each ink so the colours didn’t blend.  The colours are Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight & Melon Mambo for the flowers and Granny Apple Green for the stems.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

This stamp set has a coordinating punch – no fussy cutting required and super quick to get all those tulips ready for a cute little bunch.  I’ve added some Old Olive splatters on the Whisper White behind the tulips for a touch of texture and tied all the tulip stems together with Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.  I’ve left it white , but this ribbon takes colour so easily using Stampin’ Blends or your ink pad.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

The DSP for this card is from the Honey Bee Specialty pack which was a reward choice during the 2020 Sale-A-Bration.  It was so popular that it’s all gone now, but until Tuesday evening, there’s heaps of other products you can add to your order when you spend $90 or more.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

I’m finding myself using hello sentiments a lot lately.  Timeless Tulips has a beautiful font and this ‘hello’ looks great heat embossed in black.


To see more tulip projects, please keep hopping.  Next blog to visit is my friend Charlet Mallett.

I hope your week is full of pretty colours!

Stamparatus Accessories

Stamparatus®

If you already own a Stamparatus, then you’ll be excited to hear that there’s now additional accessories available.

If you haven’t yet added this amazing tool to your collection, then it’s time!  Only $85 for perfectly straight, clear and bold stamping, but the option for awesome techniques like hinge stamping and wreath stamping.

Stamparatus

$85.00

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like a Stamparatus demonstration, please contact me for a free in-home workshop!

Colour INKspiration #36

It’s time for another awesome Colour INKspiration challenge.  We had some great entries for CI#35 with the Neutrals Collections.  You can find all the action on our Facebook page.

We’d love to see you join in challenge #36 which is this stunning colour palette of Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Basic Gray & Silver.

You can also add any Basic – Whisper White, Very Vanilla & Basic Black and any metallic.

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Yellow, gray, black & white together is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.  The addition of a brown tone certainly made it interesting!!!

I played up the yellow & gray tones and added just a touch of Soft Suede.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

Both of these cards using the same techniques & layout – I’ve just switched the colours, orientation & centrepiece to get two unique designs with minimal extra design effort.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

This card features the butterfly from Springtime Impressions Thinlits, Tea Room & Nature’s Poem DSP and a wreath made from one of the little stamps in the Love What You Do stamp set.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

I have left both cards without a sentiment for two reasons – one, it didn’t really fit the design and second is because I love sentiment-free cards!

I’ve used the Subtle Embossing Folder for both card bases – it just lifts a blank space without being overpowering.  Everyone needs to order this embossing folder!!

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

I love having DSP stacks back in the catalogue.  They are perfect for colour challenges because you always have the colour you need!!!  And the patterns this year are awesome – plain stripes and dots plus creative stripes & dots.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

The centrepiece of each card features a perfect wreath.  I’d seen these shared on others projects, but had the chance to try out this technique recently when it was part of a class run by Mandy Depiazzi.

It uses a template and your stamparatus.  I’m not sure who came up with this idea first, but this youtube tutorial by Barb Stamps is a great explanation on how to make your template & create your wreath.

This is a close-up of the Crushed Curry wreath.  I’ve just stamped in all 8 positions using a 2-3/4″ square of Whisper White cardstock.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today. Can’t wait to see your creation on our Facebook page.

Continue the hop by visiting the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #402 | Choose Two

It’s a choose two theme this week for Just Add Ink.  We give you three choices – and you craft using your favourite combination of 2!

It’s stencils, foil or feathers this week – what will you choose?

I went with foil & feathers – and playing with a new toy!!!

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

Late last year we had the chance to pre-order Stampin’ Up!’s new positioning tool called the Stamparatus.  They arrived this month and it’s been so fun to play!  It’s officially available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue (release date: June 2018) – I’ll make sure to update you once it’s available to order again.

So much more than the standard positioning tool, it’s got an awesome hinge feature which makes repetitive stamping a breeze – these feathers took me no time at all and look how straight & evenly spaced they are.

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

You can go back over and stamp the same image to get a great solid image – like for the Basic Gray sentiment.

The feathers are an easy spot for my card, but I’ve been a bit sneaky with the foil component.  The DSP background is the Sale-A-Bration Springtime {FOIL} DSP – only available for a couple more days (until 31st March 2018) so I thought I’d give it one last outing!

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

If you love the stamped images, you’ll find them both in the Feather Together stamp set from the Annual Catalogue!

Thanks for joining me today for Just Add Ink.

If you have some craft time over Easter and create something wonderful with stencils, foil & feathers, be sure to share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there.

If some crafty shopping is also on your agenda over Easter, my online Stampin’ Up! store will be open all weekend!  With free Sale-A-Bration choices until 9pm (WA time) on Saturday 31st March 2018.  Click here to browse the online store!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamparatus | Reserve Yours…

Stamparatus - pre-order now for 2018 delivery | kelly kent

The first reservation window for the Stamparatus filled up in 15 mins!

So, you know this is going to be one amazing tool – which means you’ll want to have one on order!!!  They are only $85 – with so many features you’ll be wondering why they didn’t charge more.

See my previous post for all the details on what a Stamparatus is & how it work.

This is the final reservation window – starting 5am Perth time (8am Sydney time) tomorrow – 6th December 2017.

Stampin’ Up! will take unlimited orders until 31st December 2017 and ship them, in the order they were reserved, from 19th March 2018.

The closer to 5am on 6th December 2017 that you reserve your Stamparatus, the quicker you’ll be able to purchase it in 2018.

Once this reservation window closes, the next opportunity to buy it will be the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue (June 2018).

There’s a limit of 1 per customer.  You’ll need to login to your online account, click here to visit the shopping page, and follow the instructions from there – CLICK HERE.

You will not be charged for the Stamparatus until it becomes available and you process your shopping cart.  You are welcome to reserve now now and then change your mind next year.  But if you don’t reserve one, there isn’t another chance.

Got all that?  The key points….

  • Reserve a Stamparatus anytime between 5am (AWST) Wed 6th December and 3.50pm (AWST) 31st December 2017
  • Orders will ship from 19th March 2018 in the order they were reserved
  • No payment til your order is processed next year
  • Reserve now, option to change your mind next year
  • Limit of one reservation per customer
  • Reservations via my online store – CLICK HERE

Please let me know if you have any questions about the reservation process or if I can help you with reserving one.

I can’t wait to get my hands on a Stamparatus.

It’s going to be the stamping tool that we wondered how we ever stamped without it!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Get Ready for the Stamparatus!!!

We are currently in radio silence mode with all things new catalogue… but I have permission to share with you an exciting new product that will be available in 2018.

It’s a stamp positioning tool called the Stamparatus!

Stamparatus - pre-order now for 2018 delivery | kelly kent
They’ll be $85 (Australian pricing) and are available for ordering from 17th November, with delivery from 1st Feb 2018 (first pre-order window).

The features of this tool are unlike any stamp positioning tool you’ve ever seen – they are amazing!!

Stamparatus - pre-order now for 2018 delivery | kelly kent

This is oh-so-exciting.  It’s been developed by demonstrators to suit the needs of crafters!

Watch Carrie in this video tell us more about the amazing features of the Stamparatus…

There’s 3 opportunities to reserve your own Stamparatus…

Stamparatus Pre-Order Dates

Reservations will be available on the dates above (from 5am Perth time on 17th Nov, 6th Dec and 16th Jan).  These reservation windows will allow Stampin’ Up! to accurately predict how much stock they need to order from the supplier and limit disappointment when new and exciting products go on backorder!

During these dates you can reverse your Stamparatus by clicking here.

You must already have an online Stampin’ Up! account (the one you use for shopping in the online store) and a credit card for the purchase.  The funds will only be taken from your card once shipping begins.

Once your Stamparatus becomes available, you can take advantage of any promotions running at the same time (like Sale-A-Bration!).

I’ve answered most of the questions I think you’ll ask above, but you can read the full FAQ questions document by clicking here.

The Stamparatus Reservation Tutorial can be downloaded here.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

There is no doubt over the coming months that everyone is going to be talking about the Stamparatus and you’re going to want to get your hands on one!

If you’re even a little bit curious, make sure you get a reservation.  You can always cancel your reservation if you change your mind.

Don’t you just love new toys that make stamping even easier???  I know I do!

How many sleeps til 1st Feb???

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com