Twas the Day Before Christmas | Merry & Bright

Happy Christmas Eve! We made it to the day before!!!

If Paper Pumpkin won Christmas for me this year, the Peace & Joy bundle stole my heart!

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

From the layering stamps and dies to those amazing teeny tiny little block words, this stamp set was the perfect sentiment option for the bright & bold this Christmas!

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

It also had accessory stamps such as the cute holly I’ve used to dress up this card.

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

If you need cards in a hurry today, this banner layout using stripes of 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″ DSP (I used Heartwarming Hugs) and the Triple Banner Punch. Add your favourite – or closest to hand – Christmas stamps and you’ll have a set of cards ready to share in no time at all!

If you celebrate Christmas tonight, I hope your celebrations are wonderful. If you have toys to construct, presents to wrap, food to cook or a house to clean, I wish you patience and hope there’s some frivolity & joy in your preparations.

One more sleep (hopefully a full night of it!!!)

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

CASEing a Coffee Card

I hit up the catalogue this week for a card using the Coffee Cafe stamp set.

Do you ever use your catalogue for inspiration?

CASEing refers to “Copy And Share Everything” or “Copy And Selectively Edit”.

When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, the Annual Catalogues were marketed as ‘ideas books’.  And it’s such a good description.

The pages are filled with ideas for colour combinations, layouts, techniques & other ways you can use your Stampin’ Up! supplies.

This gorgeous photo shows so many ideas for the Coffee Break Suite…

Coffee Break Designer Series Paper

Cards inspired from the catalogue can either be a direct copy of what you see, a mix of elements or a starting point for your own creation.

Coffee Break | kelly kent

My finished card used the layout at the right of the catalogue photo, the DSP background from the card above it and added some copper heat embossing & woodgrain textured embossing (which I have realise as I write this, is not longer current!).

Coffee Break | kelly kent

If you already love using the catalogue for inspiration, or if it’s a new concept to you, you might want to join our CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

Each week we select a catalogue category or theme and set a challenge for you to ‘CASE’ the catalogue.

I find my best creations often come out of challenges!

Be inspired!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Product List

It’s All In The Layout!

I’m stopping in quickly today to share with you a card we made at the January class – and then another variation I made, just by changing the colours.

Card making doesn’t have to be hard, or constantly inventive – one of my best tips is to create in multiples.

You can do this several ways …

  • Change the colours
  • Flip the layout to landscape (or portrait)
  • Choose a different sentiment
  • Swap in a different main image (ie, a balloon, butterfly, dragonfly, hot air balloon)

I love banners – and the Triple Banner Punch.  They are great for all types of cards, but particularly good for masculine or neutral cards.

This is the class card we made using the Urban Underground DSP & matching cardstock colours
(which is another time saving tip – let SU! help you with colour matching).

Urban Underground. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I then changed to the card to use the Succulent Garden suite – using the DSP and coordinating cardstock colours.

Succulent Garden. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Next time you sit at the craft table – play around with your designs.  Make some changes and see if you can make a card that’s same-same-but-different with minimal effort.

And while you’re at it, make 2!  That’s a great way to craft efficiently!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


Product List – Urban Underground

Product List – Succulent Garden

My SU! Secret: What I Did Today…

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As you know, I’ve been keeping a secret …

It all starts here …

A couple of months ago, Stampin’ Up! home office in the US contacted me to ask if I would be a presenter in a demonstration booth at convention. I was skeptical when I first got the email – what would home office know about ME, a little known demo on the west coast? Well, apparently they do know about me and my love of punch art. And they wanted me to share the passion with my fellow demos at this years convention.

So, the last couple of months have been filled with new products, sneak peaks and late night brainstorms to come up with an hour of demonstrating and a board filled with samples.

What an amazing experience! Without this opportunity, convention would never have been possible for me.

Here’s some photos:

Getting miked up
Getting miked up

In action
In action

In action
In action

My set up
I My set up

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My 3D items
My 3D items

Over the next little while, I’ll share my samples with you. But I’ll start today with the two cards I demo’ed.

The first card focused on the “Tree Builder” punch and “Sprinkles of Life stamp set” which will appear in the new catalogue (starts 2nd June). I used the tree shape to create a template for sponging clouds & grass and then added a stamped & punched tree on top plus a beautiful sentiment.  The DSP is from a new paper stack called “Cherry on Top” and the embossing folder is “Happy Heart” which is carrying over from the Occasions catalogue.

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The second demo I did used the “Triple Banner” punch and “Build a Birthday stamp set” which are also coming up in then new catalogue.  It features a layered banner plus some current (annual catalogue & Occasions catalogue) offerings.

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Tonight, as you can imagine, I’m exhausted by what has turned out to be an amazing part of my papercraft journey. I’m feeling very blessed. Kelly x