TGIF – Emboss Resist Challenge

Good afternoon!  Here is Bunbury, Western Australia it’s cold & wet.  Perfect weather for crafting!!!

While scrolling through Facebook, I saw this gorgeous card by Chloe Evans.  So pretty & inspiring!!

I’m so pleased to be able to call Chloe a friend of mine!!   We both contribute to several shared design teams, and also to some other ones.

One of Chloe’s DT roles is with TGIF – a challenge I’ve often admired, but never jumped in to join the fun!

This week I am!!!  The theme for TGIF#118 is Emboss Resist – a technique I love!

I’ve combined it with another technique I’m currently in love with – ink “smooshing” (or smooching).

This has been floating around for a while and I wish I was quicker on the uptake (we know I’m not though!!!) – because it’s the easiest and most effective watercolouring I’ve ever done.

And for someone that’s had more watercolour fails than successes along the way, it’s like finding an inky oasis in the desert!!!

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

To get the emboss resist effect, I stamped the trio of stars on the background of Shimmery White cardstock in Versamark, the embossed in clear.  This meant I could “smoosh” as much ink on as I wanted and it wouldn’t take the colour in those places.

There’s lots of tutorials on smooshing – I loved this one by another stamping friend, Jenny Hall.

If you’re adding more than one colour, you need to make sure to allow dry time (or for the impatient crafter like me, help it along with the low setting on your heat tool) between each colour, or they’ll run into each other and ruin your effect!

For this project I used Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise & Dapper Denim.

Lots of plastic surfaces work to transfer the ink, but cello bags were a great option for me!

Ink Smooshing | kelly kent

 

This photo of the star centrepiece also shows up the smooshing colour variation and the embossed stars.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

I didn’t purposely set out to make a Christmas card for this challenge, but the last weekend in July seems like a fitting time for one final Christmas in July card!

I do love the Star of Light stamp set – and I’m so glad it appeared in the Annual Catalogue.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent


If you’re ready for some new Christmas stamps, you are going to {LOVE} the upcoming Holiday Catalogues.  Demonstrators got a sneak peak during the week – and there’s lots of excitement!!!

If you can’t wait til September to see & buy Christmas stamps, you might want to take advantage of the July joining special and join my Paper Adventures team.

The cost for your amazing Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit is $169.  This will land on your doorstep (with free shipping):

  • $235 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products
  • $187 of Christmas in July extras (snips, blocks, adhesive, grid paper, bone folder & Carols of Christmas stamp set)
  • a pack of Stampin’ Up! extras including some catalogues & order forms (just in case you want them – no need to sell to anyone other than yourself if that’s what you choose)

You’ll also get:

  • immediate access to the online version of the upcoming Holiday Catalogue
  • option to pre-order Holiday Catalogue items as of 1st August
  • 20% discount on anything you buy, or 20% commission on any orders you take
  • access to our Paper Adventures Facebook team page, plus invites to participate in team meetings, blog hops & challenges
  • the opportunity to stay as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator until {at least} January 31, 2018.

If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or joining this great company, please get in touch with me so I can provide the answers!

There’s never a bad time to join Stampin’ Up!, but if you want all the extras that are included for Christmas in July, you have just over 2 days to join.

Ready to go?  Click here to join using the online portal.

I’d love to welcome you to our Stampin’ Up! team!  It’ll be such a wonderful experience, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

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CASEing the Catty #135 – Holidays

This week at CASEing the Catty – the challenge where we ask you to be inspired by the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue – we are taking our creative instructions from the Holiday section.

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This year the Holiday section of the catalogue covers more than Christmas, although it’s where you’ll find all those sets that are perfect for the early bird who wants to make festive cards all year around.

Christmas in July is a popular concept in Australia due to the large migrant populations from the Northern hemisphere wanting a cold, wintery and sometimes snowy Christmas!

So, there are many who celebrate an alternative Christmas during the month of July with big feasts, great company and all the Christmas trimmings.

For others, it marks the second half of the year and a milestone to start the preparations for the big day in December.


After a flurry of Christmas cards in late June on my blog, I’m having an ‘it’s only July’ panic and have decided to use the Christmas inspiration for a magical birthday card!

The striking background of this Christmas card caught my attention…

So I turned it pink & girl for a fairy birthday card….

CASEing the Catty #135 | kelly kent

To achieve this look, I started with Shimmery White cardstock and brayered the whole layer with Blushing Bride ink.

I then cut a 2″ circle from scrap paper and used this to create a mask for the moon shape, and then brayered again with Sweey Sugarplum ink.

And finally, I added Berry Burst in the corners.


I love the Star of Light swirl, so I kept this but added in a silver fairy…

CASEing the Catty #135 | kelly kent

With all that sparkle & bling, it’s going to be one of those cards that a photograph doesn’t do it justice!

The card is finished with a ‘magical’ silver sentiment from the Magical Mermaid stamp set (I knew that set was going to work well with the Fairy Celebration stamp set!!!) and some bling – pink Glitter Enamel Dots & Rhinestones.


This challenge is a great excuse to kick start your Christmas card stash!  And put some great ideas out there for other crafters to be inspired by.

Join us on the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page to see the week’s creations and add yours to the mix!

And also hop through to Krissy’s lovely card

Hope your weekend was amazing and the week ahead is even more fabulous!


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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!

The New Thinlit You {NEED}

There are lots of amazing new catalogue projects – but the Happy Birthday Thinlit (and coordinating stamp set if you love a bundle) is a ‘must-have’ for every craft room.

The font is lovely, the size is great and although we’ve had lots of great words in the past, there’s been a definite gap in the birthday zone.

Not anymore…

Check out this cute card I made for my friend – another Kelly – using her birthday balloon present as the inspiration for the design.

This is the balloon…

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

Which I recreated using the Happy Birthday Thinlit in silver glimmer, the star flourish from the Star of Light stamp set (which has carried over to the new catalogue) – heat embossed in white and then I scattered the card base with gold glimmer & shimmery white spots.

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

There’s a second layer of Happy Birthday behind the silver – this gives it a lift!  And of course vellum to ‘frame’ it.

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

Coordinating cards & gifts are always a favourite of mine!

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

It’s the magic of being able to create something really special & really personal!!!

I know I’ll be using the Happy Birthday Thinlits to make lots of cards this year!

If you {NEED} them in your craft stash, check with your local demo.  If that’s me, you can order in my online store or send me an email.

 

Stamp Review Crew – Sweet Stack

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Good morning & welcome to the final Stamp Review Crew hop for 2016!

Today, this talented group of international demonstrators are sharing their creations using the Sweet Stack stamp set.

This sweet set was originally designed to pair with the Sweet Stack project kit and can still be used with the Cutie Pie Thinlits dies to create cake slices fit for a queen!


I’m still in the middle of my Christmas card list (yep, I’m a deadline girl), so I’ve gone with a love-based Christmas theme.

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Stack Christmas Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This card is for Mr Papercraft, so it’s ok for it to be a bit lovey-dovey.

You might not (or you might!) want to send a Christmas card like this to your boss!!!


To create the heart filled circle, I stamped the long heart stamp several time (one under another) and then cut it with a stitched circle.

{Great news – the Stitched Shape Framelits will be available again in January!!!).

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Stack Christmas Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

For my sentiments, I stamped the ‘love you to pieces’ in Basic Black ink and cut that with the smallest stitched circle

{Have you noticed how the stitched framelits are currently appearing on almost every card I make???  They are sooooooo fabulous!}

Then I wrapped my card using the gold twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio in the current Holiday Catalogue.  Unfortunately this is a retiring product, so if you want to stock up, you’ll need to do that before 4th Jan (or stocks run out!).  The good news is that it’s appearing in the online store at the moment at a discounted price!!!

And the final sentiment piece is a Real Red ‘Merry Christmas’ from the Star of Light stamp set (this is a carryover item and will continue to be available until 31st May 2017).


I’m so excited to see what the rest of the team created with this set – particularly the next stop on the hop, the stylish Mike Funke who is super talented at getting the most of a single stamp set!

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Thanks for supporting my Stamp Review Crew creations through 2016 – I look forward to more projects with the Crew in 2017!

The next hop goes live on 2nd January – see you then!

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CASEing the Catty #96 Big Shot

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Thanks for joining me as the last stop on the CASEing the Catty hop featuring favourite Big Shot products / projects from the Holiday Catalogue.

Images © Stampin' Up!

If you didn’t start the beginning, keep hopping til you get back to where you started and make sure you see all the amazing creations.

Did you love what Judy created???  She’s got style!

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I love all things Big Shot, so choosing a favourite was a tough task.

As I flicked through the catalogue, I kept coming back to the samples featuring the Starlight thinlits.

This is definitely one of my favourite bundles.

Star of Light & Starlight bundle. Images © Stampin' Up!

I almost chose the sample in the top photo above as my inspiration, but in the end I was drawn to the front cover….

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Don’t forget about the eye-catching samples on the front of the catalogue!

In the end, I created 4 CASEd versions of the inspiration card.

CASEing the Catty #96 - Big Shot. Starlight Thinlits & Star of Light stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I started by changing the colours to one of my current favourite Christmas combinations – Pool Party & Silver.

{I’m a sucker for ‘modern’ or non-traditional Christmas colours}

CASEing the Catty #96 - Big Shot. Starlight Thinlits & Star of Light stamp set - Pool Party. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Then I created a second version by changing the orientation of the card to portrait.

CASEing the Catty #96 - Big Shot. Starlight Thinlits & Star of Light stamp set - Pool Party. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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I was so happy with the Pool Party, I wanted to go a bit further a field with my Christmas colours and try Sweet Sugarplum & Silver!

This time I changed the colours, star feature & sentiment.

CASEing the Catty #96 - Big Shot. Starlight Thinlits & Star of Light stamp set - Sweet Sugarplum. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And then I also created a portrait version.

CASEing the Catty #96 - Big Shot. Starlight Thinlits & Star of Light stamp set - Sweet Sugarplum. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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Four cards – all different, all special and all from the one inspiration point (and all in a short space of time!).

I can’t stress how easy the catalogue makes it to create beautiful cards.

They can be direct copies, have subtle changes or be your starting inspiration point for a whole world of options!

CASEing the Catty #96 - Big Shot. Starlight Thinlits & Star of Light stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


If you still don’t have a copy of the Holiday Catalogue and would like one (Australian residents), then please leave me a comment and I’ll get one in your hands!

As always, I’ve had so much fun creating these cards as part of the CASEing the Catty design team.

If you’d like to join us, please upload your creations by clicking on the link below.

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Next amazing project to visit is by Deb Speijers.

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ESAD Blog Hop – 2016 Holiday Catalogue

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Hello!  And welcome to the first of 3 blog hops I’m participating in over the next 17 hours – you’re in for a treat!

First up is the ESAD hop which is featuring projects from 25 South Pacific Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

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You’ll hop back & forwards between Australia and New Zealand to sample the delights of the 2016 Holiday Catalogue.

If you missed the release on Thursday, or saw it and are crazy excited like us, then make sure to visit all the blogs – the creativity is wonderful!

Blog hops go in a big circle.  So, if you’ve hopped from Cathy in our national capital (Canberra) – thanks for visiting me in Bunbury, Western Australia.  Just started or still going? Make sure to visit Leonie next, back on the east coast (Sydney).


Now, for my project.  I’m sharing a fancy fold card using one of my favourite bundles from the new catalogue – Star of Light stamp set & Starlight Thinlits.

 

I’ve already seen so many lovely cards on Pinterest using this bundle (buy both the stamp set & thinlits and save 10%).

Want to pin my Christmas Trinket Easel Card?  Click here.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s surprisingly easy to make (see full instructions below) & lots of wow.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

When flat, it’s a pretty card with beautiful colours and that lovely star…

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

When open & in easel layout, the free-hanging ornament is stunning.

These ornaments come in a set of 24 (8 each of 3 designs).

I’ve used the cute little silver bell from the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments pack, but can’t wait to use the holly & gingerbread men too!

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve paired it with a new DSP from the catalogue – Petals & Paisleys Specialty – which is not actually a Christmas themed paper, but works so well with these colours!  And makes it a super versatile investment!

Easel cards make great Christmas cards because they look amazing displayed on a mantlepiece (for the traditional) or side table (for everyone else!).

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Make your own Christmas Trinket Easel Card…

*** Measurements are in inches and suit Australian A4 cardstock.
If anyone has adaptations for US cardstock, I’d be happy to share.

*** Tutorial designed to go with pictures below

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card - with full instructions . Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

CARD FRONT

  1. Start with a piece of cardstock that is half A4 (longways) – 4-1/8″ x 11-5/8″ {Pool Party}
  2. Score at a quarter of the way (2-15/16″) and half way (5-7/8″) – fold & crease
  3. Mark the middle point along the fold and with your card front folded, punch a 1″ circle – roughly in the middle of the card front, along the fold
  4. Adhere a decorative panel to the bottom of the card front – I used Very Vanilla embossed with Petal Burst – 3-7/8″ x 2-13/16″
  5. Turn to the reverse side of the card front and re-punch the circle you made so the decorative panel doesn’t show through
  6. Stamp the swirl from Star of Light in Pool Party across the top panel of the card front and the Merry Christmas sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink.

STAR CENTRE

  1. Cut two solid stars from Mint Macaron cardstock (Starlight Framelits)
  2. Cut one large decorative star from Silver Foil cardstock (I use an adhesive backing sheet to make the sticking process easier)
  3. Adhere the silver foil star to one of the Mint Macaron stars
  4. Using the 3/4″ circle punch, cut a circle from the middle
  5. Line up both Mint Macaron stars and using the 3/4″ punch again, cut the middle from the second MM star in the same place
  6. Using the 1/8″ handheld punch, punch a little hole above the circle on the Mint Macaron/Silver star combination
  7. Thread twine (I used metallic gold) through your chosen Christmas Trinket, and then through the little hole so that your trinket hangs in the middle of the star
  8. Adhere the string to the back of the star (I used Fast Fuse) and cover with the second MM star
  9. Adhere the bottom portion of the star to the card front so that the two side points line up with the card front crease line

CARD INNER

  1. Adhere a piece of DSP to the inside of the card – I used Petals & Paisley – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″
  2. Stamp the ‘May your season be peaceful…” sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink on Very Vanilla cardstock
  3. Cut using the largest label from the Tags & Labels Framelits
  4. Adhere to a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock (2-1/8″ x 2-5/8″) and place rhinestones in each corner
  5. Adhere to the DSP (towards the bottom so it doesn’t show through the circle when the card is closed) with Stampin’ Dimensionals

Optional: add a piece of Very Vanilla to the back of the card as a writing panel (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″)


Thank you for joining me for this blog hop.  Next stop is the always inspirational Leonie Schroder.  Or hop backwards to see what Cathy Pinchbeck made.

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If you get lost at any point along the week, there’s a full list of participants below.

If you love what you see, please leave a comment – it’s so lovely to hear from the people that are visiting!

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Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Rachael Lewsley
  5. Cathy Pinchbeck
  6. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  7. Leonie Schroder
  8. Delys Cram
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Richelle Fletcher
  11. Barbara Williams
  12. PapillonPapercraft
  13. Kathryn Ruddick
  14. Michele Jutrisa
  15. Carolina Evans
  16. Liv Ingle
  17. Rochelle Blok
  18. Emily Campbell
  19. Samantha White
  20. Andrea Buckland
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Renee Lynch
  23. Peta Stephen
  24. Jackie Noble
  25. Alisa Tilsner

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Bronzed & Shining – Congrats to Joanne!

A huge congrats to Joanne this month who joined Stampin’ Up! in June and has already been promoted to Bronze Elite!

She’s a star!

Star of Light Copper Congrats Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I wanted to celebrate the occasion for her, so I made this copper (bronze) card using the new Star of Light stamp set and Starlight Thinlits.

Star of Light Copper Congrats Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

So pretty!  Copper foil, copper embossing folder, beautiful Star of Light swirl and silver Starlight star for contrast!


I also wanted to add a Stampin’ Up! touch to a little gift, so continuing with the copper (bronze) theme, I added a copper foil trim to this cute Typo letter.

Typo Letter with the Stampin' Up@ touch - Copper Foil trim! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It turned out so cute!  And I can’t wait to see it on Joanne’s desk, inspiring her each day to keep shining!

Typo Letter with the Stampin' Up@ touch - Copper Foil trim! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If she needs an extra little sparkle, it lights up!!!

Star of Light Copper Gift Set. Congrats card & Typo copper-trim letter. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


If you’d like to join us on our “Paper Adventure” (like our new team name?), we’d love to have you!

Joining Stampin’ Up! is a fabulous, risk-free opportunity that every crafter should try at least once 🙂  Want to know more?  Click here!!!

I’d love to create more bronze & silver gifts as we all take this adventure together!

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