Paper Adventures Team Hop | Goodbyes

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Wow – this week I feel like I’ve raced into Friday in a full tail spin.  But, we made it!  It’s been a hectic week here at Papercraft HQ with lots of school activities including Mother’s Day afternoon tea, swimming lessons and parent-teacher interviews.  Bring on the weekend!

What a fabulous way to start the weekend – with a Paper Adventures team hop.  We welcome Teneale Williams as our guest designer.  Not only is Teneale amazingly talented, she’s also one of the nicest (and most humble) people I know.  It’s also a big hello to Sheila Pybus – Sheila usually joins in hops via her Facebook page but has this month made the leap to starting a blog!  Such an amazing achievement!

The theme for the hop this month is Goodbyes.  Although this theme could be interpreted in a number of ways, I’ve chosen to do the predictable thing and share a project with lots of items from the Last Chance Retirement List as we spend May saying goodbye to some amazing products from the Annual & Occasions Catalogues.

I’ve made a duo of baby cards – since if I make one in blue, I seem to need to make one in pink too!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

These card feature the Sweet Baby bundle &  Twinkle Twinkle DSP from the Annual Catalogue – all on the retirement list.

The blue card uses Pool Party cardstock.  Apart from the 2017-2019 In Colors, all colours in the colour families are staying for the foreseeable future.  Colour refreshes / revamps only happen every 5 or so years, so we’ll be enjoying the core colours for quite some time with some new In Colors to mix it up every year.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The pink version is Petal Pink.  Although Blushing Bride is my go-to pink (until I get my hands on the new Rococo Rose colour!!!), I always match card colours with the DSP.  Twinkle Twinkle features Pool Party, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Night of Navy & Whisper White.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

I’ve also used some products are that not on the retirement list.  We’ll be seeing the Rectangle Stitched Dies and Well Written Dies in the upcoming annual catalogue (phew!).

I’ve layered the word die (baby) 4 times using Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of the cardstock prior to cutting.  I’m a no mess kind of girl, so sticky stuff on the back really suits me.  Stampin’ Up! have discontinued their adhesive sheets but you’ll be able to find a similar product in other brands – or you can use strips of Tear & Tape.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The Rectangle Stitched Dies make it so easy to make a shaker card.  All the hard work in done for you with an amazing stitched edge and perfectly sized border.  Simply cut using 2 Stitched Rectangles (two sizes apart) and then back with Window Sheet.  Add Foam Adhesive Strip to the back side and adhere to your card front, filling with shaker pieces before you stick it down.

My shaker pieces are made using the Twinkle Builder punch (on the carryover list) and two retired punches – Heart Border and Star Border.  Retired does not mean no longer useful.  I hold on to lots of favourites!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

Shaker cards are perfect to add a bit of special to a card – and there’s nothing more special than a new baby coming into the world!


Next up on our team hop, saying her Goodbyes is our guest designer, Teneale Williams.

Thanks for joining us for this month’s hop!

For all your retirement list needs, visit my online store (product links for this project below).  Click here to browse the online store.

 

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CASEing the Catty #223 | Classic Garage

These CASEing the Catty blog hops seem to roll around so quickly each week!  Stop the world, I just wanna hide in my craft room!!!

Little Mr Papercraft and the busy Miss Papercrafts are keeping me very busy, so it’s snippets of time when I can manage them!  I still love making for challenges – they are usually my favourite projects of the month.

This week for CASEing the Catty, we’re inspired by the Classic Garage suite and subsequent pages of the catalogue.

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I do love the Classic Garage cards, but I couldn’t go past this gorgeous card (bottom left) on page 46 as the inspiration for my CASE.

I love the styling for this card – the repeated background stamping with an image over the top.  Using these features, I’ve recreated the card as a baby card….

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

How to make it –

  • Prepare your card base by cutting a piece of Whisper White Thick A4 cardstock in half lengthways.  Score & fold.
  • Add a piece of Twinkle Twinkle DSP (Gray Granite star design) – whole card front size (4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″).
  • On a piece of Whipser White cardstock (3-3/8″ x 5-7/8″), stamp the “it’s a girl” sentiment in Blushing Bride – first in full strength then again without inking (half strength).  Keep doing this until you have enough stamped images.
  • Add Blushing Bride ink using the smooshing technique (ink on a plastic envelope/sheet spritzed with water and applied to the cardstock).  Set this aside to dry.
  • Stamp the baby from the Sweet Baby stamp set in Memento ink.  Cut using the Bouncing Baby Framelits and colour using Stampin’ Blends (Dark Pink Pirouette (retired), Dark Flirty Flamingo, Ivory, Light Crumb Cake, Light Smoky Slate).
  • Stamp the congratulations sentiment from the Little Elephant stamp set on vellum in StazOn.  Cut around the words in a rectangle shape using Paper Snips.  I added second layer of vellum under the sentiment for more depth.  Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue on a sponge, glue the two layers of vellum together, and both layers on the baby.
  • Adhere the  ‘it’s a girl’ panel to the card base and then add the baby with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finish the card with Blushing Bride stars cut using the Twinkle Builder punch.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

This card was so cute I decided to make a blue ‘it’s a boy’ version too!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Pool Party ink, cardstock & Blends and Bermuda Bay Blends.

This is another card layout I know I’m going to get lots of use from!   I’m dreaming up a birthday one as I type!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

If you’re dreaming of cards too, please join us for the CASEing the Catty challenge – find us here on Facebook.

For more Classic Garage inspiration and other great cards from this section of the Occasions catalogue, keep hopping!

Next blog to visit is the gorgeous Lauren Meiklejohn.

Thanks for joining us!


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My 2018 Project…

2018 has been a big year for the Papercraft family.

Mr Papercraft & I made the big decision to add another mini Papercrafter to our family.  After 2 very uneventful pregnancies with the Miss Papercrafts, this one was different from the beginning.  January (and beyond) was a blur of nausea and tiredness!  I’ve never spent so much time on the couch!  It meant there was very little time left for stamping!

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Baby Kent was still a little bit of a secret at OnStage in April, but just starting to show at some angles.

A true stamping addict, I managed to struggle through and keep up with my usual blog & design team commitments until July when I ended up on bed rest.  As I enjoyed the hospitality of three different hospitals and spent weeks away from home & family, my blog went unexpectedly quiet.  I missed my family, my craft space and my own bed!!!

After all the pregnancy drama, it made sense that baby Kent #3 was a BOY!

Meet baby Little Mr Papercraft – Finley.  Born 4 weeks early, but just perfect!

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He’s a delight, everyone is besotted and we are enjoying being a family of 5.


You know they say it takes a community to raise a child?  Well, it felt like it took a community to get Finn here!   I am so grateful to have an amazing family who kept it all together while I was away and fabulous friends who visited me, brought me food & gifts and checked on me during the ups & downs.  I am blessed to have the tribe I do!

I wanted to send some thank you cards to some special people who really made a difference to my happiness.  It’s been nice to spend some time at the craft table between feeding the little man (I’m once again back to a larger than usual amount of time on the couch!).

The Sweet Baby bundle has the cutest stamps & dies – perfect for all types of baby cards.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

How cute is that bouncing baby boy!  And matching accessories (I just love the bear hat!).  So easy to colour using Stampin’ Blends.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The Twinkle Twinkle DSP from the Annual Catalogue is designed for all things baby – girls or boys.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

Despite the time in hospital, the emotional rollercoaster and the need to drop ‘life’ for a while (including my beloved Stampin’ Up!), we are so happy to have Finley with us.

I have no set plans for blogging in 2018.  Most of my focus will be enjoying our new little man, focusing on the Miss Papercrafts and crafting for pleasure when I have time.  I’ve taken leave from all my design team commitments for the foreseeable future and will return when I feel it’s the right time.  There will be posts, but they’ll be when I have time with projects I’d like to share.

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Just one more photo to finish – Finn and his very proud big sisters!

mypapercraftjourney.com | kelly kent


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