For the Love of Sharing | Bunnings Bricks

Did you know that Bunnings – Australia’s favourite hardware store – sells block building kits to create some iconic designs. You can build your own playground, cafe, forklift, truck, warehouse and mini trolley!

We visited the Bunnings warehouse & cafe yesterday, played on the playground and pushed around a mini trolley. Check out my cute coffee cup – this design would make a fantastic DSP!!!

The block sets make great gifts for little tradies who aren’t big enough to build with real bricks yet. A great gift needs a fun card to go with it – so this is what I created using a range of my supplies including a few retired favourites.

The bricks are from a set I have kept for many years and used over & over – the Boys Will Be Boys stamp set. The “3” is from the Large Numbers Dies (always a keeper) and the circle is the Starburst Punch.

In the catalogue, you’ll find the happy birthday in the “A Grand Kid” stamp set, the bricks using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and the star from the Stitched Stars Dies. The colours for the card are classic Bunnings – Real Red and Garden Green with some Crumb Cake & Basic White in the mix.

I love the range of Bunnings blocks but I’m sure the regulars are all asking the same question as me – where’s the sausage sizzle???

Social Stamping | Subway Style

It’s Social Stamping again tomorrow morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe. I hope you can join me from 9.30am – 11am. We’ll be making two cards and this is a sneak peek of one of the options.

I’ve used my top pick from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue – the Biggest Wish stamp set. It has two styles – a large block font and a script font of 5 words. And if I had to choose 5 words only for a sentiment only stamp set, these are the ones I would choose. I’ll be using this stamp set all year long!!!

This card was designed with a teen boy in mind, so I’ve kept the colours fun but neutral and opted for stitched stars as the embellishment. The card base is Pear Pizzaz with Basic Grey & Smoky Slate for the greys and Misty Moonlight, Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue and more Pear Pizzazz for the stars.

The block style of the text when stamped in the background reminds me of a subway style of design. Perfect for keeping the design geometric and bold. The Brick & Mortar embossing complements the look I wanted for the card so well.

The stamp set for the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment is from the Brushed Blooms stamp set. It was a great option for a smaller version of the birthday greeting to finish the card.

I made two options as samples for tomorrow. I always encourage the stampers to use the pieces and create their own variation of unique design by changing the style or layout of the card.

Do you prefer the angles of the first or the straight lines of the second???

I’d love to stamp with you tomorrow. If you’re definitely able to make, please RSVP so I can hold a kit for you.

See you soon!

2021 | Come at me!

Hello 2021! Here we are, embarking on another year! As we travel the road (or gauntlet) that is 2021, we will discover what adventures this year has in store for us. I am choosing a year of positivity, creativity and happiness.

Our new years celebrations were quiet last night so after a small sleep in this morning, it was pancakes for breakfast and then some lovely time tinkering in the craft room while Mr Papercraft & the Mini Papercrafts packed away Christmas. This was the result of some time in my happy space.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

The Jan-June 2021 catalogue starts soon (Tuesday 5th Jan) and one of the new products you’ll find between the covers of this gorgeous catalogue is Gilded Leafing Embellishment. It’s an enormous container of gold leaf ready to add to your crafting projects.

The easiest way to apply the gold leaf is with Versamark ink and Heat & Stick powder – both available in my online store from 5th Jan. I went a little more fancy with my happy new year sentiment – using Whisper White cardstock, Foam Adhesive Sheets, Playful Alphabet Dies, ink applied to the bottom 2/3 of the letters with Sponge Daubers and then gold gilding on the bottom half. I cut the letters on the foam adhesive but left them in the negative while I added ink and gilding. This made it easier to work with the small die cuts.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

To add the gold leaf to your project, simply apply Versamark ink (I pushed the letters onto the ink pad) and then add Heat & Stick powder. Melt this with your Heat Tool to activate then using tweezers, press gold leaf onto the sticky parts. Leave to dry for a couple of minutes then brush off with a dry paintbrush or Aqua Painter.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

Other products I’ve used to make this card –

  • Stitched Stars Dies
  • Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder
  • Fine Art Floral DSP (available 5th Jan)
  • Ink: Rococo Rose, Bumblebee, Rich Razzleberry (to coordinate with colours coming through in the DSP)
  • Adhesive Sheets

New catalogue products can be ordered online from 5th Jan 2021.

Wishing you all the happiness, success and love that 2021 has to offer. Here’s to a wonderful year for us all!

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kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Twas the Week Before Christmas | most wonderful time of the year

If you’ve seen my other Christmas posts, you’ll see that my Christmas style is varied and although there’s some red & green in there, my favourite Christmas creations are usually of the non-traditional colour combination kind.

Here’s some of the colourful fun of Christmas 2020….

Today I’m adding this sweet card with pastel tones to the collection.

Most Wonderful Time of the Year | kelly kent

It uses a combination of products you’ll find in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue including

  • Tree Angle stamp set
  • Wrapped in Christmas stamp set
  • Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders
Most Wonderful Time of the Year | kelly kent

You’ll also find some Annual Catalgoue items

  • Stitched Triangles Dies
  • Stitched Stars Dies
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • Classic Label Punch
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Gold Foil
  • Vellum
  • Coloured cardstock: Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride
  • Inks: Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy
Most Wonderful Time of the Year | kelly kent

This design could be changed up and made in Christmas traditionals – or any of your favourite colours! You could also swap out the stamps and use whatever you have in your collection to create your trees and a favourite Christmas sentiment.

You are most welcome to copy any of my designs in their exact form. Or, start with this and see where the creative journey takes you!

Two more sleeps! Are you still making Christmas cards & gifts or are you all done? My Christmas crafting has been never ending cycle of thinking I’m done and then having another idea for something I “have to make”!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

ESAD Blog Hop | Goodbye Aug-Dec 2020 Mini

Hello! Welcome to a hop with my ESAD friends. ESAD is an online community of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who live in Australia & New Zealand. It’s a pleasure to hang out with them online today!

The theme for today’s hop is “Goodbye Mini Catalogue”. The holiday catalogue started in August will run through until 4th January (or until stocks last). If there’s anything on your list that you haven’t yet ordered, you’ll want to contact your demonstrator ASAP to get it done, or you may not get the chance!

Now, let us add a few more things to your list that you didn’t know you needed!

I’m sharing a couple of projects I’ve made using Festive Felt. You might have overlooked this on page 29 of the catalogue, hiding in the top corner but let me show you how awesome it is! Thin enough to cut with dies but durable enough to create a cute embellishment for your projects, this is a great way to add texture.

Festive Felt | kelly kent

The felt comes in 4 colours – Early Espresso, Just Jade, Real Red & Whisper White.

For the first card, I used the felt to make circles that are slightly larger than 1″ using a die from the Layering Circles Dies set. I arranged these on a Crumb Cake mat, layered with Whisper White cardstock and then on a Crumb Cake base.

Festive Felt | kelly kent

The felt is so amazing to use. It cuts through dies beautifully – including the intricate reindeer die from the Snow Globe Scenes Dies set. I’ve left this card sentiment free to let the felt be the focus!

Festive Felt | kelly kent

The second card uses the felt and the Stitched Stars Dies.

Festive Felt | kelly kent

The styling of this card is very similar to the first one but has a sentiment from the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set – another gorgeous find in the mini catalogue. I stamped and then embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

Festive Felt | kelly kent

The felt retained the pieces from the detailed die which made for a pretty effect! You can also see the stitching on the red & white dies. The final touch is some Basic Pearl Jewels.

If you can cut it with a die, then you can make your own felt embellishments! The felt doesn’t work with punches, but you can cut with scissors or a guillotine style trimmer.

Ready for more projects? Keep hopping and visit another WA demo – the lovely Odette Kermode

Thanks for joining us! The full list of participants is below – make sure to visit as many as you can!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List

  1. Nicole Wilson
  2. Denise Buetler
  3. Cheryl Algie
  4. Narelle Fasulo
  5. Lou Kitzelman
  6. Libby Dyson
  7. Melissa Gifford
  8. Leonie Schroder
  9. Sue Vine
  10. Monique Fielder
  11. Shannon Kissane
  12. Maree McIntosh
  13. Kelly Kent
  14. Odette Kermode

Stamp Review Crew | Perfectly Plaid

Hello! There’s 5 Mondays in November this year, which means a bonus hop for Stamp Review Crew. The specially chosen extra set is a Christmas set from the Annual Catalogue – Perfectly Plaid. Did you spy the Christmas sets hiding out in our year long catalogue?

I’ve made two cards to share with you today.

The first is one that we are making at Social Stamping this morning (starting in just a few moments). Here’s the sneak peak if you are reading this before you come!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

It looks like a Santa Suit with buttons from the All Dressed Up Dies. The belly band – his belt – is removable…

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

And when it opens up, it’s both a card and a gift card holder.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I’ve used the sentiments from the Perfectly Plaid stamp – ‘ho ho ho’ is just perfect for Santa! And a Merry Christmas on the inside.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

For the second card, I couldn’t resist using my favourite tree image from the set. There’s three to choose from, and I just think this one is so sweet!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The colours and layout were inspired by the leafy hearts of the first hop of this month. You can see the rainbow leaf hearts by clicking here. The colours are: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay & Gorgeous Grape.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The trees were so easy to line up using the Stamparatus – and the hinge stamping means you get even spacing between the trees. This tree stamp in the set comes with a coordinating stamp that fills in the leaves of the tree – making it easy to add the pops of colour.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I added matching stars to the top (die cut using the smallest star die from the Stitched Stars set) as the finishing touch. It’s purposefully sentiment free, though I am still tempted to add a sentiment from a different set as the ones in the Perfectly Plaid stamp set don’t suit the vision I have for the card. Do you ever mix & match images & sentiments from different sets? It’s a great way to extend the style of a stamp set and give it new life.

Next stop on this international hop is the fun stylings of Mike Funke in the US.

Thanks for hopping with us today. If you need any supplies for your Christmas crafting, be sure to visit stampinup.com.au. If you already have a demonstrator, please shop with them. If you live in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator, you can add me as yours in the online store by searching for ‘Kelly Kent’ in the “select a demonstrator to shop with” field.

You can always message me on Facebook or Instagram with any questions you have or email me by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Curvy Celebrations | Coming soon

It’s become tradition for Stampin’ Up! to share an early release with us from the upcoming mini catalogue. From 3rd November 2020, customers will be able to order products from the Curvy Celebrations suite.

But wait, there’s something special about the 2020 release – they’ve upped the ante! As well as letting us order the Curvy Celebrations stamp set a whole 2 months early, they have also released limited edition Christmas products that coordinate with the Curvy Dies.

154319QUITE CURVY BUNDLE
Includes the Quite Curvy Photopolymer Stamp Set and Curvy Dies
$72 AUD
155364CURVY CHRISTMAS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET
Exclusive stamp set
$37 AUD
155969CLASSIC CHRISTMAS 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Exclusive Designer Series Paper; 
$20 AUD
158396QUITE CURVY VARIETY BUNDLE
Includes the Quite Curvy Bundle, the Curvy Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set, and the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper at a 10% discount.
$123.25 AUD

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is being able to pre-order these releases even earlier than early – and at a discount! If you’d like that kind of special treatment, join my Paper Adventures Team. Click here to purchase your $169 Starter Kit ($235 of your choice of products with free shipping) and enjoy a 20% discount until at least April 2021. It’s the perfect time to join and get all your Christmas crafting needs at a fabulous price. As well as the discount and perks you’ll find yourself part of a wonderful group of stampers – new friends and a place to hang out online? Yes please!


Here’s what I made with the Curvy Christmas stamp set and Curvy Dies once they hit WA shores.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

I’m still in a blue phase, so it’s a Night of Navy, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight trio with silver highlights.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

I’ve combined the stars from the curvy stamp with the Stitched Stars Dies. As always, the new products coordinate perfectly with things you’ve already got in your craft room.

Curvy Christmas | kelly kent

The detail and curve of these dies is so pretty. I love how the sentiments are made to follow the curve as well!

I know you’re going to fall in love with this bundle. Just two more sleeps and it will all be available in my online store. Click here to shop.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #483 | Choose Two

Hello?  How are you?  I hope you’ve been enjoying all the post OnStage sharing from the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator community.  I was lucky enough to attend the Perth event in Western Australia – about 2 hours from where I live.  There were great presentations from local & international demonstrators, fabulous sneak peeks at the new products coming in January and a fun day to catch up with friends.

This is my extended Paper Adventures team including my direct team, by upline & sidelines and a couple of local ladies we have adopted to share the fun with us.  Don’t the smiles say it all!

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There’s also room in the team for more bodies, so if joining our Paper Adventures team ever seems like the right fit for you, please let me know!


I also got a chance to hug, squeeze and laugh with the Just Add Ink girls from WA – Rachael Lewsley, Jackie Aitken and Chantell Randall.

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I always feel so lucky to be included in this group of creative & inspiring ladies.  Two of our Just Add Ink teamies were selected on the Artisan Design Team for 2020!!!  Congrats to Rochelle Block & Narelle Farrugia!

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Time to share a project for this week!  The theme is one of my favourites – Choose Two.  Your choice is Stars-Spots-Sparkle.

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My cards, which were a recent class card option, feature a star from the Stitched Stars Dies, stars on the Brightly Gleaming DSP and sparkle from the Copper Foil, copper embossing powder, copper accent through the DSP and sneak peek Champagne Rhinestones (available in 2020).

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

The fancy fold, commonly referred to as a Double Curtain Fold uses a 5-1/2″ x 10″ piece of DSP folded to create beautiful layers.  I adjusted the measurements slightly for an A5 size card, but used the tutorial provided by Buffy Cooper.  Click here to visit.

Score at 1″, 1-12″, 2-1/2″, 3″, 4″ & 4-1/2″ from each edge on the long side.  Mark at 2-1/4 from each short edge corner and then cut (you may like to mark this line first with a pencil) from one each mark to the edge at the 4-1/2″ score line.

This is my slightly crumpled (thanks Little Mr Papercraft for your help) template to show you what the DSP should look like before you trim the corners and fold into place.

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

I adhered with Tear & Tape to keep it all together, then used more T&T to attach it to the background (Very Vanilla cardstock embossed with the Hammered Metal embossing folder).

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

The card base is also Very Vanilla (Thick Cardstock).  It’s not a colour I work with often, but it matched this DSP so beautifully.  Class attendees had a choice between a Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy (not pictured) or Old Olive option – to coordinate with the Brightly Gleaming DSP.

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

Although we haven’t seen the official carryover list from the Holiday Catalogue, I can share with you that the Stitched Stars appear with a new coordinating stamp set in the January-June 2020 catalogue that we got at OnStage.  This makes me very happy!!!  There’s nothing better than a little (or lot) stitched detail on a card.

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

The sentiment from this set is from the beautiful Greatest Part of Christmas stamp set available in the Holiday Catalogue using Stampin’ Rewards.


To join in with our Stars-Spots-Sparkle challenge, add your card to our gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also see the rest of the design team cards.

Have a great crafty weekend,

Just Add Ink #479 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  Welcome to Just Add Ink challenge #479.  The theme for this hop is a fresh & cute colour combination…

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The weather is just starting to warm up here in the south west of Australia.  I’m predicting almost perfect weekend weather with warm sunshine and lots of time for Team Kent to play outdoors.  I feel a beach day coming!!!

I love it when white is specific included in a colour challenge – it’s a great excuse to use lots of white space with a pop of colour.  I’ve created a baroque style white on white background using the star flourish die from the Stitched Stars Dies in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.  Although the cutting takes a little time (I think I used 6 or 7 star flourishes to create the background), it’s made so much easier by using adhesive sheet or tape on the back of the cardstock before you cut it with the die.Stitched Stars | kelly kent

You’ll see this isn’t a Christmas card!   Even if you don’t plan to make starry Christmas cards this year, buy these stars dies for your forever collection – you can’t go wrong!  They are perfect for so many occasions!

Stitched Stars | kelly kent

The birthday sentiment is from the I Say Hello stamp set.  I love a no fuss birthday stamp!  It fits the Classic Label punch perfectly with room to snips the pointy ends off for a rectangle finish.

Stitched Stars | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting today!  We’ve love to have you join our challenge.  Click on the banner below to visit the Just Add Ink blog, see the rest of the design team cards and upload your own card to the challenge.

Have a great weekend – hope the weather is also amazing wherever you are!

InKing Royalty Blog Hop | Spooky

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop!  You’ve landed with Kelly Kent in the South West of Australia – and I’m very honoured that Brian King asked me to join his team hop as the guest designer for October.

A little background about the InKing Royalty’s hops…

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPOOKY. With Halloween just around the corner, we are excited to share our spooky, fun projects with our neighbors, coworkers and family – and we’re excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


Halloween isn’t so big here in Australia. It’s catching on and I know our suburb will be filled with little witches, gremlins, ghosts and other spooky characters going trick & treating at the end of October, but it’s not as common to give cards or gifts with a Halloween theme.  When Brian asked if I could make something ‘spooky’ I had to think out of the box.  With little in the way of specific Halloween sets in my craft stash, I set to wondering what I had in a non-Halloween set that could be turned into a spooktacular creation.

A flash of inspiration saw the Snow Globe Shaker dome turn into a witches cauldron!

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

I used the die set to cut an upside down snow globe from a piece of Brightly Gleaming DSP.  I then cut the same shape from Copper Foil and using my snips, cut around the edge to create a border.  Add in a couple of 1/2″ circles for the cauldron base and the basic design was formed!

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The background of the shaker was sponged on Shimmery White using glycerine mixed with reinkers for a smooth blend.  The ink colours are Night of Navy, Smoky Slate & Seaside Spray.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

I’ve added some bubble, bubble, toil & trouble coming out of my cauldron with Black Glittery Organdy Ribbon.  The shaker pieces in the card are stars from the Stitched Stars Dies, Stars Border Punch (retired) and Metallics Sequins (retired).

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The cauldron is mounted on a Basic Gray layer and then on a Smoky Slate card base embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The finishing touch was a cute little Halloween sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set – I love having all those sentiments ready for practically every occasion, including Halloween!


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanks again to Brian and his talented team for having me along – it’s been fun to create something for a different occasion!


If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Kelly Kent at My Papercraft Journey
  6. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach