Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Lots of Happy

Hello everyone!  It’s been a little quiet on the blog this week as I balance finding some craft time together with going back to work.  10 weeks of long service leave went way too quickly!!!

I’m checking back in today with the Stamping Sunday Design Team to share ideas for two of the kits in the Occasions Catalogue.

Join the team as they share spin off designs & projects from the Lots of Happy Kit & Perennial Birthday Kit.

For the full link up list, click on the cute little blue froggie.

View the kits in the online store by clicking on the links below…

The Lots of Happy Kit is an all-inclusive kits and supplies all the materials you need for 20 cards including envelopes.  You’ll also get a stamp set to keep, black ink spot, 4 watercolour pencils, ombre ribbon and dimensionals.  2 of the Watercolour Pencil colours are exclusive to this kit!  You may like to purchase an Aqua Painter to use with the Watercolour Pencil if you don’t already own one.

The Perennial Birthday card coordinates with the gorgeous Perennial Birthday stamp set.  You can choose to use stamps you already have in your collection to finish this kit or purchase the Perennial Birthday stamp set to use with the kit.  This kit has supplies for 16 cards, including envelopes and a beautiful storage box for the finished set of cards – complete with dividers.


All Stampin’ Up! kits come with written instructions and videos are available on the Stampin’ Up! YouTube channel.  Click here to visit.

I love using the kits as extra supplies in my stash to create some different designs.

Today I’m sharing three cards I’ve made using supplies from the kit together with the Wood Textures DSP.

Lots of Happy Kit | kelly kent

The first card I made used the flower cut out from the kit, the watercolour pencils and the ‘lots + lots of happy’ sentiment.

Lots of Happy Kit | kelly kent

By changing the background to the Stitched Shapes squares cut from a series of scraps I had from another Wood Textures DSP project, I was able to change the look from the card kit designs to something completely different!

Continuing on with the Wood Textures theme, I used another sentiment to create a birthday card…

Lots of Happy Kit | kelly kent

And a final one using the Waterfront stamp set and another sentiment from the Lots of Happy Kit…

Lots of Happy Kit | kelly kent

This stamp set is photopolymer so I’ve cut the thank you part away from the ‘for being a friend’ part so I can use just the thank you or join it back together on the block and use all of it.

I love that the all-inclusive kits give you a stamp set to keep!  They are always full of a variety of useful sentiments.

If you’d like to store yours with your other stamp sets, you can purchase the clear cases as a pack of 4 and download & print the case cover by clicking on the link image below.

CLEAR CASE INSERT - LOTS OF HAPPY KIT | kelly kent

To see all the clear case inserts I have created – free to download & print – click here.

See the clear cases in the online store..

Next up on this blog hop is the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee, or see the full link list by clicking on the blue frog.

You may also be interested in our exclusive Stamping Sunday Tutorial Bundle with 6 more project ideas including full measurements & instructions. Click here for all the info!

That’s all from me for Stamping Sunday.  After a lovely year designing with Sara Levin & the team, this is my last blog hop.  I’d like to thank Sara for the opportunity and the Stamping Sunday team for their creativity & friendship.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

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Stamping Sunday | Beachy Little Christmas

It’s the fourth Sunday of the month, which is the special day I get to hop with my friends from Stamping Sunday.

You can find the whole line up for today’s theme by clicking on the little blue frog.

This blog hop brings you inspiration from all around the world – which is particularly relevant for this hop.

Given the different seasons that the Christmas period brings, we are either showcasing Beachy Little Christmas or Snowflake Sentiments.

Growing up in Australia, it’s most likely that our Christmas Day is going to be hot.  I’m not actually sure I’ve ever spent a Christmas Day at the beach – but this is a very popular pastime for lots and lots of bronzed Aussies.

So, when I saw the Beachy Little Christmas stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue, I knew it was going to be fun!!!


I love all the parts of this stamp set and used most of them between my two projects today.

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The first card is inspired by the tree in the stamp set, but I decided to transform the tree base to a string tree.  Perhaps reminiscent of a tree made from old fishing nets???

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

I spent some time fussy cutting the beachy ornaments from the tree to add to my string tree…

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

I love the idea of a non-traditional tree with shells & starfish as decorations!

I couldn’t leave off the saying – it completes the theme, but I didn’t want to clutter the clean & simple design with a sentiment, so I popped it on the inside!

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent


The second card uses the other sentiment in the set with another shell theme…

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The shells are shimmery in the sunlight (which most of my photos are not for this post – I couldn’t get the lighting quite right!!!)

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The inside is decorated for this card too!

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The Merry Christmas comes from the Half Full stamp set – it’s my favourite ‘Merry Christmas’ stamp in the Holiday Catalogue.


Thanks for hopping with us today!  Click on the blue frog to see who’s next on the hop.  There’s bound to be a snowflake on the horizon!!!

It’s free shipping from 9pm tonight until 8.59pm tomorrow (WA time, midnight -11.59pm Sydney time).

So, if you live in Australia and see anything on the blog hop that you’d like to order, you can add all those items to your shopping cart (click here for the online store) and have it delivered directly to your door at no additional cost for postage.  Any order big or small!  But only on Monday 27th November.

Happy shopping!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Spooky Night & Painted Autumn

Hello Sunday!

The fourth Sunday in fact, which is when I get together with my Stamping Sunday friends.

You can find the whole list of participants by clicking on the cute little blue frog!!  You’ll find a direct link to Yvonne’s blog at the end of the post to keep hopping.



Today it’s all about one of my favourite subjects – Designer Series Paper, or “DSP”.

Sara has asked us to create using either the Painted Autumn DSP or Spooky Night DSP.  But…. it can’t be a fall (autumn) or Halloween project!

I love a challenge to make “something” into “something else”.

Although I love all DSP, and usually buy every pack, I skipped on Spooky Night this catalogue.  Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia and I still have some similar colours left from last year!

I do however, absolutely {LOVE} the Painted Autumn DSP and took the 3-for-1 DSP deal on at the moment as the opportunity to stock on this beautiful design.

With a fresh pack of pretty paper in hand, I wanted to try a card on my stamping list – a Gift Box in a Card design.

Following this fabulous tutorial by Rachel Tessman, I made my own version using the Painted Autumn DSP and Big on Birthdays stamp set.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The card base is the same size as any regular card, but then you make a cute little box using the DSP and a lid using cardstock and place it into a 2″ square cut into the card base.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

It sits across the card like this…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The idea of the box is to hold a little gift.  So, I used the DSP to make a necklace to slide into the gift box.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Here’s another view (lots of photos in this post!)…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I always love a coordinating card & gift option and this style of card takes it to the next level!!!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

I can see many of this style of card in my stamping future!

It doesn’t fit in an envelope – but that just makes it the perfect gift for a colleague’s desk or on a placemat for a birthday dinner!

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

My next project takes us from deluxe to a great card, with limited supplies…

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

The DSP is so stunning with beautiful patterns.  You can use them as a background – like the arrow stripes (my favourite in the pack!!!) or by fussy cutting the patterns for a centrepiece – like the sunflowers.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Add some ribbons and a favourite sentiment and your stunning card is done in a flash!

The sentiment is from the Just Add Text stamp set.  Find it on page 167 of the Annual Catalogue.  Filled with great fonts & beautiful words, it’s great for all those friendship, gratitude & all occasions cards.

Stamping Sunday Painted Autumn DSP | kelly kent

Speaking of wonderful things, it has been lovely to hop with the Stamping Sunday design team again.

To keep going, hop on to Yvonne’s blog and see her gorgeous projects!

To see everyone from the Stamping Sunday design team who’s hopping today, click on the blue frog for a full list.


Thanks for hopping with us!  It’s always lovely to be able to share our projects with you.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Labels To Love

Welcome to another blog hop with the Stamping Sunday Design Team, including our guest designer – Mary Deatherage.

We hop every 4th Sunday of the month, all designing to a chosen theme, suite or Stampin’ Up! product.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.


You are currently hopping with Kelly Kent from Bunbury, in the south west of Australia.

Today we are featuring the Labels to Love stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

This is the second of the coordinating sets for the Everyday Label Punch.

The Merry Little Labels stamp set comes in a bundle with the punch (page 12 of the Holiday Catalogue).

I couldn’t resist buying Labels to Love for it’s fabulous range of sentiments.


My first creation today uses the Merry Christmas stamp together with products from the Color Theory suite to create a snowy Christmas card in Dapper Denim.

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love | kelly kent

I truly love a matching label & punch set – it makes it so easy to create pretty cards, tags and 3D items.

But, sometimes I like to get fancy and put a border around the punched shape…

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love | kelly kent

It works for most of the symmetrical punch shapes.  Just a snip here and a snip there!

You need two punched out version in the same colour.  Snip through the middle one way on the first shape and the other way on the second.

Sometimes you need to snip a little extra from the sides of the second piece so it doesn’t show.  For this label, snip the ends off before cutting through the middle.

Then adhere to your stamped & punched shape, leaving a border around the outside.

Here’s the visual…

Everyday Label Punch - Adding a Border | kelly kent

Borders and extra layers add a finishing touch to projects that you didn’t realise was missing til you added it!


My second project to share with you today is not Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving, but using the stamps from this set to create an anniversary card for Mr Papercraft.

We are celebrating a fateful night of dinner swapping, dancing and the start of something special!

So, using Kristel Rimmer’s Mini Pop & Twist tutorial, I made this oh-so-cute card for his pillow….

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love: Mini Pop & Twist Card | kelly kent

It’s so cute, and so small – that’s the Everyday Label Punch on the front.  The outline stamp makes a great border and the ‘love’ stamp is perfect for my theme.

Stamping Sunday - Labels to Love: Mini Pop & Twist Card | kelly kent

I used my Real Red marker to colour only the leafy part of the ‘give thanks’ stamp to create a border for the love letters on the inside.  These were stamped & fussy cut – all in the name of love!

If you love cute & small versions of things, make sure to visit Kristel’s site to get all the info to make your own Mini Pop & Twist Card.


Thanks so much for hopping with me today!  It’s an abolute pleasure to have you visit.

Please keep hopping for see what the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee made using this stamp set.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.


Have a wonderful week!

School holidays have just started here, so there’s sleep-ins, lazy mornings & crafting in my pjs!!  Oh, wait, that’s all me….. and playdates, junk food & parks!

Life is all about give & take! (Give me the craft supplies and I’ll happily take an hour making something!!!)

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Embossing Paste

Hello Sunday!  I’m delighted to be hopping again this month (4th Sunday) with the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

Today, it’s all about the embossing paste – and you’re going to love the range of ideas we’ve got for you.

To see more of the design team projects, click on the little blue frog for the full link up list.

I love this new product so much that I’ve already finished one tub and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive.  It’ll be here just in time this week to try some of the design team ideas.

As well as embossing paste, there’s also tools for easy application & a pack of 4 decorative masks.

Although on first glance embossing paste is quite simple and is used to emboss the paste through a mask to add texture, there are lots of different adaptations you can make to increase the variety of looks the paste creates.


The first card I’m sharing today uses reinkers to colour the embossing paste and a mask made from the Eclectic Layers die.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can transform the paste from white to any Stampin’ Up! colour by adding a couple of drops of reinker to the embossing paste.

I love that the paste gives a really even colour across the whole pattern.  I always get caught when sponging with that one really dark patch!!!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

To colour the embossing paste:

Dollop a teaspoon of the paste on your silicone craft sheet, drop on 1-3 drops of reinker (depending on the intensity of colour you want) and mix with your palette knife.

Working on the silicone mat makes for a smooth working surface with an easy clean up.  If you don’t own one of these already, then you’ll want to add one to your collection.  I also use mine for hot glue work and have recently heard that they are a great underlay for stamping.

Although I could have easily used one of the Pattern Party masks, it was great to be able to create a different background for this card to suit the fabulous style of the lady!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can create a mask from any die that has a pattern to it – or a an interesting solid shape.


I’m so excited to show you my second project….I heat embossed the embossing paste!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I tried this a few ways with the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, including using a stencil.

In the end I found it worked best when I cut the reindeer out of cardstock, placed on my silicone mat and covered it completely with embossing paste, before layering with embossing powder.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I then gently moved it off my silicone mat and heat embossed it with my heat tool.  The embossing powder bubbles & cracks and creates a fabulous finish that I liken to the crinkly foil on chocolate wrappers!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

In the process of my embossing experiments, I ended up with 2 reindeers – a gold & silver version.  You could do this with any metallic embossing powder you own.

And there’s a whole world of experimentation for non-metallic embossing powders!

The first reindeer card using the gold embossing is texture filled!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

As well as having my heat embossed reindeer, I’ve also added embossing paste to the base layer using the diamond decorative mask – and then stamped over the whole layer with the new Music Sheet background stamp.

This is another great feature of the embossing paste – you can stamp directly onto it!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

The second reindeer card is much simpler (and more my usual style!) with a base of gorgeous Coffee Break DSP and the heat embossed reindeer as the focus.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the embossed reindeer in silver.  As you can see, it’s not important to get a totally flat finish on the embossing paste – it all adds to the texture!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent


That’s all from me today!

If you’d love to see more embossing paste ideas, click on the blue frog to bring up the list of wonderful demonstrators around the world from the Stamping Sunday design team that are sharing their ideas, including our guest hoppers Sarah Fleming & Tanya Boser!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fantastic week!

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Wood Textures Suite

Hello! And welcome to blog hop #2 this afternoon.  It’s a packed schedule, but I have a shocking habit of not saying no!!!

Our Stamping Sunday team has grown, so welcome to the new members who are hopping today!

Sara has chosen the awesome Wood Textures suite today and I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!


My projects today were inspired by the gorgeous flowers Nanna Papercraft sent me on my birthday.

Birthday Tulips | kelly kent

Tulips are one of my favourite flowers!!!  When I saw the Tranquil Tulips stamp set in the new catalogue I let out a little squeal!!!

It will be available in the Annual Catalogue as a set that can be purchased with host rewards.


Project number one for this blog hop is a tulip planter box.  I love the glass vase my tulips came in – so stylish!

To recreate this, I made the Wood Crate Box made from Window Sheet.  But I slightly changed the look by  lining the inside of the crate with the white wood page from the Wood Textures DSP.

Having a close look at the tulips, I decided that Berry Burst & Wisteria Wonder would be a good match.

I added a panel across the middle of the planter box to get a fuller set of tulips.

Some sit at the back, some on the back side of the middle strip and some on the front side of the middle strip.

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

The box is packed with some of the brown paper we get with orders to add more texture.  There’s so many great ways to use the packing paper.

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

The final touch was to add a Berry Burst bow using the gorgeous new Finely Woven Ribbon.


The second project I’m sharing is a coordinating card to go with my tulip planter box.

I love the Wood Words stamp set – and I know you’re going to get a lot of use from it!

My favourite stamp in the set is the floral splatter.

It makes a great background stamp, which is how I’ve used it in this card!

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

The tulip posy sits on top of the floral background, with a trio of ribbons – Copper Trim, Berry Burst ribbon & Burlap ribbon.

The Copper Trim is super special – and sure to be a standout in the new catalogue.

It comes in a tight 1/4″ ribbon format – but when the tube is cut apart, it can be teased into a flat netting layer.  So beautiful!

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

The Hello Friend sentiment is from the Wood Words stamp set.  I do love a bit of copper embossing!!!

And that white wood DSP page – oh my!  I could use a whole pack of that without blinking!

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

Here’s the card and planter box together…

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

There’s so much you can do with this suite.  I know you’ll get lots of inspiration from the other talented demonstrators who are joining me today.

Click on the blue froggie to see the list and choose another blog to visit.

You are currently with Kelly Kent in Australia.

Thank you for joining us and enjoying all the inspiration for the Wood Textures suite.

All the blogs on these hops accept comments and we love to hear from you!!!  Thanks for leaving us a comment.

The next Stamping Sunday Blog Hop I will create for is the 4th Sunday of June, but if you’re loving what the Stamping Sunday design team is creating, have a look at Sara’s blog on the 2nd Sunday of the month too!

Until next time,

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Eastern Palace Suite

I’m excited today to share that I’ll be joining a group of international demonstrators in a monthly blog hop!

Welcome to the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop hosted by Sara Levin, a demonstrator in the US, who has brought us together to share projects inspired by a suite or theme.

It was perfect timing this month for the Eastern Palace suite with pre-release starting tomorrow.

You can find all the products details for this beautiful suite at the end of this post.


For me, one of the most amazing things about this suite is the Eastern Medallion Thinlits – and they inspired the design of my projects today.

For my first project, I used the floral dies for this Eastern posy, combined with the Everyday Jars Framelits – which are carrying over into the new catalogue.

As I’ve already shared a few samples with you for the Eastern Palace Suite {I was lucky enough to get this in my display box}, I wanted to stray away from the deep & majestic colours of the suite, and try it out in some sweeter colours.  I kept the gold influence though!

The flowers are cut from watercoloured paper in Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight & Pool Party.  Using watercolor paper adds some great texture!

As do those Gold Faceted Gems in the middle of my flowers.  They technically aren’t part of this suite, but they may as well be – they go so well!

The beautiful gold DSP is one of the specialty pages from the Eastern Palace DSP, and the cute Fresh Fig tassel comes in a pack with Tranquil Tide & Gold (so luxurious!).


My second project to share with you is a coordinating set of gift tags using the Eastern Medallion dies to create a doily.  For me, this is a sensational feature of this Thinlit set!

Many of the dies in this set are designed to only just the middle section out.  This means you can change the layering, create borders if you need them and snip the edges free to make pretty shapes.

For these tags I have layered them with the sweet colours used in my card, added some gold bling and a sentiment.

The sentiments are from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

Some of them are designed on a natural curve, but being photopolymer stamps, I was able to bend them into a straight shape to create little sentiments for my tags.


Thanks for joining me today for my first Stamping Sunday contribution, and thanks to Sara for inviting me to participate.

Click on the blue frog to see the list of participants in the hop.  If you love this suite, you won’t want to miss seeing what my clever crafty friends made!


If you’re in love with this suite, here’s all the details on ordering during pre-release in May.

You have a choice of two bundles – both with free gifts!

Bundle 1 – Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!

Order it online here from 1st May 2017.

Bundle 2 – Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter!

Order it online here from 1st May 2017.

Watch the Eastern Palace Suite video on You Tube to see the products!