Paper Adventures Team Hop | Goodbyes

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Wow – this week I feel like I’ve raced into Friday in a full tail spin.  But, we made it!  It’s been a hectic week here at Papercraft HQ with lots of school activities including Mother’s Day afternoon tea, swimming lessons and parent-teacher interviews.  Bring on the weekend!

What a fabulous way to start the weekend – with a Paper Adventures team hop.  We welcome Teneale Williams as our guest designer.  Not only is Teneale amazingly talented, she’s also one of the nicest (and most humble) people I know.  It’s also a big hello to Sheila Pybus – Sheila usually joins in hops via her Facebook page but has this month made the leap to starting a blog!  Such an amazing achievement!

The theme for the hop this month is Goodbyes.  Although this theme could be interpreted in a number of ways, I’ve chosen to do the predictable thing and share a project with lots of items from the Last Chance Retirement List as we spend May saying goodbye to some amazing products from the Annual & Occasions Catalogues.

I’ve made a duo of baby cards – since if I make one in blue, I seem to need to make one in pink too!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

These card feature the Sweet Baby bundle &  Twinkle Twinkle DSP from the Annual Catalogue – all on the retirement list.

The blue card uses Pool Party cardstock.  Apart from the 2017-2019 In Colors, all colours in the colour families are staying for the foreseeable future.  Colour refreshes / revamps only happen every 5 or so years, so we’ll be enjoying the core colours for quite some time with some new In Colors to mix it up every year.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The pink version is Petal Pink.  Although Blushing Bride is my go-to pink (until I get my hands on the new Rococo Rose colour!!!), I always match card colours with the DSP.  Twinkle Twinkle features Pool Party, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Night of Navy & Whisper White.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

I’ve also used some products are that not on the retirement list.  We’ll be seeing the Rectangle Stitched Dies and Well Written Dies in the upcoming annual catalogue (phew!).

I’ve layered the word die (baby) 4 times using Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of the cardstock prior to cutting.  I’m a no mess kind of girl, so sticky stuff on the back really suits me.  Stampin’ Up! have discontinued their adhesive sheets but you’ll be able to find a similar product in other brands – or you can use strips of Tear & Tape.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The Rectangle Stitched Dies make it so easy to make a shaker card.  All the hard work in done for you with an amazing stitched edge and perfectly sized border.  Simply cut using 2 Stitched Rectangles (two sizes apart) and then back with Window Sheet.  Add Foam Adhesive Strip to the back side and adhere to your card front, filling with shaker pieces before you stick it down.

My shaker pieces are made using the Twinkle Builder punch (on the carryover list) and two retired punches – Heart Border and Star Border.  Retired does not mean no longer useful.  I hold on to lots of favourites!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

Shaker cards are perfect to add a bit of special to a card – and there’s nothing more special than a new baby coming into the world!


Next up on our team hop, saying her Goodbyes is our guest designer, Teneale Williams.

Thanks for joining us for this month’s hop!

For all your retirement list needs, visit my online store (product links for this project below).  Click here to browse the online store.

 

Participant List

Teneale Williams (Guest Designer)

Product List

My 2018 Project…

2018 has been a big year for the Papercraft family.

Mr Papercraft & I made the big decision to add another mini Papercrafter to our family.  After 2 very uneventful pregnancies with the Miss Papercrafts, this one was different from the beginning.  January (and beyond) was a blur of nausea and tiredness!  I’ve never spent so much time on the couch!  It meant there was very little time left for stamping!

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Baby Kent was still a little bit of a secret at OnStage in April, but just starting to show at some angles.

A true stamping addict, I managed to struggle through and keep up with my usual blog & design team commitments until July when I ended up on bed rest.  As I enjoyed the hospitality of three different hospitals and spent weeks away from home & family, my blog went unexpectedly quiet.  I missed my family, my craft space and my own bed!!!

After all the pregnancy drama, it made sense that baby Kent #3 was a BOY!

Meet baby Little Mr Papercraft – Finley.  Born 4 weeks early, but just perfect!

mypapercraftjourney | kelly kent

He’s a delight, everyone is besotted and we are enjoying being a family of 5.


You know they say it takes a community to raise a child?  Well, it felt like it took a community to get Finn here!   I am so grateful to have an amazing family who kept it all together while I was away and fabulous friends who visited me, brought me food & gifts and checked on me during the ups & downs.  I am blessed to have the tribe I do!

I wanted to send some thank you cards to some special people who really made a difference to my happiness.  It’s been nice to spend some time at the craft table between feeding the little man (I’m once again back to a larger than usual amount of time on the couch!).

The Sweet Baby bundle has the cutest stamps & dies – perfect for all types of baby cards.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

How cute is that bouncing baby boy!  And matching accessories (I just love the bear hat!).  So easy to colour using Stampin’ Blends.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The Twinkle Twinkle DSP from the Annual Catalogue is designed for all things baby – girls or boys.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

Despite the time in hospital, the emotional rollercoaster and the need to drop ‘life’ for a while (including my beloved Stampin’ Up!), we are so happy to have Finley with us.

I have no set plans for blogging in 2018.  Most of my focus will be enjoying our new little man, focusing on the Miss Papercrafts and crafting for pleasure when I have time.  I’ve taken leave from all my design team commitments for the foreseeable future and will return when I feel it’s the right time.  There will be posts, but they’ll be when I have time with projects I’d like to share.

The best way to keep in touch is to ‘follow’ my blog – that way you’ll get email updates when I post something new on my blog.

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Just one more photo to finish – Finn and his very proud big sisters!

mypapercraftjourney.com | kelly kent


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Twinkle Twinkle

It would seem from the name of this suite, that Twinkle Twinkle would be the perfect option for welcoming gorgeous little twins into the world.

One of my stamping friends added two little blue bundles of absolute joy to her family this month.  The new parents are just smitten with their cute new additions – as they should be!

This is the card I made to say hi!

Little Twinkle | kelly kent

I used two of the hearts from the Little Twinkle stamp set – one for each new little guys and added the sentiment in silver embossing.

Little Twinkle | kelly kent

I’m not too sure about the accuracy of that sentiment – I’d say their world just got a lot brighter!  And noisier!  But definitely less sleep.  Whoever coined the phrase ‘sleep like a baby’ must have been a little sleep deprived!!!

Little Twinkle | kelly kent

The Twinkle Twinkle DSP is available this month as part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion.

Shop online for any of your favourite Stampin’ Up! products: Click here to browse the online store

You’re sure to find lots of pretty things you love. I know I do every time I look!!!

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ESAD Blog Hop | DSP

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Do you have a favourite category of Stampin’ Up! products?  I love so many of the things in the catalogue, but DSP is the one thing I buy every design, every catalogue – so I’m putting DSP at the top of my favourites list.

So, it was exciting to find out this month that Stampin’ Up! are offering a buy 3, get 1 free offer on the whole range of standard ($19.25) DSP patterns.  There’s 10 to choose from!

Once you’ve got your 4 new packs of paper, you’ll be after some ideas on making the most of them!  So, join me on a blog hop with my ESAD friends to see how these crafty ladies are using their DSP!

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With my love of DSP (and lots of choice of patterns), I have collated a few of my favourite ways to use DSP to create simple but elegant cards.

5 ways with DSP | kelly kent

I’ve used the designs available as part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion to demonstrate each style in action.

FEATURE

A whole card front of DSP is the easiest way to use your DSP.  Cut it up, enjoy the beautiful patterns & show your family and friends that you care about them enough to use your pretty paper on their card!

Garden Impressions

Garden Impressions DSP | kelly kent

Tropical Escape

Tropical Escape DSP | kelly kent

RIP

Most of the time we cut our DSP with a trimmer (or scissors) and have a nice straight line.  The composition of DSP gives a lovely edge when you rip it.  One of my favourite quick & easy card designs is to cut a piece of DSP slightly longer (ie, 6″) and rip the bottom third.  Flip it over to show the reverse side and adhere both pieces to form your card front.  Add a bit of twine & a sentiment for an awesome card.

Animal Expedition

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

Tranquil Textures

You don’t have to use the bottom third – the ripped edge creates a lovely contrast to the card base (and a great place to put a sentiment!).

Tranquil Textures | kelly kent

STRIP

A strip of cardstock is a great way to show off the patterns of a DSP and get multiple cards from a 6″ piece.  Or it’s a great way to use the 2″ strips left over from card fronts when using 6″x6″ DSP (either the stacks sold by Stampin’ Up! or in a paper share).

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle | kelly kent

Wood Textures

Wood Textures | kelly kent

PANEL

This is a twist on using cardstock as a whole card front.  Cut your cardstock 1/4″ (0.5cm) smaller than the usual width, then divide the width into three equal portions and cut into panels.  Keep them in order and stick to your card base with equal spacing.  Using panels just adds a bit of extra interest and texture to your card!

Petal Promenade

Petal Promenade | kelly kent

Under the MistletoeUnder the Mistletoe | kelly kent

BANNER

Banners are a favourite of mine on simple cards (well any card really!).  The Triple Banner punch makes this really easy, but you can cut banners using scissors too.  Layer up a few awesome patterns from the DSP (front & back or a couple of different sheets) and add some twine & a sentiment to finish.

Nature’s Poem

Nature's Poem | kelly kent

Best Route

Best Route | kelly kent

Please CASE (copy) these layouts for your own card making, classes or blog posts.  Beautiful DSP likes to be chopped & used – it doesn’t like to sit in plastic!!!

For more DSP ideas, keep hopping to visit my lovely & talented friend Rochelle Blok.

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If you’re ready to add more DSP to your collection, here’s the online store links for the designs that feature in the buy 3, get 1 free promotion.  Add your 4 favourites to your shopping cart and the 4th won’t cost you a thing!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Fi Cobbin
  5. Delys Cram
  6. Sharon Dalton
  7. Kim Oliver
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Rebecca Scurr
  13. Narelle Fasulo
  14. Barbara Williams
  15. Maree McIntosh
  16. Libby Dyson
  17. Cheryll Miller
  18. Denise Buetler
  19. Mandy Depiazzi

 

Enjoy the Little Things Video In Life Video Blog Hop | June – Guest Designer

Hello!  It’s an early blog post today as I have the great pleasure of joining the Enjoy the Little Things in Life Design Team for their June video blog hop.

I’ve been doing a few videos lately as part of my Stamp In Confidence program (read about that here), but it’s still not natural for me to be organised enough to craft and video at the same time!!!

But life is all about challenges and extending ourselves, so I was delighted to say yes to a guest designer role with the Enjoy the Little Things DT.

The theme for this hop is 3D.  The design team has come up with some lovely creations, complete with tutorial videos to help you make your own versions.

I’m so much of a card girl, and don’t often make boxes, bags or other 3D items.

So, for today’s project, I’m combining the two – a card that features an interactive 3D component.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

One of the new bundles in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Love You to PIeces stamp set and coordinating Puzzle Pieces Thinlits.  Such a fun way to create cards for big & little people!

I’ve created a double layer frame for the puzzle to sit in, so once the puzzle is together, it fits snugly onto the card front and looks like it’s part of the card.

But, the pieces can be taken out, mixed up and put back together just like a regular puzzle.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the new embossing mat with the puzzle thinlit to create the background outline to guide the puzzle doer.

There’s so many pretty DSP patterns in the new catalogue that are perfect for this style of card.  This design is Petal Promenade – beautiful photography patterns of flowers on the main side & marble on the reverse.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Watch my tutorial video here to show you the steps for making your own interactive puzzle card.

Materials:

  • Card base: Thick Whisper White – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (10.5cm x 29.7cm), scored at 5-7/8″ (14.8cm)
  • Card mat: Blushing Bride – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (10cm x 14.3cm) x 2
  • DSP: Petal Promenade – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Backing for DSP: Thick Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Mat for Puzzle inlay: Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Scrap of Whisper White
  • Tranquil Tide Ink
  • Shimmer Ribbon – Powder Pink
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, Glue Dots
  • Big Shot & accessories (magnetic platform, cutting plates, embossing mat)

These puzzle cards were so much fun to make (and so easy), I made them in a couple of our other awesome DSP patterns too.

Animal Expedition

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Twinkle Twinkle

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

All of these DSPs plus 7 of their friends are available in July as part of the Buy 3, get one free special.  It’s a great time to stock up!

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today – and thanks for the Enjoy the Little Things DT for having me as a guest designer.

There’s a list of amazing designers taking part in the this video hop.  Click on the cute little blue frog to bring up the list and choose someone else to visit.

To hop in order, you’ll next visit the gorgeous Kim Oliver – click here to see what she’s made.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Product List – Petal Promenade

Product List – Extra supplies for alternative designs