Twas the Week Before Christmas | Team Gifts

Hello! It’s been a very quiet blogging month for me. Behind the scenes I’ve been spending almost every night crafting up a storm, which has left very little time to share those projects with you. Blogging is a delicate balance – too much time spent photographing, editing, watermarking, uploading and writing posts means too little time spent making!!!

The balance is important here at Papercraft HQ. My time is always a juggle between mummy duties, paid work (I’m a paediatric Speech Pathologist) and having a social life of my own! I don’t think I always got it right in 2020, but on reflection, its been a year full of lots of amazing, so I can’t complain!

To catch up on what I’ve been up to, I’m aiming to share a project a day with you for the rest of 2020. The week it’s all about Christmas. If you’re a deadline crafter like me, then you may still have some cards to make in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re all done and dusted on Christmas crafting for 2020, then make sure to save your favourites to Pinterest for next year’s creative endeavours!

Today’s project to share is my team gifts for 2020. This year our team celebrated twice – a lunch in Mandurah (the half way point between our Perth & Bunbury teamies) and a lunch and team class in Bunbury.

The concept for the jars started as a ‘motivation pot’. I wanted the team to have something on their desk that they could dip into when they were feeling a little low on crafty mojo. What better way to inspire creativity than a little sugar?

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

I also stamped and added some positive sayings from a beautiful Uniquely Creative set I was gifted by a friend. If sugar doesn’t do the trick, then hopefully some words of affirmation help to get those creative juices flowing again!

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

The jars for the project were from Kmart. The rainbow was the inspiration for the accompanying tag – and has become my motif for this Christmas. It was drawn freehand with the brush end of Stampin’ Blends, which means I can create it in any colour and match it to the project or wrapping. The stamps are from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set (a little christmas wish), Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (heart) and my name is from a personalised stamp I own. I’ve been using Night of Navy and other dark inks lots this festive season an an alternative to black. They stamp so nice and bold!

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

The saying on the top resonated with me and I hope with the team too. I’m a big believer in the philosophy of our actions and reactions being a choice. I choose kind as my action and positive as my reaction and outlook. I’m looking forward to reading a book recommended by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass called Adversity is the Way by Ryan Holiday (some good “holiday” reading – pun intended!!!).

Team Gifts 2020 | kelly kent

Lucky for me our team is wonderful and so supportive of each other in both our creative endeavours and everyday life.

There’s always room for more on our Paper Adventures team, so if you love stamping, we’d love to have you join us and craft the live you love. Click here to purchase your Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit and join us!

Have a great week! Christmas countdown is on!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

OnStage@Home | Nov 2020 Recap

In the true style of 2020, our Novemeber OnStage experience was different to the celebrations of previous years. This event was presented online and we watched and stamped from the comforts of our homes.

Here in Western Australia, we are in the very fortunate position of no community transmission of COVID for over 6 months and very few restrictions on what we are able to do. This is largely due to strict border controls with no visitors and quarantine periods for returned overseas travellers. I feel for the families affected by the travel restrictions, but so lucky to be living in our bubble (for now!).

The lack of restrictions meant that our Paper Adventures team were able to meet up for an OnStage@Home event. Organised by me and hosted by the Stand Up Stamper (Sheila Pybus), 12 of us gathered to share what we love – Stampin’ Up!

I tried to recreate all the good things about a Stampin’ Up! event and make the most of being able to have our version of an OnStage.

Everyone received a personalised goodie bag….

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

This contained a pen, OnStage themed notebook and a personalised makeup bag (or pencil case depending on what you store in there!).

Here’s some close ups of the notebook…

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

I styled it based on the OnStage@Home logo using Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party and Mango Melody cardstock. The label is from the Hippo & Friends Dies with the sentiment from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (in Night of Navy). The sentiment matched the theme of our team day so well and was a lovely theme to live by when using the notebook every day.

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

I invested in a heat press this year – and I have found it so useful for making personalised gifts. I usually make something for the team with their name on it when we meet for events – something they can use and keep the memories going!

Attendees also had the option to add merchandise including coffee cups, wine glasses, take home craft pack and more! This is one of the wine glasses (filled with water during the event, but I’m sure will be enjoyed with some wine this summer!).

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

The day was a mix of socialising, eating and stamping. We shared swaps, had pop up prizes and played some games.

The bag tag from the goodie bag was my swap for the day. You can see how much I love a good theme!

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

Here’s the swaps I got from the team. Such a talented group of ladies!

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

The make and take projects featured the soon to be released Dragonfly Garden stamp set, Dragonflies punch and Dandy Garden DSP. Demonstrators who registered for OnStage@Home were able to purchase these products in advance ready for some sneak peek stamping across the weekend.

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

I’ve had the privilege of seeing the new catalogue and *squeal* – you’re going to fall in love! So many new stamps, tools and accessories to add to your collection!!! The official pre-order period for demonstrators starts on 1st December 2020 (and can be added to a Starter Kit – wink wink!). OnStage@Home attendees have a small selection of products we are allowed to order early. The demonstrator perks are wonderful – a discount, early released products and a community of beautiful people to spend time with.

This is a close up of the shirt we all wore. The slogan was suggested by Narelle (Eleventh Hour Stamping), building on a saying that was on team Christmas present gifts a couple of years ago.

Here’s our lovely group from the day…

OnStage@Home 2020 | kelly kent

The day was high energy and lots of fun and I can’t wait to do it again! So many of us joined the team because we just loved the products (and discount), but it becomes so much more than that. The friendships and shared love of stamping add another layer of wonderful to the Stampin’ Up! experience. I can’t describe it to you, but you’re welcome to join our team and experience it for yourself! Email or message me to learn more about joining our Paper Adventures team. This is plane with no travel restrictions, no limits on the number of seats and it’s your choice when you hop off! (It’s also a COVID-free zone!).

If you’re local to the Bunbury area, you may want to try stamping at one of our Social Stamping session on a Monday morning. We’re there 9.30am-11am with two projects. It’s Christmas theme this term, but I can’t wait to use new catalogue products next year! Read more info here about the when & where of Social Stamping.

Lastly – this has been a long post, but it’s a fun way to keep the memories, so thank you for indulging me! I want to take this opportunity to thank my amazing team. I earned three recognition badges at OnStage@Home plus a career sales milestone. Without my team, I can confidently say, that I wouldn’t have earned any of them. They are the heart and soul of my stamping journey!

If you’re a fellow demonstrator who joined OnStage, I hope you had a wonderful time too!

Stay safe and here’s hoping we can all meet again in person for the next event!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Christmas

Earlier in the month, the Paper Adventures team celebrated Christmas.

I forgot to get a team photo (I’m terrible at capturing moments – too busy enjoying them!), but here’s me with our littlest Adventurer…

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

There was food, presents and of course stamping!

I organised a few festive games.  One of them was blindfolded stamping!

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Here’s how it worked…

I provided a box with stamp sets, blocks, ink pads, card bases, DSP, whisper white, ribbon & punches. Only one of each type of item was allowed at any time. Everyone formed teams of 2, with one person blindfolded and one person not. The ‘seeing’ person was able to get items, pass them to the ‘blind’ person, do any cutting required and give verbal instructions. The ‘blind’ person had to do everything else – stamping, sticking, punching, tie bows, etc
We set a 15 minute time limit and at the there was a parade and a winning card was chosen.

Here’s the teams in action…

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

Congratulations to Coriana & Kristel for their winning creation!

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017


For our presents we swapped Secret Santa gifts filled with…Stampin’ Up!  That’s what everyone wants for Christmas – yes?!

I got this amazing stamp set from the upcoming Occasions 2018 Catalogue.

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

I can’t wait to ink up in the new year!  It will be perfect for team cards!


Of course there were gifts from me too (I love giving gifts any time of the year but Christmas is perfect for sharing the love!).

Each team member got a personalised Paper Adventures bag…

Paper Adventures Christmas Party 2017

And a card…

Paper Adventures Christmas Card | kelly kent

As I was making the card I loved how it represented me & my style of 2017 – non-traditional colours, gold & white embossing, vellum, snowflakes…

Paper Adventures Christmas Card | kelly kent

And of course a message that shares how much my team means to me…

Paper Adventures Christmas Card | kelly kent

I wonder what 2018 will bring for new favourites & styling.

There’s so much more fun to be had for our Paper Adventures team in 2018.

If you’d like to be part of the fun, join Stampin’ Up! and see what it’s like.  Joining is a risk-free, excellent value opportunity – you should try it!

Click here for more info, or click here to select your Starter Kit.

Starter kits can include any combination of Annual Catalogue items, Holiday Catalogue products or Occasions Catalogue pre-order!!!

There’s never a bad time to join our amazing team!  And next Christmas you can join the party too!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

OnStage 2017 Team Presents

Well, it’s here!!  And we are here!  Myself and 6 of my Paper Adventures team are in Melbourne for a weekend filled with fun, stamping and great friendships.

Today we enjoyed a marvellous brunch and saw the sights of Melbourne.

At brunch we shared team swaps.  I know some of my team will blog their own creations, so I’ll leave that to them and just share what I gave out.

This weekend is going to be such a special memory, so I have created a little memory box using the Mini Pizza Boxes.

OnStage 2017 Memory Box | kelly kentI thought it would be a great way to help them remember their OnStage experience.  Thanks to iPhones, it’ll  be easy to get some happy snaps while we are away.

OnStage 2017 Memory Box | kelly kent

And then an accordion fold in the middle ready for photos!  The paper aeroplane is our team motif, so I have kept this cute stamp from a retired set for team projects!

OnStage 2017 Memory Box | kelly kent

I am so grateful for my team joining me in Melbourne (no mean feat to traverse the continent for a one day event), so I wanted to make them some gifts to commemorate our time together.

Nanna Papercraft is always on board with my crazy ideas and happily helped me to embroider these beautiful scarves with …. our aeroplane!  Thanks Mum!

OnStage 2017 Team Scarf | kelly kent

 

I thought a scarf was particularly fitting given Melbourne’s reputation for 4 seasons in one day!  Hopefully we catch some nicer weather than they had earlier in the week for Melbourne Cup!

OnStage 2017 Team Scarf | kelly kent

The scarf is protecting another gift – personalised water bottles!

I’ve been using my Cameo lots lately to add adhesive vinyl to glass & plastic items as gifts.  Several of my team were commenting how much they’d like something made for them…. little did they know what I was scheming!!

OnStage 2017 Personalised Water Bottles | kelly kent

There’s one for me too – I didn’t want to miss out!!!

OnStage 2017 Personalised Water Bottles | kelly kent

A big thank you to my team for making this weekend so special!

If you see us at the event, please say hi!  It’s going to be a great day!!!

I’m off now to the CentreStage event to see more of my demo friends, have a lovely dinner and get a sneak peek at the new catalogue.

There’s no sharing til next week though – my lips are sealed!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

OnStage 2017 – Team Swaps & Gifts

On Saturday I posted the cute little affirmation swaps I made for my stamping friends and this morning it was the magnetic frames I made for my team.

Of course, I received many in return and will share these with you in 2 parts.

This is the first part.  Swaps & gifts I received from my team, extended team and design team friends.

I felt so totally spoilt – it was amazing!

First it’s the team gift I received from my Mum – Sheila Pybus.

{I learnt all I know about the beauty of generosity from my parents!}

A personalised team towel….

And Big Shot cover…

A team themed mini Pop Up card from Kristel

Beautifully decorated chocolates from Mandy

A tasty treat from Siobhan…

Coriana made a super fun Pop up Box which was personalised for each team member…

Melissa was an honorary member of the Paper Adventures team for the day and made us all pretty lip balm gifts…


Although my team had already given me gifts, they shared their swaps with me too!

Plus swaps from my extended team!!!

Here’s what they made…


And also some totally spoilt by the design team members I caught up with at the Perth event.

Except for the gorgeous Nicole & Chantell who live in Perth, the other DT friends flew in from interstate.  It was so special to be able to catch up with them!

Did I say totally spoilt???  Look at these beautiful gifts & cards from Nicole Wilson (Colour INKspiration), Rachel Palmieri (Colour INKspiration & CASEing the Catty), Kathryn Mangelsdorf (Colour INKspiration & CASEing the Catty), Tina Gillespie (Just Add Ink) and Judy May (CASEing the Catty).


Well, wasn’t this a photo heavy post!!!  I loved all the creativity of OnStage and wanted to share the talents of the people I know!!!

I’ll share some of the other swaps I received later in the week.

Did I mention that I’m still on a post OnStage high???  If you didn’t come to this one, you’ll have to make plans for the next one which is 11th November 2017.  I’m able to reveal the locations tomorrow, so check back in for more OnStage recap!

OnStage 2017 – Affirmation Swaps!

Hello!  As this post goes live, I’ll be starting my day at the Perth OnStage event.

The excitement will be buzzing around the room as approx 175 Stampin’ Up! demos share their love of paper, stamps and ink with each other!

Part of this wonderful day is swapping creativity with each other.  It’s optional to join in with swaps but fun to do so!

“Swaps” can be cards or 3D items.  The only requirement is that they use current Stampin’ Up! products.

I’ve been a touch cheeky on the ‘current’ and included the retired Bermuda Bay glimmer paper from Sale-A-Bration… but it went with my colour theme!

And since we only find out today what’s retiring from the Annual & Occasions catalogue, there’s a chance there’ll be a few more retiring products on my design list.

But that’s ok – because what I wanted to share with my fellow demos was not how to use the products I’ve chosen, but the idea.

These super cute little affirmation bottles came about after a late night Facebook conversation with one of my Stampin’ Up! team.

Kristen is a doTERRA rep who joined Stampin’ Up! to purchase materials for thank you cards, packaging and to celebrate her team.  While chatting about the products we have in the range, the concept of affirmations came up – and from there, affirmations in a bottle!

The wonderful part of this idea is there are so many stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! range that have positive & uplifting sayings in them that could be used as affirmations.

Or, you can do as I have and use word & phrase builder sets to create your own affirmations.

The ‘you are’, ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ stamps are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set which is currently in the Annual Catalogue.

The ‘awesome’ and ‘great’ stamps are from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set – also in the Annual Catty.

The affirmations are stamped on plain copy paper – this was the easiest to roll up tight to fit in the bottle.  Our beautiful cardstock is too thick!


Of course, the little bottles are so cute when decorated with our pretty Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

I chose butterflies, glimmer, sequins & ribbons.

I used all the current sequin colours – gold, silver, Blushing Bride & Bermuda Bay, together with 1/8″ gold & silver ribbon and the Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon.

And used 4 coordinating glimmer colours – gold, Bermuda Bay (SAB offering), Silver & Blushing Bride.

Each embellishment segment is hot glued together and then hot glued to the glass bottle.


Here’s a close up of each colour combination…

Gold  & Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride & Gold

Silver & Bermuda Bay

Bermuda Bay & Silver

I packaged the swaps into the 2″ x 8″ cello bags (trimmed down before packing) and topped with a Decorative Label topper.

I made quite a few affirmations because I really wanted to spread the love!  I hope the other demos enjoy reading their message.

I know I’m going to get some amazing swaps back – I’ll share some with you this month.


I’m sure the mini bottles are available from a range of places.  I got mine on eBay – 5mL size.

Please use this idea for your own direct sales business as team gifts, or for your customers – or make some up to give to your friends, or as Random Acts of Kindness.

It’s a beautiful way to brighten someone’s day!


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