Rustic Retreat & other retiring gems

When the annual catalogue gets released, there’s always products that form part of your maybe wishlist. Usually I put off buying them and regret it when I have the perfect idea for a stamp set or accessory that I don’t yet own! The ideal solution would be to buy the whole catalogue – but I haven’t been able to convince Mr Papercraft that’s a good idea (yet).

When the Last Chance Retirement List comes out, it can be a great opportunity to buy those products that you didn’t know you needed to have until they won’t be available anymore. Rustic Retreat was always on my list, but with the wintery imagery, it never quite made it into an order …. that is, until it appeared on the retirement list at an amazing 75% off retail price. That’s right – Rustic Retreat, with a pretty Happy Birthday sentiment, a gorgeous Christmas greeting and a great quote is in the online store for only $10.50.

This is the first card I made using Rustic Retreat when it arrived.

I’ve combined it with some other retiring favourites that I already own, and are my favourites that I’ll miss in the new catalogue. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of lovely new things to add to your wishlist. But, if you don’t own any of these on the list below, I recommend you add them to your order soon!

  • Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Neutrals DSP
  • Braided Linen Trim
  • 2020–2022 In Color Enamel Dots

I also used some annual catalogue products that have already sold out including Word of Good DSP, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder and Bumblebee Ribbon. The Tasteful Labels Dies are carrying over to the new annual catalogue.

You can order any current or retirement list item by visiting my online store.

If you’re impatient to get your hands on the upcoming annual catalogue products, you may like to join my Paper Adventures team and add items from the preorder list (including the 5 new In Colours) to your Starter Kit. Just $169 for $235 of your choice of products, free shipping and a 20% discount on everything you purchase between now and at least October 2021. You can also sell to family/friends or customers and earn yourself a commission to keep or invest in more Stampin’ Up! If you’d like to know more, please email, Facebook or Instagram me. If you’d like to jump right in and purchase a Starter Kit, please click here. (Note: this link will only work for Australian residents)

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope there is lots of craft and you still have Easter chocolate to munch on!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Sweet Strawberry

My gorgeous sister-in-law celebrated her birthday last week and one of the presents we got her was dehydrated strawberries. So, it seemed wonderfully fitting that I could make a strawberry card to go with it.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

I was able to earn the Berry Blessings DSP during Sale-A-Bration but didn’t get a good chance to use it. It works so well with the Sweet Strawberry stamp set – which we get to enjoy for some time yet, so I’m feeling lucky to have this in my stash.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

The stamp set coordinates with the Strawberry Builder Punch, which makes it oh-so-easy to make those cute little strawberries. I’ve stamped them in Real Red with Garden Green stalks. The leaves are Old Olive & Granny Apple Green and the flowers are Balmy Blue. The best part? The punch cuts out all of those cute pieces! No fussy cutting required!!!

The pleats on the front of the card are a bit of a give away that there’s more to this card. I have no idea what this fancy fold is called but it was fun to make. The card base was 10″ wide, scored at 1″, 3″, 7″ & 9″. The length is 5-7/8″.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

I love this fold for showing off the DSP! If you cut it right you can line up the patterns on each side to create a split panel.

The best way to keep this style of card together is using a belly band. I’ve jazzed it up with more DSP and a double layer of die cuts from the Tasteful Labels Dies.

Sweet Strawberry | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set in Night of Navy. I don’t often use black for sentiments – the darker classic tones work so well for a bold & smooth finish.

If you also have some Berry Blessings DSP but haven’t yet bought the Sweet Strawberry stamp set, let me enable you to *NEED* it! At $55.75 for both the stamp set and punch, it’s one of the best value combinations in the catalogue!

Shop online in my Stampin’ Up! store by clicking here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Tasteful Touches

Hello! Happy Monday (or Sunday if you are reading this when it first posts in a different time zone). I love hopping with my Stamp Review Crew friends. We’re shining the spotlight on a crew members over the coming months on the main Stamp Review Crew blog, starting with the gorgeous Charlet Mallett. To learn more about Charlet, visit the SRC blog.

Today’s hop features the Tasteful Touches stamp set and coordinating Tasteful Labels Dies.

I must confess, the dies are part of my usual rotation but it’s been a while since I pulled out the stamp set. It’s lovely to be reminded of all the great stamp sets in the Annual Catalogue. Some of these will retire at the beginning of May – I wonder which ones?!

I was drawn to the feather in this stamp set which was perfect for the card I wanted to make with my Paper Adventures team at our demonstrator class last week. We hold these once a month and it’s a great chance to get together and do what we love – stamp!

I wanted to use the Gilded Leafing on this card. We played with it a little at previous class, but it was time to step up the uses. As well as applying with Versamark and Heat & Stick Powder, the leafing will stick to any adhesive. We used it with double sided tape. The bottom layer of the card is just a touch bigger than the top layer. We applied tape along the very edge. The tape is 6mm wide and perfect to make it seem like the whole bottom layer is gilded.

Gilded Leaf | kelly kent

The top layer of the card also features gliding. We stamped feathers from the Tasteful Touches stamp set in Blushing Bride and then added more feathers from the Positive Thoughts stamp set in Versamark which we gilded using the heat and stick method.

The final layer of this card was a cluster with a sentiment, ribbon and two more of the labels from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I love the mix of border ridges and stitched edges on the dies.

By perfect serendipity (or clever design) the Blushing Bride ribbon in the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue has a gold shimmer though it. I’ve paired it with an Annual Catalogue favourite – the Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon. At this time of the year with a new catalogue starting in May, you start to wonder which items we’ll see again. I really hope both of these ribbons make it!

Time will tell if the Tasteful Textures bundle will stick around for another year in the Annual Catalogue. One thing we do know is that returning products are almost never included as a bundle which means that great 10% discount you get for buying the stamp set and dies at the same time in a bundle is no longer available. So, if this set is on your wish list, you’ll want to buy it soon!

Thanks for hopping with me today. Next up please visit the wonderful design talent of Stesha Bloodhart. To see all the projects made by the Crew for the hop, click here to visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Just Add Ink #539 | Choose Two

After a fabulous blog hop earlier in the month, we are back to the regular cycle of Just Add Ink challenges. Today’s “Choose Two” challenge, selected by Di, gives you frames, banners and bow to choose from. Honestly, I could have crafted with all three of these!!!

I made two cards for this theme, with very similar layouts. As soon as I started thinking about this Choose Two challenge, it all came together quite easily. I’ve used the Stitched Rectangle Dies frame as a border for my card and added Banner Pick a Punch banners to the top left corner. I love both of these elements and it’s a layout I regularly pull out. I had to stop myself from adding a bow to the banner!!!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

This was my first play with the Kangaroo & Company stamp set and the coordinating Kangaroo Dies. Can I just say – I’m in love! The kangaroo stamps so beautifully and is so easy to colour. The extra pieces are the perfect size and provide great accessories for the sweet kangaroo. And everything you can stamp can be cut out with the Kangaroo Dies!

HELLO BABY

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

This card has the baby kangaroo in the Mumma’s pouch. When you die cut the big kangaroo, it cuts across the top of the pouch so you can slide the builder pieces in there. So cool!!! You can also add a message to the tag that slides in and out but I’ve left it plain and just have the novelty of the baby jumping out for some fun!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The DSP for these creations is the Hydrangea Hill DSP. It’s so pretty! It helps that the colours are some of my favourites to craft with! The hello baby card has tones of Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride, with a Crumb Cake coloured kanga. The sentiment was cut using a heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.

JUST HOPPING BY

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The second card uses more of the Hydrangea Hill DSP – this time in blue & purple tones with a Smoky Slate kangaroo.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The pouch is covered by the pretty floral bouquet coloured in Highland Heather, Seaside Spray and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment on this card was cut using a starburst style circle die from the Tasteful Label Dies.


Do you have a favourite layout that you love to return to? Sometimes a good layout is all you need to start that creative process and get you on the way to a gorgeous card!

To see more of the design team’s projects for this challenge, jump on over to the Just Add Ink blog. You can also join the challenge there and share your “Choose Two” project on our gallery.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Banners

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures Team Hop.  The theme today is banners and we welcome my gorgeous friend, and fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Melissa Gifford as our guest designer.  I can’t wait for you to hop around and see what banner styles everyone has used!

I made this card a little while ago for a gorgeous new baby. Don’t you just love the name???

Banners | kelly kent

It was made to coordinate with the gift – a personalised towel embroidered by local company Dalyellup Designs.

Banners | kelly kent

Sticking to my mantra this year to let my creativity not be limited by current vs retired, this card features a mix of things you can find in the current Stampin’ Up! catalogues and products from the archives.

The banner die and awesome lettering are both from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’m sure you’d believe me when I share that I bought the Tasteful Labels Dies just for that stitched banner – it was an instant crush!  The letters with the Foam Adhesive Sheets for extra pop are from the Playful Alphabet Dies – one of the must haves from the catalogue.  The embossing folder is a new pattern from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue – Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders (skinny duo combo packs).

Banners | kelly kent

On the retired side we have a super cute giraffe from the Zoo Babies stamp set,  darling baby sentiment from the Fable Friends stamp set, Whisper White Baker’s Twine and Dressed to Impress DSP.  No point in keeping favourites if you’re not going to use them -right!?!

Banners | kelly kent

I really loved this design so I made a “BABY” version using yellow tones.

Banners | kelly kent

The congrats sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set.


If you don’t already have the Playful Alphabet Dies, Foam Adhesive Sheets and Tasteful Labels Dies, you can purchase them in my online store – click here to visit.

For more great projects and I’m sure more temptation for the wishlist, please keep hopping and visit Melissa Gifford, our guest designer.

A Miss Papercraft Birthday | Frozen Again!

It’s hard to believe that the first Frozen movie was released in 2013 and Disney’s ice empire has been a family favourite for almost 7 years!

Little Miss Papercraft had a first birthday extravaganza with a Frozen theme in 2014 (see the decor fun here).  Fast forward 6 years and we did it all again today!

There’s some wonderful snow themed products coming up in the new Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue, which I had the pleasure of pre-ordering this month.  This catalogue is available to customers from 4th August 2020.  My regular customers will receive their copy of the catalogue this week.  If you need a copy of the Australian catalogue and don’t have a demonstrator, please let me know via email or Facebook.

Using a combination of new product, Annual Catalogue favourites and retired gems, this is the Frozen inspired birthday card I designed for Miss Papercraft.

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the retired Magical Mermaid stamp set and the card base is also a retired favourite – Blueberry Bushel.

When you wind up the snowflake in the middle, it spins around…

This is the reverse side of the snowflake…

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

The Snowflake Splendor DSP is new – you’ll find it in the upcoming Aug-Dec Mini Catty.  I’ve embellished it with Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems (also new) and Basic Rhinestone Jewels.

I already had snowflake dies, which are long retired, but kept in my stash for Frozen like occasions.  Although, I was super tempted by the gorgeous Snowflake Wishes bundle in the upcoming mini.

I did invest in some Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper – it’s nice to have some sparkle again after Stampin’ Up! retired the previous colour range of glimmer paper.

To make a spinner card you’ll need the Layering Circles Dies and twine to adhere the spinning element.  I used the Night of Navy, white & silver twine from the Flowers for Every Season Combo Pack.

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

The card was personalised with the birthday girl’s name in blue glimmer.  I used the Playful Alphabet Dies for these letters, and also the ‘7’ on the spinning element.  The inside layer was textured using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and the labels for the card (the name panel and the circles on the spinning snowflakes) are from the Tasteful Labels Dies.

I added the writing panel for this card to the back of the fold, so I could write a full message without worrying it would be seen through the spinner hole.

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

Did you spy the party favour bags in the background of the card photos?  I used the snowflake die (retired) in blue glimmer with a new stamp from the Warm Hugs stamp set.  (Given Olaf from Frozen enjoys warm hugs, this coincidence made me smile!).  I teased apart the same twine used on the cards for a thinner (and differently coloured) version to attach them to the bags.

Warm Hugs | kelly kent

I had a total fail on the coordinating wrapping paper for the theme, but couldn’t go past this pink unicorn roll from Kmart!

Frozen Spinner Card | kelly kent

Here’s a picture of the birthday girl looking beautiful with her Frozen inspired face paint.  If you live in the Bunbury area and need a face painter, contact Shelle’s Fancy Face Painting – she was amazing!  Click here to visit her Facebook page.  She also does school holiday workshops and other awesomely creative things!

Images © kelly kent

The girls got to choose their design – each one with a super cute bling cluster to make them feel like the princesses they are!   I couldn’t bear to make Miss Papercraft wash her face before bed tonight!!!

Happy birthday to our gorgeous 7 year old!!!!  May your adventures of the next year be ‘cool’ and ‘royal’!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com