Stamp Review Crew – Timeless Textures

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Morning!  Officially it’s spring here in Bunbury, Western Australia – but someone forgot to tell the weather man!  So, instead of bright and sunny, it’s overcast and a little soggy!

Not to worry, stamping & blog hopping doesn’t need perfect weather and in fact, it’s nice and cosy at the craft table!!!

Snuggle up, and come around the world as we visit international blogs in search of inspiration for today’s feature stamp set – Timeless Textures!

It’s a set with unlimited possiblities and I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with.


During the week, I’d decided that I was going to use the stamps to form a repetitive background sequence in clear embossing.

I’d only intended to make a couple, but as I started matching the background pieces with other stamps in my collection, it was fun to keep going!

All in all, I made 5 cards in this style.  Here’s the backgrounds…

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Clear Embossed Backgrounds. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And here’s the cards…

Block of Dots + Seaside Shore

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Circles + Fairy Celebration

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Random Dots + Lots of Love

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Fleur de Lis + Mixed Drinks

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Woodgrain +  Country Livin’

Stamp Review Crew - Timeless Textures. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m undecided if they need sentiments or if they say enough as they are!

What do you think???

Any favourites???  For me it’s never the planned cards but always the afterthoughts that I fall in love with.  I love the cowboy boots!!!

Thanks for hopping with me!

Next stop on the inspiration trail is Shana Gaff and her timeless creations!

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If you get lost anywhere along the way, click on the banner at the start of this post to take you to the full link up.

You won’t want to miss a moment of the hop – each post is so inspiring!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #88 Everyday Occasions

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Good evening! Thanks for joining me for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  I’m still super excited to be a part of the fun and hope you’re enjoying the regular inspiration trips we’re going on each week.

For me, it’s a great way to see products I own in a different light and get ideas for card layouts.  Plus, as I travel around the hop, I love soaking up the tips and tricks from seasoned demonstrators that help me to get the most out of my stamping supplies.


Images (c) Stampin' Up! 2016

Today were revisiting the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue – because there’s so much choice!

Last hop I CASEd the sweet & starry card from page 91.

This time, it’s the foxy box on the previous page (pg 90).  How cute is it???

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I decided to transform this box into a baby card.

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

At first I thought the fox was stamped but when I realised the proportions were way out I went hunting through the paper stack and found the little fox just needed some fussy cutting!  I am totally in love with the “A Little Foxy DSP”.

And he came in three colours – which inspired a trio of baby cards.

For a new little man…

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And a neutral baby favourite – yellow & gray…

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Here are all three colour combinations side by side – click on the photo to make it bigger.

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Changing the colours of a catalogue inspired card (or Pinterest found card) is a great way to add your own spin on the original design.


Don’t forget that if you’d like to join us in CASEing something from the catty (it really is as easy as it looks), then please do so!  Click on the link below to add your project!

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Next stop on today’s hop is Deb Speijers, who has a great card to share.

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Make sure to keep hopping – you won’t want to miss any of this fabulous inspiration!

If you get lost at any point along the way, head back to the main page for a full list of participants.

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Thoughtful Teacher Thanks – GDP#045

Did you see my DIY Blackboard Letters yesterday???

Well, while a girl has blackboard paint out – she’s gonna play!  I couldn’t resist painting a piece of thick Whipser White cardstock just to see how it would come up.

And it was beautiful!  And perfect for the colour challenge this week at Global Design Project #045.


I’m getting organised early this year and have started an assortment of cards for things that fall in the second half of the year including thank you cards for teachers.

These little gems have an actual blackboard background so that parents or students can write on the black space using chalk.

Chalkboard Thank You Teacher Cards.  Thoughtful Branches & Large Letters.  GDP#045.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Perfect for personalising the card!

Chalkboard Thank You Teacher Cards. Thoughtful Branches & Large Letters. GDP#045. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Did you spy the new sentiments?  They are from the gorgeous Thoughtful Branches bundle which is an August exclusive available from 2nd August 2016.

And perfect for a range of occasions – including thank you & appreciation, as used in these cards.  Oh my – that delicious font!!!

Chalkboard Thank You Teacher Cards. Thoughtful Branches & Large Letters. GDP#045. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ll be sharing more samples from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set next week including a special Stamp Review Crew hop on Monday.  You’ll want to check in and see just how lovely it is – it’ll be hard to resist adding this bundle to your collection.

See you then!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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Birthday Wishes Miss M!

Yesterday was Miss Maddie’s 3rd birthday!

I think turning 3 is the first birthday that kids have where they are fully aware that being the birthday girl (or boy) is a momentous occasion that should be milked for all it’s worth!!!

It’s been a big lead up to this birthday with festivities starting in early July and gaining some serious speed this week!

Miss M turns 3!  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Making a card for your own child is always a tough task!  Of all the things you could choose from, what should it look like???

For Miss M, I went with a bright and fun card that was all about being “3”.

Birthday Wishes Miss M. What make a fun card when you're 3??? A shaving foam background, lots of glimmer & three candles. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Inspired by a post by Carolina Evans last week, I decided to make a shaving foam background for the card.  No two cards are ever the same with this technique!!!

Birthday Wishes Miss M. What make a fun card when you're 3??? A shaving foam background, lots of glimmer & three candles. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Miss M is so proud of turning three and is continually showing us she’ll be “this many” – complete with three fingers held up!  So I thought the 3 candles would be a perfect touch!

Birthday Wishes Miss M. What make a fun card when you're 3??? A shaving foam background, lots of glimmer & three candles. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Want to make your own marbled background?

You’ll need shaving foam, reinkers, a skewer and cardstock (Shimmery White is my favourite).

  • Squirt the shaving foam onto a cleanable surface (or one you can throw out – I used a piece of DSP backing cardboard)
  • Add a couple of drops of reinker in your chosen colours at random points on top of the foam
  • Swirl with the skewer
  • Press your cardstock onto the shaving foam surface
  • Remove excess shaving foam (Carolina used a squeegee – clever!!!)
  • Allow to dry before using!

Extra tips:

I find that the second or third pieces of cardstock you smoosh are often the best as the colours are less specific & intense.  But it really depends on what effect you are looking for.

Try to stay away from dark colours (or only add 1 drop) as they can overpower your whole project.

Be mindful that as your inks blend you may end up with a new colour as they interact (remember kindergarten – blue & yellow = green!).

Birthday Wishes Miss M. What make a fun card when you're 3??? A shaving foam background, lots of glimmer & three candles. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Happy Birthday to the cheeky monkey that rules our roost!!!

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Bonus Days Start Tomorrow!!!

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Stampin’ Up! have an amazing new promotion starting tomorrow.

From July 7-31 2016, spend $90 on any of your favourite items from the new catalogue and you’ll get a $9 Bonus Days coupon to spend in August.

There’s no limit.  Spend $180 and get 2 vouchers, spend $270 and get 3 vouchers!

All the details in more detail…

Join the Fun of Bonus Days!  For every $90 you spend on Stampin' Up! from 7-31 July 2016, you'll get $9 Bonus Days Coupon to redeem 2-31 August 2016.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I can place an order for you – just send me an email, or you can shop online 24-7.

Everyone loves a bonus!!!

Kelly x

Magic Dinosaur Reverse X-Ray Card

We must be back in a birthday orbit at the moment because this is the second kids birthday card I’ve shared this week!  (Or is it the third?)

This card ended up being a comedy of errors to make.  I had it all planned out in my head, but putting it the magic part together involved a fair bit of prising apart and re-doing.

I almost didn’t blog it but because it’s a cool card – I wanted to share.  You are likely to be able to recreate it without the hassles I encountered!!! (I’m sure I did every step the hard way)

I also wanted to remind you that blog writers are normal crafters too – with just as many failures, ’roundabout’ creations and trial & error cards to their name as you.

Often you don’t hear about how many attempts it took to get the one you see in the photo, or how much cardstock ended up in the bin before we got it right!  It can seem like you’re the only one making ‘templates’ (this is what my Tuesday class ladies call their practice attempts – templates that you go back to for measurements & reminders).  I am here to tell you – EVERYONE MAKES TEMPLATES!


So, here is my magic dinosaur card…

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Where’s the magic?  Pull here and he goes from being an x-ray dino, to a ful colour T-Rex!

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I had made the suggestion to Stampin’ Up! (on more than 1 occasion) that vertical sentiments would be awesome – and this catalogue we got them!!!!  Yay – sometimes you just need a n option that goes up & down!

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

He’s not perfect, but he works (kinda… don’t pull too hard).  I hope Mr 6 enjoyed the fun of turning his dinosaur card into full colour!  Kelly x

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Stamp Review Crew – Papillon Potpourri

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Welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew of the new catalogue. While we all stock up on new goodies, the next couple of hops are sharing carry over favourites.

In case this is the first time you’ve linked in with us at Stamp Review Crew, here’s how it works.  The blog hop follows a group of international demonstrators who all share ideas on how they used a particular stamp set.  Each blog links to the next until you’ve travelled around in one big circle of creativity.

For this hop, the next stop is Valerie Moody.  If you  get lost along the way, click on the image at the very top of this post which will take you to the main SRC page.  The posts are all designed to go live slightly ahead of official ‘go time’, so if it doesn’t quite work straight away, please check back the next day as we usually have it all ironed out by then.


Today is a butterfly frenzy as we showcase the Papillon Potpourri stamp set.  This was one of the very first sets I got and it’s stood the test of time! Who doesn’t love a beautiful butterfly!?!

And what do we love even more???  A stamp set with coordinating products.  Both the Elegant Butterfly punch & Bitty Butterfly punch feature in the catalogue, so it makes creating with this stamp set a breeze!


Today’s project requires just a quick little bit of background – because it’s not my usual share (ie, it’s not a card!).

The smallest Miss Papercraft is charming, funny, cheeky and quite difficult to understand!  Some of you may know my ‘real’ job (the one that helps me to fund my ever-growing  stamp collection) is as a paediatric Speech Pathologist.  So, it feels like the plumber with the leaky tap at my house to have a child with a speech sound disorder.  She’s just little, but getting bigger, so we’ve recently started on an official Speech Pathology journey for her.

And to start, this involves working on the sound ‘b’.  So when this stamp set was chosen for the Stamp Review Crew, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to create some butterfly memory cards for her using Salt Dough.

Stamp Review Crew: Papillon Potpourri. Salt Dough Stamping - Butterfly Memory Game. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you ever tried stamping on dough and then baking it?  You can’t use regular dough – but this salt dough mix works perfectly because the salt helps the dough to ‘set’ when baking and stops it from going off.  It’s often used for making Christmas decorations – which would also be a great stamping project!

Because of the high quality of Stampin’ Up! inks and stamps, they work really well on salt dough.  The colours don’t fade or bleed and the images are crisp and detailed.

Stamp Review Crew: Papillon Potpourri. Salt Dough Stamping - Butterfly Memory Game. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Salt Dough is easy to make.  I used my Thermomix (because I can) but a food processor would also work.

Add to the bowl: 190g plain (all-purpose) flour, 150g fine salt, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 160g cold water

Mix: speed 5 for 5 seconds

Knead: 2 minutes

Roll: between baking paper until approx 3cm thick.  (You don’t want it paper thin, but you don’t want it too thick!)

Cut: using a cookie cutter into the preferred shape (I used a scalloped circle cutter, but any shape will work)

Stamp: ink up your chosen stamp with your chosen ink colour and firmly but gently with even pressure (not too much downward force or rocking), stamp your image on to the dough.

Bake: 2 hours on 120 degrees Celsius {note: every oven is different and your oven may need more or less time}

Stamp Review Crew: Papillon Potpourri. Salt Dough Stamping - Butterfly Memory Game. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Your finished creation is not a cookie and should not be eaten.  When you take them out of the oven, they should be hard but not ‘browned’ and will keep in a sealed bag or container for at least 6 months.


I made two of each colour butterfly using favourite colours from the Brights range (Tempting Turquoice, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red & Pumpkin Pie).

The Little Miss Papercrafts and I have been playing memory with our butterfly creations and unfortunately for the Littlest Miss & I, we get beaten every time by the Biggest Miss.  Her memory has always been amazing – for as long as she’s been able to talk & play games!

There’s lots of ‘b’ practice for each butterfly we turn over and the extension of this game is great with the different colours (yellow butterfly, purple butterfly…).

I’m not sure yet what the next sound will be, but lets hope it involves having to buy a new stamp set for more Salt Dough Stamping!!!

Next stop on the hop is Valerie and her stunning vellum embossed butterfly – I can’t wait to try that!

Kelly x

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It’s an ESAD Blog Hop… next week! For now, it’s more pre-order fun!

Did you visit earlier in the week and I promised an ESAD blog hop?  Well, quite a few of us were under the pump over the past week with catalogue launches, illness and generally crazy lives.  So, we’ve decided to put it off til next week.

This forms part of a really great decision I think – because by next week, many of us will have had BBBs (Big Brown Boxes) of Stampin’ Up! arrive on the doorstep and I’m anticipating some great variety of project from the new catalogue.


Not to leave you high and dry,  I still wanted to show you a few projects I’ve been working on with items from my pre-order.  These items are all now available for everyone to order (online or through your demonstrator).

This is a card we made in a class last week using one of my favourite ‘fancy fold’ designs – a Shadow Box card.  We used the Sitting Here stamp set, Playful Palette DSP and new In Colours!

Shadow Box (portrait) using Sitting Here stamp set, Playful Palette DSP & 2016-2018 In Colors. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

One of the greatest things about this card design is that it stands up when displayed, but folds flat for putting into an envelope.

Shadow Box (portrait) using Sitting Here stamp set, Playful Palette DSP & 2016-2018 In Colors. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And then because I hadn’t made one of these in a while and the Sitting Here version reminded me how fun it was, I made another (in the landscape orientation) using some more pre-order favourites.

This little boat is from the Swirly Bird stamp set.  So, as well as stamping out some great swirls & scribbles, you can also use the pieces in the stamp set to make boats, birds, kites and more!

Shadow Box Boat Birthday Card - Swirly Birds stamp set, Thoughtful Banners stamp set & Duet Punch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Shadow Box Boat Birthday Card - Swirly Birds stamp set, Thoughtful Banners stamp set & Duet Punch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Want to make your own shadow box?  It’s really quite simple.

  1. Cut an A4 piece of cardstock in half.
  2. Keep one half (put the other aside for another project) and cut that in half again.
  3. Score 1/2″ & 1″ from each side (long side for a portrait card and short side for a landscape card).
  4. Card front: Fold the 1″ score line under and then back on itself again along the 1/2″ score line.  Cut a shape of choice between the inside score lines using a framelit & your Big Shot.
  5. Card back: Fold the 1″ score line on top and then back on itself again along the 1/2″ score line.
  6. Put adhesive on the back of the card front along the panel made between the 1/2″ & 1″ score lines and attach to the same panel on the card back.

Like to see instructional videos?  I like this one by Dawn.

Stamp, embellish & decorate your shadow box however you choose. You’re best to decorate the back panel prior to the adhesive step (#6) and depending on how you decorate your back panel, sometimes it’s best to stamp before you score (step 3).

Thanks for joining just me today.  I promise a hop filled with fabulous inspiration next week – so visit back then!!!  And tomorrow you can look forward to another Stamp Review Crew hop.  Lots of fun to be had over the coming months as everyone’s creativity bursts with new catalogue love!

Kelly x


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Time to say Goodbye to a Good Friend!

Just a quick reminder – today is your last chance to buy anything you really loved from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue or 2016 Occasions catalogue that is not carrying over to the new annual catalogue.

For a quick ‘flick’ through what’s still available on the retirement list, head to the “Retiring Products” section of the online store.

There’s still time to sneak in one last order before all the new things get uploaded to the website!!!  From tomorrow, you’ll be able to view & order from the new catalogue.

I really loved (and will be sad to see them go) the products from the Going Places suites.

Retiring Soon: Going Global stamp set, Going Places DSP & World Traveler embossing folder. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

FEATURING: Going Global stamp set, Happiest Birthday Everyone hostess stamp set, Going Places DSP & World Traveler embossing folder.

If you’ve thought of, been tempted by or seen something you must have, you can place an order by sending me an email or visiting my online store.  The hostess code to apply for orders under $250 is CUSYWJ3B.

The cut off for all retiring products is 10pm WA time Tuesday 31st May 2016.  The system will be down for 3 hours (10pm-1am WA time, midnight – 3am EST) while they update the online store.  And then from 3am Wed 1st June 2016 it’s all about the new products!!!


Many thanks to all my wonderful customers and blog followers for your support & friendship during the 2015-2016.  It’s been an incredibe year for me and I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months brings!!!

If you like what you’ve seen for the 2015-2016 catalogue season & you’d like an email every time I add a new post, please ‘follow’ my blog by clicking on the button below.

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I’m so excited to have you on board for all the goodness that 2016-2017 brings!

Kelly x

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Birthday Wishes to Me! 2016-2018 In Color Presents!

{HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!}

I’ve been so spoilt by birthday cards (& even some presents) today and can’t wait to share them with you during the week.

But for today, I wanted to share with you the birthday presents I bought myself – the 2016-2018 range of In Colors.

{HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!}

I’ve teamed them with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Duet Banner punch & Thoughtful Banners stamp set – which were also available on pre-order and somehow magically ended up in my birthday box!

{HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KELLY!!!}

Happy Birthday to Me! New catalogue pre-order 2016=2018 In Color birthday present plus Swirly Scribbles Thinlits & Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Happy Birthday to Me! New catalogue pre-order 2016=2018 In Color birthday present plus Swirly Scribbles Thinlits & Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Happy Birthday to Me! New catalogue pre-order 2016=2018 In Color birthday present plus Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Duet Banner punch & Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It usually takes me a while to warm to the new In Colors – but these have become instant love.  They are beautiful and coordinate so well together!

{HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!}

I can’t wait to buy myself some more new products when the catalogue goes live.  Birthday presents – round 2!!!

Thanks again for the lovely birthday wishes.  I’m having a wonderful day so far with my beautiful family.  Kelly x

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