Introducing… Stamp In Confidence

My gorgeous friend Lou & I have been working hard in 2018 to design a series of online class modules with unique content.

We wanted to provide an option for novice and developing stampers to build their skills and knowledge and therefore their confidence to create fabulous, unique cards.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen people ask for advice in online groups, admit to trawling Pinterest, spending hours on YouTube….

We’ve designed a series of modules that include live-style videos (real-time, no editing), tutorials, written content and online support.

These modules will suit new stampers, stampers who aren’t happy with the quality of their projects, stampers looking to refine their technique and stampers who want to develop their skills but don’t have the option of attending classes.

Module One registration is open now with the content due for release Mid March.

Each module is only $6 (Australian currency, or your country’s equivalent via PayPal). The value for each module is exceptional!

You can find all the information on our new Stamp In Confidence blog – stampinconfidence.blogspot.com.au.

Thanks for your support.  These modules may not be for you, but we appreciate you spreading the word to someone you know who might enjoy them!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Stamping Sunday January Tutorial Bundle

Stopping in tonight to share some exciting news!!!

The Stamping Sunday design teams have combined to create a monthly tutorial bundle!  The projects will have a different theme each month and are designed exclusively for Stamping Sunday by the design team members.

January’s tutorial features {FIVE} amazing tutorials by Denita Wright-Smee, Cheryll Miller, Danielle Bennenk, Sara Levin & myself.

The theme for January is Brushos & Sale-A-Bration.

You can see the Stamping Sunday Sale-A-Bration blog hop here.

If you’ve been curious about Brushos, need some project ideas and want a list of expert tips all in the same place, then this is the tutorial for you!!!

Order $50 of your favourite Stampin’ Up! products from me in January and the tutorial is yours for {FREE}.  I’ll email it to you once I’ve received confirmation of your order.

If you live outside of Australia or already have a demonstrator you purchase from, there’s great news – you can buy the tutorial via my PayPal store.

Click on the graphics below to purchase in either Australia dollars, US dollars or Euros.

I’ve love to see what you create with Brushos and your favourite Sale-A-Bration products!!!  Send me a picture and I’ll upload it to this post.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

Snowman Slider

Slider cards are always a good option if you want a card with ‘wow’ factor.

Everyone loves moving parts – especially the young and young at heart!

The mechanism for every slider card is the same – create a track using a punch or framelits, make a sliding component and add a shape to the top.

I was using coins for my slider component until a child tore apart my handmade card to get to the coins…. so I’ve swapped to washers!!!

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My Tuesday class asked to make a slider card last month so they could see all the steps of putting it together.

With Christmas on the agenda, it seemed like a good idea to put the Seasonal Chums stamp set & framelits to work!

Snowman Slider | kelly kent

Seasonal chums are great because they have a matching framelit!  Simpy snip around the snowman’s hat where the tag was designed to fold – such an easy shape!!!

The other stamp set you see is the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.

As well as being the coordinating stamp set for the the amazing Watercolour Christmas Project Kit, this set is just perfect for cards.

It has large sentiments in a cute font and some fun coordinating images.

The DSP for the slider track is the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP.  I’ve reinforced it with a layer of Whisper White cardstock to make sure it holds up to all that sliding fun.


The slider track for this card is made using the Classic Label Punch.

I punched the entire shape at each edge (lining up the outer edge of the punch with the edge of the cardstock) and then joined the two shapes by punching again in the middle.

This is a close up of the ‘slider sandwich’…

Slider Card Mechanism | kelly kent

And another view of the card…

Snowman Slider | kelly kent

I love these soft colours!!

If you need any supplies to make your own slider card, visit my online store to shop up a storm!

There’s some great specials during October!!  Click here for more info.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Vivid Vases – It’s a Whole Lot of Wonderful

I have noticed a trend in my Stampin’ Up! purchases.  The ones I ponder over the most – add to an order, remove from an order, add again and finally purchase … are the ones I end up falling the most in love with.  It happened with the Hardwood Background Stamp [can you believe I almost didn’t buy it!!!] and now it’s happened with the Vivid Vases single stamp from the Occasions catalogue.  I made a few of this particular very simple, but very stunning card to give to people who I wanted to thank.  One got sent Grandma’s way to say thank you for making my girls some great winter tracksuits, one got sent to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Support to say thanks for all the hard work they do and I’ve kept some for a rainy day.  It’s always lovely to get a ‘just because’ type card in the mail and I think the phrase on Vivid Vases could apply to a range of situations and recipients.  The quality of the Stampin’ Write Markers makes colouring a breeze, though I have seen some great cards on Pinterest that have DSP vases.

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To line the stamp set up evenly I used a few of my “tricks”.  Do you own a Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ)?  These are one of the greatest products in the SU! range.  It allows you to position your stamp exactly where you want it every time.  Now, for a stamp set like Vivid Vases, that only comes in wood, the positioning is going to be the same on the SAMJ sheet every time.  So my first trick is to create a permanent SAMJ sheet that you can keep with the stamp set.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet to the same size as the wood block of the Vivid Vases stamp.  Put aside the sheet that comes with the SAMJ and line your newly cut window sheet piece with the SAMJ handle.  Stamp the Vivid Vase image onto the window sheet using Jet Black Staz On Ink.  Now, when you want to use the stamp with your SAMJ, you don’t have to stamp it first, you can just line up your window sheet & handle, remove the sheet and stamp perfectly.

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My next tip is how to get the sentiment parallel to the bottom of your card.  I use this trick all the time to line up my stamping when the edge isn’t close to my stamp.  Cut a piece of scrap cardstock that is the same width as the gap you want between the bottom of your card and the stamped image.  For example, if you’d like it 1″ from the bottom, then cut a piece of cardstock that is 1″ wide.  Place a small amount of 2-way glue onto the back of this piece and allow to dry until it is tacky.  Place this cardstock guide strip along the bottom of the card.  Using the SAMJ, line up the bottom of the stamp with the top of the guide.  This will make it straight and perfect every time, without having to judge by eyesight alone.  Once you’ve stamped your Vivid Vases image, remove the cardstock strip.  It should gently ease away from the card base, as the 2-way glue become repositionable when allowed to dry before adhering.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my two tips for getting it straight.  Try them yourself and let me know how it goes!  I love hearing from you.  Kelly x