Just Add Ink #553 | sketch

Hello! I’m excited to be creating tonight with the Just Add Ink Design Team for challenge #553 – a sketch I designed for the team. They’ve knocked it out of the park – the creations are beautiful!

We can’t wait to see what you do with the sketch! You can join the challenge over at the Just Add Ink blog by adding your card to the gallery.

When I looked at this sketch again to make a project, it seemed better on its side. Lots of the design team agreed with me, so you’ll see lots of portrait styles on the JAI blog. You are welcome to adapt the sketch to suit your creativity – as long as you keep the main elements / structure.

I used the front panel and the strips to frame my succulent creation.

You’ll find the Simply Succulent bundle in the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. Not only does it come with succulent stamps and dies, but you also get the amazing cover plate die you see in the background of my card. Such amazing value and so many options for ways to use this bundle.

I’ve stamped the succulents in Evening Evergreen and coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Soft Succulent, Just Jade, Mint Macaron and Highland Heather. The cardstock colours for the card are Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen and Basic White. I am enjoying the green duo in the new In Colors – Soft Succulent is so dreamy and Evening Evergreen is a fabulous contrast.

Is this bundle part of your collection or on your wish list? It’s one of the many carryover products that made it to the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue, so we’ll be able to enjoy this bundle for the next year.

You can shop online for all your Stampin’ Up! needs – both catalogues are available in the online store, open 24-7. Click here to shop.

Have a wonderful weekend. I hope it’s filled with lots of happy!

Social Stamping | oh 2020!

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s my final post of 2020 and I’m so pleased to be joined by some amazing friends for the last Social Stamping Blog Host post of 2020.

I started these posts in March 2020 as the pandemic was starting to take hold and the world was taking a turn into unchartered territory for many of our generation. A pandemic in the 2000s with frequent travel and instant information certainly made for an interesting speed – both in terms of spread and news. Social Stamping in the blogging sphere was a great way for us to stay connected and purposeful while everything else seemed to be unpredictable and a bit gloomy.

The theme for today’s hop is “Oh 2020!”. It was open to my stamping friends who were joining in to interpret that as it fit for their recollection of 2020. My recollection is not of doom & gloom. Whilst there were moments of despair (Mr Papercraft being told not to return to work for an indefinite period of time was definitely one of those!), my memories of 2020 are largely positive. I enjoyed time at home with my kids (our daily walk was a highlight), a chance to reflect on what was important and the opportunity to slow down for a while.

We have been incredibly sheltered from the harsh reality here in Western Australia (though I do recognise that this depends on circumstances and those in the arts and hospitality and people separated from loved ones may have a very different view). Very strict border closures have meant very little spread of the virus and although we had a brief lockdown and home schooling experience, it has been mostly life as (new) normal for us. Social distancing is a loosely followed concept and we have returned to hugging, shaking hands and barely keeping our distance. This was a post from my personal Facebook on Christmas Eve reflecting on how blessed we are. How magical is that beach sunset?

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So, with that as my experience, my card to reflect today’s theme – Oh 2020! – is one of thanks. I am thankful to live in WA, thankful to have kept relative normality to our lives (for now), to have been able to see loved ones, to spend special occasions with family & friends and to have continued to work within a safe and low risk environment.

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My card is a mix of old favourites and new products which we get to know and love in 2021. While it’s good to reflect on the past, I’m looking forward to the future and optimistic about what it could bring!

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The new products are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. “Thanks” stamp is from the You Are Amazing stamp set and the Flower & Field DSP is a free choice from the SAB catalogue with a $90 order from 5th Jan 2021.

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Familiar favourites are the Triple Banner Punch and flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set (2020-2021 Annual Catalogue).

While I am spreading out the thanks, thank you to everyone who visited my blog in 2020. To everyone who left a comment, tried a project I shared or followed me here on one of my socials (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest). It’s always fun to reflect on the year, so here’s my 2020 in review…

It’s been a good year! But without an audience to blog to, blogging is not nearly as fun, so thank you so sharing this with me!

One last thank you for 2020 goes to my family – my family at Papercraft HQ (Mr Papercraft, the mini Papercrafts and Nanna & Grandad Papercraft). Your patience with 5 more “stamping minutes”, tolerance of dinners on the table later than I had in mind after I got waylaid with something stamping, allowance of sleep ins after night owl bedtimes and compliance with the sanctity of my craft room gives me the room to be happy and creative. The other half of this thank you is to my Paper Adventures team – my stamping family. Your friendship and sense of belonging to the stamping community kept it in my priorities for another year!

For more 2020 reflections from my stamping friends, click on the next button to visit Nicole Wilson. You can find a full list of the participants in this blog hop on the main Social Stamping Blog Host post here.

From my family to yours – happy new year!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Kit Challenge

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During the restrictions of COVID, our Paper Adventures Team participated in three challenges that we used as the basis for a card swap.

The first one was to send the materials required to make 4 cards with photos to inspire the recipient’s versions.

The second one was to send all the materials to make 3 cards, but no inspiration photos.

The third one was a card base with an attached piece of DSP and a couple of extra pieces to get the recipient started with their own version.

We had so much fun in each challenge, we thought we’d extend the theme through to our team hop for this month.  We welcome Joanne James from the UK to share in the fun with us!

Here’s the brief – projects must include a square piece of DSP, a piece of ribbon at least 4″ long, a trinket or embellishment and dry or heat embossing.  I can’t wait to see what the team makes!

I have the most fun with challenges when they extend my thinking and take me away from what I would normally make.  The need to use a square piece of DSP inspired me to create a 3D project using a 6″x6″ square piece of DSP as the starting point.  My new catalogue DSP finally arrived, just in time to create for this challenge!

This treat bag style bag & box in one was designed by Kim Price.  You can see her original projects including instructions and a video by clicking here.

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It has a square base and curved sides and is super cute.  And the best part – it starts with a piece of 6″x6″ DSP which means you can create it using any of the DSP designs in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’ve used the Artistry Blooms DSP for the treat bag paired with images from the Whale of a Time DSP.

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The finished size is 4-3/4″ tall by 2-3/4″ wide.  I plan to fill these boxes with chocolates as gifts for a workshop I have booked tomorrow night with some lovely local ladies.

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The whale for the blue treat bag has been cut with the coordinating Whale Builder Punch.  The turtle for the pink treat bag was fussy cut from the same DSP pack.

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With so many new things to play with at the moment, I’m enjoying mixing & matching between sets.  The tag is cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends Dies, with a slot die – which is also part of this set. I also used this on the top of the bag, placing the slot at a point where I could line up the bag and tag together.

The Hippo & Friends Dies are one of the best value sets in the catalogue with 25 dies including three different stitched  label options (in multiple sizes), accessory pieces and dies to match the characters from the Hippo Happiness stamp set.  I can’t wait to show you some projects with those cute little stamps!!!

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To complete the challenge, I used twine & ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack through the slot to close the bag, Basic Pearls & Basic Rhinestones as the embellishment and white heat embossing for the sentiment.  The ‘thanks’ sentiment is from the Whale Done stamp set. I’ve used masking tape to cover the bottom half of the sentiment and just stamp out the ‘thanks’.

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I’m excited to see how the rest of the team uses the 4 elements of the challenge to create their amazing projects.  The next creative queen is Lisa Whitehead.

Thanks again to Joanne James for joining us!  We love having international guests on our hop and are very grateful when they say yes to join us despite the challenges with time zones!

If you’re curious about Stampin’ Up! and becoming part of our Paper Adventures team, please let me know via a message on Facebook.  There’s a great bonus in the Starter Kit for this month with zero long term commitment or expectation.  Jump on board to see how it all works!!!  It may be the best decision you ever make!  If you live in Australia and you’re ready to join us, click here for all the Starter Kit info.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the forecast includes lots of stamping!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

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Hello & thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme today is “CASE the designer” and the designer is Sam Hammond Donald – aka “Pootles” from the UK.  We are touched that she has agreed to join us.  The friendship and kindness within the Stampin’ Up! community is amazing.  Sam is a million dollar earner with a successful blog.  She shares a project every day on her blog including cards & 3D projects. Sam is so generous with her time and talent – thank you Sam!

This is the card Sam made for our hop using Best Dressed DSP & Witty-cisms stamp set.

The team were encouraged to CASE (Copy & Share Everything or Copy & Selectively Edit) Sam’s design and create their own version based on the elements that influenced them.  It might have been the colours, the layout, the styling, the stamp set or the DSP.


I really loved that background and wanted to make it using cardstock rather than the Best Dressed DSP.

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I cut Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink and Purple Posy cardstock into random width strips and adhered them to a Whisper White base.  I then stitched around the outside to create a decorative border.  I really love stitching on cards.

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Where Sam used the Witty-cisms stamp set, I’ve added in a favourite flourish of mine – a heart and flower combination and a white heat embossed “thanks” sentiment.

The heart is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, the flowers from Dressed to Impress bundle and ‘thanks’ from the Music From The Heart stamp set.

I’ve carried the flowers through to the middle layer of the card too. They are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy, Pink Pirouette (retired) and Pretty Peacock.

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Although I cut the card up to achieve the background, this also works really well for those 1/4″ & 1/2″ strips that end up piling up on our desk when we’re cutting A4 sheets down into mat size.

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Thanks to the team for always being so willing to join in the blog hop and to Sam for making it a special one this month.  In a time of certainty, it was lovely to have this sparkling moment in our week.

Next blog on the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons and her pretty creation.

Have a safe and happy weekend.  I’ll be spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and hopefully some self isolation (from the kids!) in the craft room!!!

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CASEing the Catty #115 Sale-A-Bration

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Sunday again – they come around quickly!!!  I hope your weekend was fabulous!

Thanks for checking in with me tonight for the weekly CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

Hopefully you’ve joined our new Facebook page and are following all the wonderful projects that fellow crafters have been uploading.


This week we are CASEing (copying and sharing everything or copying and selectively editing – depending on which you prefer!) the Sale-A-Bration catalogue again.

There’s so much goodness in there!  Did you see that there’s 3 new Sale-A-Bration items you can redeem from 21st Feb???  Check out the graphic at the end of this post for a sneaky peak at them!

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As you follow this hop around, you’ll find projects made by the CTC Crew that were inspired by the sample photos on pages 8-11 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

One of my favourite Sale-A-Bration samples is the wedding card on the left below – made with the Delicate Details stamp set.  I love the styling & colours!

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It’s hard to improve on perfection, but I had a go at MITMO ‘making it my own’ – do you love this variation on the idea of CASEing (thanks to Deborah Harris for sharing it!).

I combined it with the Cupcakes & Carousels embellishment pack – the gold foil die cuts are out of this world for loveliness and the ribbon is ombre!!!

Here is my version…

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I changed the sentiment so that I could use the card personally – it was too sweet to end up in my ‘for later’ or ‘for sale’ card stashes!

“All Things Thanks” was a stamp set I bought as a bit of an indulgence, but I’ve gotten so much use out of it!  The stamps are quite detailed, but if I just need a ‘thanks’ or ‘thank you’ I mask out the specific detail with masking tape and carry on stamping!  I’ve even cut one of the stamps into two pieces!

Next up on the hop is the fabulous creativity of Elizabeth Gross

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Please join us with your creation inspired by pages 8-11 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  Remember, you don’t have to have the products on these pages.  You can copy a layout, be inspired by an embellishment, love the colours or adapt the design to suit what you have.

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Being inspired by the catalogues is one of the best ways to start your creative process!  Try it – you never know where you’ll end up!!!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, want that sneak peek?

Sale-A-Bration 2017 - 2nd Release. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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